February 3

Day 34

Basic Reading: 

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

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 2: I. The Tale of Tinúviel, the last half of The Tale of Tinúviel

    • The Book of Lost Tales 2: I. The Tale of Tinúviel, Commentary on The Tale of Tinúviel, 1. The primary narrative

    • Beren and Lúthien: “Beren and Lúthien:” the last half of The Tale of Tinúviel

    • 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 Lays of Beleriand: III. The Lay of Leithian, Cantos XI, XII, XIII and XIV

    • The Lays of Beleriand: IV. The Lay of Leithian Recommenced, Cantos XI-XIII and Canto XIV

    • Beren and Lúthien: “Beren and Lúthien:” The Narrative in The Lay of Leithian to its Termination

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Beleriand: Menegroth, Angband, Thangorodrim, Hithlum, Dor-nu-Fauglith, Taur-nu-Fuin, Tumladen, Gondolin, Doriath, Crissaegrim

  • Character Cards: Carcharoth

  • Timeline: First Age 465 - 466

  • Other: Listen to Professor Tolkien’s reading of “Song of Beren and Luthien.” 

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Angrist break when Beren tried to take the other two Silmarils?
    2. Why did the Silmaril not burn Beren’s hand? Why did it burn Carcharoth?
    3. How does suffering make people stronger? Why does it make some people stronger, while it destroys others?

 
 
 

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