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This article is about the field of Gondolin. For the valley of Gondor, see Tumladen.
Tuor-and-Gondolin

Tuor surveys the field of Tumladen and the city of Gondolin, as drawn by Ted Nasmith

Tumladen was a green field located within the Encircling Mountains where the great city of Gondolin was located.

In the center of Tumladen was a small hill made of smooth stone, called afterwards the Amon Gwareth. This stone hill was the foundation for the city Gondolin, built by Turgon.

History

Prior to its settlement by the Elves, Tumladen was a great lake, which was eventually drained by the Dry River. It was located east of the upper waters of Sirion, as was found out later by the Elves, in the middle of the Encircling Mountains. Turgon was shown by Ulmo, a Vala, where it was located by means of a dark tunnel that ran deep under the mountains, hollowed out by streams that ran to join the Sirion. In this way, Turgon discovered the vale of Tumladen, and thought it indeed to be a perfect place to construct his city that was supposed to be modeled after the great city of Tirion upon the green hill Tuna, back in Valinor. Indeed, after many years of labor, Gondolin did come to rival Tirion with its beauty and splendor. Gondolin, the city contained within Tumladen, survived for more than 503 years, the longest-lived of the Ñoldorin kingdoms. The vale was eventually betrayed by Maeglin, however, and in so doing, Maeglin brought about the destruciton of the last kingdom of the Ñoldor in Beleriand. It was there that the battle of Ecthelion of the Fountain and Gothmog, the Lord of Balrogs, took place in the very square of the King. There it was also that they slew each other, and in so doing, Ecthelion felled the mightiest of Balrogs, even though he himself was slain. And so, with the treachery of Maeglin, the fair vale of Tumladen and the city of Gondolin were destroyed and ruined.[1][2]

Etymology

Tumladen is a name coming from two Sindarin roots. One of the roots is tum (pronounced toom), which means a valley. The other Sindarin root is lad, which means a plain or a valley. Both parts of this name doubly imply and tell that Tumladen is a plain/valley, a very interesting combination of Sindarin roots on the part of Tolkien.

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጡምላደን
Arabic طوملادين
Armenian Թումլադեն
Belarusian Cyrillic Тумладен
Bengali তুমলাদেন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Тумладен
Chinese (Hong Kong) 倘拉登谷
Georgian ტუმლადენი
Greek Τυμλαδεν
Gujarati તુમ્લાડેન
Hebrew טומלאדן
Hindi तुमलाडेन
Kannada ತುಮ್ಲಾಡೆನ್
Kazakh Тұмладен (Cyrillic) Tumladen (Latin)
Korean 툼 라덴
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тумладэн
Macedonian Cyrillic Тумладен
Marathi टुमलाडेन
Mongolian Cyrillic Тумладэн
Nepalese टुम्लदेन
Pashto طوملادېن
Persian طوملادهن ?
Punjabi ਤੁਮਲਾਡੇਨ
Russian Тумладен
Sanskrit टुम्लदेन्
Serbian Тумладен (Cyrillic) Tumladen (Latin)
Sinhalese ටුම්ලාඩන්
Tajik Cyrillic Тумладен
Tamil தும்லாடன்
Telugu తుమ్లాడెన్
Thai ทุมลาเดน
Urdu طوملادےن
Ukrainian Cyrillic Тумладен
Uzbek Тумладен (Cyrillic) Tumladen (Latin)
Yiddish תּומלאַדען

References

  1. The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion
  2. The Children of Húrin, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Tale of the Children of Húrin, I: "The Childhood of Túrin"
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