February 5

Day 36

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 20: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Peoples of Middle-Earth: Part Three, Section XIV. Dangweth Pengolod

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 164 - 171 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Years 265-70 - 271

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, YS 468 - 471 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • Beren and Lúthien: The Return of Beren and Lúthien According to the Quenta Noldorinwa

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Beleriand: Doriath, Menegroth, River Gelion, Ossiriand, Tol Galen, River Adurant, Nargothrond, Nogrod, Belegost, Himring, Brethil, Gondolin, Dorthonion, Angband, Anfauglith, Hithlum, Eithel Sirion, Ered Wethrin, Falas, Dor-lómin, Thangorodrim

  • Character Cards: Dior

  • Timeline: First Age 467 - 471

  • Other: Look up the pencil drawing Tolkien made of The Vale of Sirion, featuring the fortress on Tol Sirion.

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Beren and Lúthien go so far away?
    2. Should Thingol have given the Silmaril to the sons of Fëanor? Why or why not?
    3. Why did Turgon decide it was finally time to join the fight?


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