January 19

Day 19

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 13: Of the Return of the Noldor
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: Appendix: Names in the  Lost Tales - Part I

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section V. The Lhammas, Chapters 8 - 9 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Four: Myths Transformed, Texts VIII - X

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section I. The Texts and Their Relations
    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: X. Gilfanon's Tale: The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind, “The History of the Exiled Gnomes,” both sections
    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 8 (including Commentary)
    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 8 (including Commentary)
    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VI. The Earliest Annals of Valinor, VY 2996 - 3000 (finish The Earliest Annals of Valinor today, including “Notes”)
    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Opening section and Years 1 - 2 (including corresponding Commentary)
    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section II. The Later Annals of Valinor, VY 2995 - Year of the Sun 1 (finish The Later Annals of Valinor today)
    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Opening section and Years 1 - 2 (including corresponding Commentary)
    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, VY 1497 - YS 2 (including corresponding Commentary)

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Valinor: Araman

    • Arda: Middle-Earth, Beleriand, Valinor, Helcaraxë, Losgar

    • Beleriand: Lammoth, Firth of Drengist, Ered Lómin, Hithlum, Mithrim, Ered Wethrin, Ard-galen, Dorthonion, River Sirion, Falas, Eithel Sirion, Fen of Serech, Angband, Daedeloth, Gondolin, Thangorodrim, Doriath, Menegroth, Brithombar, Eglarest, River Aros, Hill of Himring, River Gelion, Lake Helevorn, Mount Rerir, Ered Luin, Nogrod, Belegost

  • Character Cards: Gothmog

  • Timeline: Year of the Trees 1497 - First Age 2

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Orcs and Balrogs

Discussion Questions:

    1. Review the vow of Fëanor and his sons from Chapter 9. Did Maedhros violate that vow? How do you think his brothers will respond?
    2. Which is stronger: the ties of family, or of friendship?
    3. Tolkien often uses the Eagles to swoop in and save his characters at the end of hope. What do the Eagles represent?

 
 
 

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