January 8

Day 8

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 3: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section V. The Lhammas, Opening section and Chapter 1 (including corresponding Commentary)

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 1: IV. The Chaining of Melko

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 2 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 2 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VI. The Earliest Annals of Valinor, VY 2000 - 2100 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section II. The Later Annals of Valinor, VY 500 - VY 1900 - 2000 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 3 (a): Of the Coming of the Elves

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Two: The Annals of Aman, Second section of the Annals of Aman

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Two: The Annals of Aman, Third section of the Annals of Aman, YT 1100 - 1128

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, Opening section and VY 1050 - 1128 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Three, (I) The First Phase, Chapter 3: Of the Coming of the Elves  

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Arda: Mountains of Aman, Angband, Cuiviénen, Inland Sea of Helcar, Utumno, Helcaraxë, Great Gulf, Beleriand

    • Beleriand: Bay of Balar, River Sirion, Dorthonion, Hithlum, River Anduin, Hithaeglir, Eriador, Blue Mountains, Firth of Drengist, Misty Mountains, River Gelion

  • Character Cards: Ingwë, Finwë, Elwë, Olwë

  • Timeline: Years of the Trees 1085 - 1128

  • Other: Examine the chart “Quendi - The Elves” in the “Tables” section of The Silmarillion. This chart is so helpful that you may wish to bookmark it, or reproduce it on an index card for reference.

Discussion Questions:

    1. What is your reaction to the corruption of the Elves by which Melkor made the Orcs?
    2. What could the Valar have done differently? Is evil inevitable?
    3. What is the primary difference between the Calaquendi and the Moriquendi?

 
 
 

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