April 12

Day 102

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 24: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Conclusion of the Sketch of the Mythology

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapters 18 and 19 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 18 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 18 in the Q II version

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 19 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Appendix 1

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 233-43 - 250 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 333-343 - 397 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Conclusion of the Quenta Noldorinwa

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, The Conclusion of the Quenta Silmarillion


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Anfauglith, Angband, Thangorodrim, River Sirion

    • Arda: Sundering Seas, Tol Eressëa, Middle-Earth, Valinor, Beleriand, Aman

  • Timeline: First Age 542 - 590

  • Other: Watch the video, “Lord of the Rings: First Age (Complete)” by CivilizationEx, which gives a brief overview of the entire First Age. 


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why were the Valar able to defeat Morgoth so quickly this time?
    2. Why did Maedhros and Maglor decide to pursue the Silmarils?
    3. What was the greatest tragedy of the First Age?