January 6

Day 6

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 1: Of the Beginning of Days

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ through Chapter 1 (including Commentary)

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

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VI. The Earliest Annals of Valinor, VY 500 - 1000 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section II. The Later Annals of Valinor, VY 500 - VY 1000-2000 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 2: Of Valinor and the Two Trees

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Two: The Annals of Aman, through entire First section of the Annals of Aman (stop at Second section of the Annals of Aman)

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Three, (I) The First Phase, Chapter 2: Of Valinor and the Two Trees

Enrichment Activities:

Discussion Questions:

    1. What are the differences between the way nature functioned under the light of the Trees compared to the way it functions now, with sun and moon?
    2. Why did Melkor run and hide at the laughter of Tulkas?
    3. How do you respond to the discussion of death in the final paragraph? Have you ever thought of death as a gift?

 
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