January 9

Day 9

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 4: Of Thingol and Melian

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section II. The Later Annals of Valinor, VY 2000 - 2010 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 3 (b): Of Thingol

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Two: The Annals of Aman, Third section of the Annals of Aman, YT 1130

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, VY 1130 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • Morgoth's Ring: Part Three, (I) The First Phase, Chapter 4: Of Thingol and Melian

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Valinor: Lórien

    • Arda: Cuiviénen, Valinor, East Beleriand

    • Beleriand: River Gelion, Neldoreth, Region, Nan Elmoth, Halls of Menegroth, Doriath

  • Timeline: Years of the Trees 1105 - 1165

Discussion Questions:

    1. What is your reaction to the love story between Elwë and Melian?
    2. Why is Elwë called “Grey?” 
    3. What is the significance of Elwë’s heritage to his descendants?


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