June 1

Day 152

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter V: Gollum, (iii) The Ring


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. How might the loss of the Ring affect Gollum’s life?
    2. Why didn’t Bilbo tell Gollum what was in his pocket?
    3. Does the Ring turn Bilbo’s sword invisible?

 

June 2

Day 153

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter V: Gollum, (iv) The Invisible Monster


Enrichment Activities:

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “Riddles in the dark pt 2” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Did Bilbo do right in sparing Gollum’s life?
    2. Why do you think the Ring was not on Bilbo’s finger?
    3. Does it make sense for someone invisible to cast a shadow?

 
 

June 3

Day 154

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VI: Wargs and Eagles - Read half of the opening section


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. Should Bilbo have been more discreet?
    2. Why didn’t Bilbo tell the others about the Ring?
    3. Do you think Gandalf suspects that Bilbo found a magic ring?

 

June 4

Day 155

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VI: Wargs and Eagles - Finish the opening section


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:   

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941

  • Other: Listen to some wolves howling. Imagine how you would feel if you heard that sound while you were outside at night with no hope of shelter.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was the short cut worth the danger the company faced?
    2. What is the best way to evade wolves?
    3. Do you think Gandalf has a plan, or is he simply reacting to each new situation in the moment?

 
 

June 5

Day 156

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VI: Wargs and Eagles, (i) The Wolves


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Who might the bold men from the South have been?
    2. Was Gandalf’s plan - throwing fiery pine cones at the Wargs - a good one? Why or why not?
    3. Why did the goblins laugh?

 

June 6

Day 157

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VI: Wargs and Eagles, (ii) The Eagles


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941

  • Other: Watch Peter Jackson’s controversial film adaptation “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which includes the chapters you’ve read so far. Consider where the movie diverges from the book, and your reaction to those differences.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Would Gandalf really have jumped to his death?
    2. Were the eagles aware of Bilbo dangling from Dori’s legs? Did they care?
    3. What might Bilbo have been looking for in his dream?

 
 

June 7

Day 158

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings
    *This chapter will be read over the course of five days, so read about one fifth of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VII: Medwed - opening section


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Character Cards: Beorn

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. How well would you enjoy an eagle flight in the morning?
    2. Did Gandalf take more or less credit than he deserved for the safety of the company?
    3. What pressing business did Gandalf have?

 

June 8

Day 159

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings
    *Read the second fifth of this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VII: Medwed, (i) and (ii)


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Gandalf choose Bilbo to come with him to meet Beorn first?
    2. What do you think of Gandalf’s method of introducing the group to Beorn?
    3. What do you think of Beorn?

 
 

June 9

Day 160

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings
    *Read the third fifth of this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VII: Medwed, (iii) through (v)


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. How did Beorn train his animals to serve meals?
    2. Where did Beorn go?
    3. What differences do you notice between the songs of the Dwarves and those of the goblins?

 

June 10

Day 161

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings
    *Read the fourth fifth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VII: Medwed, (vi) Radagast


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why were there so many bear tracks?
    2. What can you discern from the way Beorn greeted Bilbo?
    3. Why did Beorn verify Gandalf’s story?

 
 

June 11

Day 162

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions/Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Plot Notes A


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Middle-earth: Carrock, Lonely Mountain, Mirkwood, River Anduin, Misty Mountains, Grey Mountains, Long Marshes   

  • Timeline: Third Age June 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Beorn help the company?
    2. Why does Bilbo feel reluctant to enter the forest?
    3. Does Gandalf suspect the identity of the Necromancer?

 

June 12

Day 163

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VIII: Mirkwood - opening section


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why were there no spider webs across the path?
    2. Who might have left the boat in the enchanted stream?
    3. Who was hunting in the forest?

 
 

June 13

Day 164

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter VIII: Mirkwood, (i) through (iv)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age July 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. If you had been with the company, would you have left the path with them?
    2. Why do the Elves keep running away from the Dwarves?
    3. How could Bombur have dreamed of the Elves’ feast?

 

June 14

Day 165

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: ‘The Enchanted Stream’


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. When have you done something that made you feel different, like a bolder person?
    2. How would you have rescued thirteen friends from dozens of giant spiders?
    3. What is the worst pickle in which you’ve ever found yourself?

 
 

June 15

Day 166

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Plot Notes B


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did it take the Dwarves so long to notice that Thorin was missing?
    2. Do you think the Dwarves knew about the rings of power?
    3. Was Thranduil justified in imprisoning Thorin?

 

June 16

Day 167

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 9: Barrels Out of Bond
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter IX: In the Halls of the Elvenking - opening section


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Mirkwood, Elvenking’s Halls, Forest River

  • Timeline: Third Age August 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think of the Wood-elves?
    2. Why weren’t the Dwarves afraid to anger the king?
    3. What would you have done in Bilbo’s position?

 
 

June 17

Day 168

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 9: Barrels Out of Bond
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter IX: In the Halls of the Elvenking, (i) and (ii)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Long Lake, Lonely Mountain, Lake-town, Forest River, Mirkwood, Dorwinion

  • Timeline: Third Age August 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think of Bilbo’s escape plan?
    2. Would you allow yourself to be packed in a barrel and floated down a river to escape prison?
    3. Were the guard and the butler responsible for the escape of the Dwarves?

 

June 18

Day 169

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 9: Barrels Out of Bond
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter IX: In the Halls of the Elvenking, (iii) through (v)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Elvenking’s Halls, Forest River, Long Lake, Lake-town

  • Timeline: Third Age August 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. Who was better off, the Dwarves, or Bilbo?
    2. Should Bilbo have tried to speak to the Dwarves?
    3. Will the Elves be able to figure out how the Dwarves escaped?

 
 

June 19

Day 170

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 10: A Warm Welcome
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter X: Laketown - opening section


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Lonely Mountain, Mirkwood, Forest River, Long Lake, Running River, Dale, Lake-town

  • Timeline: Third Age September 2941

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Lake-town.


Discussion Questions:

    1. When have you been disappointed with the reality of a long-anticipated event?
    2. Did Bilbo deserve better gratitude from the Dwarves?
    3. What is an issue that you take seriously, but younger people don’t seem to care about?

 

June 20

Day 171

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 10: A Warm Welcome
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter X: Laketown, (i) through (iii)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Lake-town, Lonely Mountain, Forest River, Mirkwood

  • Character Cards: Master of Lake-town

  • Timeline: Third Age September 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was it wise of Thorin to declare himself so boldly?
    2. Were the people of Lake-town wise to trust so much in Thorin and the old songs?
    3. Does the Master believe that Smaug exists?

 
 

June 21

Day 172

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 11: On the Doorstep


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions/Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XI: The Lonely Mountain


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Is the dragon aware of the company’s presence?
    2. What did the Dwarves expect Bilbo to do?
    3. Did the thrush understand what was happening?

 

June 22

Day 173

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 12: Inside Information
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Plot Notes C


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Would it have been better for Bilbo if Balin had gone all the way with him?
    2. When have you “fought the real battle” in advance?
    3. Should Bilbo not have taken the cup?

 
 

June 23

Day 174

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 12: Inside Information
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XII: Conversations with Smaug - opening section


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age October 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. How could the company have prepared better to face a dragon?
    2. Why did Bilbo give Smaug so much information?
    3. How might things have gone differently if Gandalf had been present?

 

June 24

Day 175

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 12: Inside Information
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XII: Conversations with Smaug, (i) through (iii)


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was Smaug aware of his weak spot?
    2. When have you had to confess saying things you regretted?
    3. Why does too much quiet make people nervous?

 
 

June 25

Day 176

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 13: Not at Home
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions/Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XIII: The Death of Smaug


Enrichment Activities:

  • Timeline: Third Age August 2941

  • Other: Watch Peter Jackson’s film adaptation “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Consider the changes he made to the story, and whether you believe they are justified.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What should Bilbo have done with the Arkenstone?
    2. Was it wise to explore the hall in the dragon’s absence? Would you have done it?
    3. Should Bilbo and the Dwarves have been concerned about what Smaug might be doing?

 

June 26

Day 177

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 13: Not at Home
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Plot Notes D


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What effect is the treasure having on the Dwarves?
    2. Where do you think would be the safest place around the Mountain to shelter from the dragon?
    3. What do the Dwarves intend to do in the guardroom? What will they do if Smaug turns up?

 
 

June 27

Day 178

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XIV: While the Dragon’s Away . . . - opening section


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Do you know someone who always has a grim outlook? In what type of situation might such a quality be beneficial?
    2. Why did Smaug attack Lake-town?
    3. What is the strongest display of courage in this chapter?

 

June 28

Day 179

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XIV: While the Dragon’s Away . . ., (i) through (iii)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Mirkwood, Esgaroth, Dale, Lake-town, Lonely Mountain, Misty Mountains, Long Lake

  • Timeline: Third Age November 2941

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “The Hoard” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. How would you respond to the Master’s speech?
    2. Does Thranduil’s response change your opinion of him?
    3. Would you dive into the Lake to claim gemstones from Smaug’s dead body?

 
 

June 29

Day 180

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions/Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XVa: The Kindness of Ravens

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: The Siege of the Mountain

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: ‘A Thief Indeed’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Character Cards: Roäc, Dain

  • Timeline: Third Age November 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. What was the thrush trying to tell Bilbo and the Dwarves?
    2. Do you agree with Thorin’s response?
    3. Why are the ravens so loyal to the Dwarves?

 

June 30

Day 181

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XVb: King Bard


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age November 2941


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why does Bilbo feel differently from the Dwarves?
    2. Do you agree with Bard’s claim on the treasure?
    3. Is Bard justified in besieging the Mountain?