January 26

Day 26

Basic Reading:

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 17: Of the Coming of Men into the West
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section V. The Lhammas, Chapter 10 (including corresponding Commentary)

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 70 - 122 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Years 170 - 200 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The War of the Jewels: Part One: The Grey Annals, YS 370 - 400 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The War of the Jewels: Part Two, Chapter 14:  Of the Coming of Men into the West, through paragraph 12 (including corresponding Commentary)

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Beleriand: Nargothrond, River Sirion, Ered Lindon, River Gelion, Sarn Athrad, River Ascar, Ossiriand, River Thalos, Blue Mountains, Angband, River Celon, Nan Elmoth, Doriath, Estolad, Thargelion, Hithlum, Dorthonion, Ered Wethrin

    • Arda: Hildórien

  • Character Cards: Bëor the Old, Marach

  • Timeline: First Age 310 - 355

  • Other: Review the family trees of Men and update your copy. (See the charts in the “Commentary on the Annals of Beleriand in The Shaping of Middle-Earth, and in Commentary following “Of the Coming of Men into the West” in The War of the Jewels.)

Discussion Questions:

    1. What was Morgoth afraid of? What was he trying to achieve?
    2. Why did the Edain long to go west?
    3. What is different about the natures of Men and Elves? What kind of trouble do you anticipate?

 
 
 

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