January 18

Day 18

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 12: Of Men
Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: X. Gilfanon's Tale: The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind, opening section and “The Awakening of Men,” both sections

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 7 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 7 (including Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 7: Of Men

    • The War of the Jewels: Part Two, “The Later Quenta Silmarillion,” Opening section and Chapter 9: Of Men    

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Arda: Alqualondë, Valinor, Middle-Earth 

  • Timeline: First Age 1

  • Other: Examine the Family Trees again. If you are creating your own family trees, make sure they are up to date. Note the names that appear on multiple family trees, especially Tuor and Idril, and Beren and Lúthien. These two interracial couples produced the lines of Half-Elven

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why do you suppose Tolkien avoids explaining the origin of Man?
    2. Why did the Elves have stronger relationships with Men than with the Dwarves?
    3. The Silmarillion has a reputation as a difficult book, more historical than narrative. What is your response to it so far?


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