January 3

Day 3

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: From a Letter by J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman, 1951
    *Finish the letter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Expanded Story:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: I. The Cottage of Lost Play

  • Background:

    • Morgoth’s Ring: Foreword

    • The Lost Road: Preface

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

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

    • Middle-earth: Eregion, Mordor, Rivendell, Mount Doom, River Anduin, Arnor, Gondor, Barad Dûr

  • Other: Create family trees for the major characters in the mythology. The family tree of Men and Elves is connected, but Dwarves and Hobbits are separate. (Some limited genealogical information is included in the “Tables” section at the end of The Silmarillion, which is a good starting point.) Start the framework of the family trees today, then add people as you read about them.

Discussion Questions:

    1. In what ways is story a useful tool in understanding our world and history?
    2. How did you find this letter helpful as setting the stage for the familiar events of the Third Age?
    3. What do you think about the time-travel framework presented in The Cottage of Lost Play?