January 2

Day 2

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: From a Letter by J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman, 1951
    *Read the second third of this letter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: Foreword

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Arda: Middle-earth, Valinor, Beleriand, Tol Eressëa, Númenór

    • Middle-earth: Rivendell, Eregion, Misty Mountains, Moria

  • Other: Read some of Tolkien’s other fictional work, such as Leaf by Niggle or Farmer Giles of Ham.  (Both of these can also be found in The Tolkien Reader.)

Discussion Questions:

    1. What did Tolkien perceive to be the most important concepts in his mythology?
    2. How was Tolkien’s view of his stories different from the popular enthusiasm we see today?
    3. Most people today have some level of familiarity with Tolkien’s stories. Did you read anything that surprised you?


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