February 8

Day 39

Basic Reading: 

    The Children of Húrin: Chapter 1: The Childhood of Túrin
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Children of Húrin: Preface

    • The Children of Húrin: Introduction

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 2: II. Turambar and the Foalókë - Read the first section, ending with “about June 1919.”

    • The Lays of Beleriand: I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin, opening section

    • The Lays of Beleriand: I. The Lay of the Children of Húrin, “The Second version of the Children of Húrin,” opening section    

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, Note 3: A further account of the coming of Húrin and Huor to Gondolin

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Hithlum, Dor-lómin, Brethil, Dorthonion, Doriath, Brithiach, River Sirion, Dimbar, Crissaegrim, Tumladen, Gondolin

  • Timeline: First Age 464 - 469

Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think the relationship might have been like between Morwen and her sister-in-law Rían?
    2. Why did Maeglin dislike the brothers?
    3. Was Turgon over-cautious? Or not cautious enough?