February 2

Day 33

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 19: Of Beren and Lúthien
    *Read the fourth sixth of this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 264 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lays of Beleriand: III. The Lay of Leithian, Cantos IX and X

    • The Lays of Beleriand: IV. The Lay of Leithian Recommenced, Cantos V-IX and Canto X

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapters 12 - 15: Of Beren and Tinúviel, prior versions corresponding to today’s reading from The Silmarillion.

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, YS 465 (including corresponding Commentary)

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Beleriand: Angband, Ered Wethrin, Tol Sirion, Taur-nu-Fuin, Nargothrond, Dimbar, Doriath, Himring, Nan Dungortheb, Ered Gorgoroth, Brethil, Nogrod, Pass of Sirion, Anfauglith, Thangorodrim, River Sirion

    • Valinor: Eldamar

  • Timeline: First Age 465

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the wolf-hame of Draugluin worn by Huan and the bat-fell of Thuringwethil worn by Luthien. 

Discussion Questions:

    1. Is Lúthien wise or reckless?
    2. Does Curufin’s curse of Beren hold? Are his words empty, or is there power in them?
    3. Considering Sauron’s defeat, was there danger for Huan and Lúthien in assuming the forms of his servants?


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