February 18

Day 49

Basic Reading: 

    The Children of Húrin: Chapter 5: Túrin in Doriath
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Year 181 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lays of Beleriand: I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin, I. Túrin’s Fostering, lines 105 - 412

    • The Lays of Beleriand: I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin, The Second Version of The Children of Húrin, Part II: Turin’s Fostering, including all Commentary

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 281

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, YS 481 (including corresponding Commentary)

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Doriath, Menegroth, Hithlum, Ered Wethrin, River Narog, River Teiglin, River Sirion, Dor-lómin, Angband

  • Timeline: First Age 480

  • Other: Keep your family trees up to date. See the genealogies at the end of The Children of Húrin just before the Appendix.

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why was Túrin unskilled at making things with his hands?
    2. What can you discern of Túrin’s character from this section?
    3. Is it wise for Túrin to leave Doriath?