January 21

Day 21

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 14: Of Beleriand and its Realms
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 1-100 - 20 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Years 1-50 - 50 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 9: Of Beleriand and its Realms

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Arda: Middle-earth, Beleriand, Valinor, Losgar

    • Beleriand: Ered Engrin, Angband, Thangorodrim, Hísilómë, Ered Lómin, Ered Wethrin, Ard-galen, River Sirion, Hithlum, Mithrim, Dor-lómin, Eithel Sirion, Firth of Drengist, Nevrast, Mount Taras, Ivrin, Linaewen, Vinyamar, Dorthonion, Nargothrond, Pass of Sirion, Tol Sirion, Bay of Balar, Brethil, River Teiglin, River Narog, Nan-tathren, Mouths of Sirion, River Nenning, Eglarest, Falas, Brithombar, Varad Nimras, Isle of Balar, River Gelion, Ossiriand, Mindeb, Dimbar, Crissaegrim, River Esgalduin, Nan-Dungortheb, Doriath, Ered Gorgoroth, Dor-Dínen, Arossiach, River Aros, Neldoreth, Region, Menegroth, Meres of Twilight

  • Timeline: First Age 1 - 454

Discussion Questions:

    1. Where do you think the Elves were most vulnerable? Where were they strongest?
    2. Why do you think Morgoth never tried to go to war by sea?
    3. Why are Men and Dwarves not mentioned in the political geography of this region?


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