February 1

Day 32

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 19: Of Beren and Lúthien
    *Read the third sixth of this chapter today, so that you have finished half the chapter.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Lays of Beleriand: Note on the original submission of the Lay of Leithian and The Silmarillion in 1937

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 2: I. The Tale of Tinúviel, the first half of The Tale of Tinúviel

    • Beren and Lúthien: “Beren and Lúthien:” the first half of The Tale of Tinúviel

    • The Lays of Beleriand: III. The Lay of Leithian, Cantos V, VI, VII and VIII

    • Beren and Lúthien: “Beren and Lúthien:” A Second Extract from the Lay of Leithian

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapters 12 - 15: Of Beren and Tinúviel, prior versions corresponding to today’s reading from The Silmarillion.

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps: 

    • Beleriand: Nargothrond, River Narog, Falls of Irvin, Ered Wethrin, Taur-nu-Fuin, Doriath, Menegroth, Guarded Plain

    • Arda: Middle-earth, Valinor

  • Character Cards: Huan

  • Timeline: First Age 465

  • Other: Look up the history of werewolves, and consider the nature of the werewolf under Sauron’s control. This is not the same kind of werewolf we think of today, a man transformed by the full moon, but rather a wolf possessed by an evil spirit.

Discussion Questions:

    1. Was Thingol justified in keeping Lúthien imprisoned? Was she justified in escaping?
    2. What could Felagund and Beren have done differently to avoid capture?
    3. Who is the most faithful friend you’ve ever had? How did they demonstrate their faithfulness?