January 4

Day 4

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Ainulindalë - The Music of the Ainur

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Preface

  • Expanded Story:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: II. The Music of the Ainur, up to the first Commentary

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: II. The Music of the Ainur, the rest of the section

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section IV. Ainulindalë

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part One: Ainulindalë

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

  • Character Cards: Eru Ilúvatar, Melkor, Ulmo, Manwë, Aulë

  • Timeline: The Years of Music

  • Other: Listen to some musical interpretations of the Music of the Ainur online. There are many fascinating renditions. (Selections on YouTube.) 

Discussion Questions:

    1. What are some similarities and differences between reality and this account of the beginning of all things?
    2. What is the “secret fire”? What is the “Imperishable Flame”?
    3. How have you observed beauty coming from sorrow?

 
 
 

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