January 5

Day 5

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar according to the Law of the Eldar

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: III. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor (The “Commentary” section contains two interesting diagrams.)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Opening Section up to Chapter 1 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VI. The Earliest Annals of Valinor, up to VY 500 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section II. The Later Annals of Valinor, up to VY 500 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, through Chapter 1 (including Commentary)

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Two: The Annals of Aman, Opening Section, up to but not including Of the Beginning of Time and its Reckoning

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Three, (I) The First Phase, through Chapter 1: Of the Valar

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Three, (II) The Second Phase, through “The Valaquenta”

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Valinor: Taniquetil, Lórellin, Lórien

  • Character Cards: Oromë, Mandos, Lórien, Tulkas, Varda, Yavanna, Nienna, Estë, Vairë, Vána, Nessa, Ilmarë, Eönwë, Ossë, Uinan, Melian, Olórin, Sauron

  • Timeline: The Shaping of Arda (Valinorean Years 1 - 500)

  • Other: You may find it helpful to create a list of the Valar and their primary attributes on an index card. You can use it as a bookmark and refer to it as needed. (See example below.)

Discussion Questions:

    1. Do you see any correlation between Tolkien’s Valar and the gods of other mythologies?
    2. Why is the presence of an enemy so crucial from the very foundation of the story?
    3. Is innocence more easily corrupted than experience? Why or why not?

 
 
 

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