February 7

Day 38

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 20: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 11 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 11 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Year 173 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 273 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 16: Of the Fourth Battle: Nírnaith Arnediad

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, YS 473 (including corresponding Commentary)

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Beleriand: Dor-lómin, River Sirion, Fen of Serech, Rivil, Angband, Hithlum, Ered Wethrin, Ered Lindon, Ossiriand, Brethil, Nan-tathren, Doriath, Nargothrond, Havens, Nevrast, River Brithon, River Nenning, Falas, Brithombar, Eglarest, Isle of Balar, Mouths of Sirion, Thangorodrim, Anfauglith, Haudh-en-Ndengin

  • Character Cards: Glorfindel, Voronwë

  • Timeline: First Age 472

  • Other:  Listen to this original composition, "Nirnaeth Arnoediad or The Battle of Unnumbered Tears" by Jeremy Wiebe. Examine the map you printed out on January 22 and mark the spread of Morgoth’s power in Beleriand. . 

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Gothmog take Húrin alive?
    2. Do you think this is the last we will hear of the sons of Fëanor?
    3. What is your response to the punishment of Húrin?

 
 
 

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