I cannot read about Gondolin, its seven gates and white walls, its watchtower of Minas Tirith, its spiritual nearness to the great river, its ruler who refused to be persuaded... and a dozen other parallels... without thinking of Gondor. I thought that Faramir, reading it as history, would also be struck. I could see his young eye being drawn over and over to the chapter heading --The Fall Of Gondolin (maybe holding his finger over the last three letters...) -- until he found a way to renew his personal belief that something survives.
Faramir's (admittedly disjointed and "trying-not-to-look-too closely-at-the-ending") details of Gondolin all come from the version in The Book Of Lost Tales II (my own favorite version of the story.)
Obrothmabâr, and the mention of the boys grandfather, reference the story Obrothmabâr by Chris, written for the Starlight challenge, in the hope it will encourage her to finish (or at least work on) its sequel.
Now in the midmost of these stood Tuor above all heads, and his mail of silver gleamed; and about him was a press of the stoutest of the folk. Lo! all these wore wings as it were of swans or gulls upon their helms, and the emblem of the White Wing was upon their shields.
-- Book of Lost Tales II
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