January 20

Day 20

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 13: Of the Return of the Noldor
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section I. Prose Fragments Following the Lost Tales, section (ii) ​

    • ​The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 9 (including Commentary)​

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 8: Of the Siege of Angband

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, YS 5 - YS 260, paragraph 116 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The War of the Jewels: Part Two, Chapter 10: Of the Siege of Angband​

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Arda: Beleriand, Middle-Earth, Valinor, Tirion, Túna

    • Beleriand: Ered Wethrin, Ossiriand, Blue Mountains, Doriath, Mereth Aderthad, Nevrast, Tol Sirion, Meres of Twilight, River Sirion, Angband, Menegroth, River Narog, Nargothrond, Vinyamar, Gondolin, Iron Mountains, Ard-galen, Pass of Sirion, Dorthonion, Thangorodrim, Firth of Drengist, Hithlum

  • Character Cards: Celeborn, Glaurung

  • Timeline: First Age 1 - 454

  • Other: Glaurung is described as an Urulóki, a fire-drake. Investigate the other breeds of dragons present in Middle-Earth.

Discussion Questions:

    1. What is the greatest act of valor in this chapter?
    2. What is the greatest act of wisdom in this chapter?
    3. Morgoth seems to be biding his time. What is he waiting for?


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