August 1

Day 213

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VIII: Fog on the Barrow-Downs
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: VII. The Barrow-Wight


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Eriador: Old Forest, Brandywine River, River Withywindle, Barrow-downs, Great East Road, Misty Mountains, Brandywine Bridge, The Shire

  • Timeline: Third Age September 28, 3018

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Barrow-wights.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What should the Hobbits have done when they found themselves surrounded by fog?
    2. How could they have avoided being captured by a Barrow-wight?
    3. What would you do if you woke to find yourself in a barrow?

 
 

August 2

Day 214

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VIII: Fog on the Barrow-Downs
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XIX. The Third Phase (I): The Journey to Bree, Chapter VIII: ‘Fog on the Barrow-downs’

    • The Treason of Isengard: II. The Fourth Phase (I): From Hobbiton to Bree, Chapter VIII: ‘Fog on the Barrow-downs’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Eriador: Carn Dûm, Angmar, Barrow-downs, Great East Road, Old Forest, The Shire, Bree

    • Middle-earth: Mordor

  • Timeline: Third Age September 28, 3018

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “The adventures of Tom Bombadil” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. How did Tom Bombadil arrive so quickly to rescue the Hobbits?
    2. Who might have worn the blue brooch?
    3. Why did Tom advise the Hobbits to stay at The Prancing Pony?

 

August 3

Day 215

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter IX: At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: VIII. Arrival at Bree


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Bree, Staddle, Combe, Archet, Chetwood, The Shire, Misty Mountains, Brandywine River, The Greenway, Great East Road 

    • The Shire: Buckland, Eastfarthing, Brandywine Bridge

  • Character Cards: Barliman Butterbur

  • Timeline: Third Age September 29, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did the Hobbits of the Shire have an unfavorable opinion of the Hobbits of Bree?
    2. What made Harry the gate-guard so cautious?
    3. How would you have felt entering The Prancing Pony?

 
 

August 4

Day 216

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter IX: At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XX. The Third Phase (2): At the Sign of The Prancing Pony


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why is familiar food such a comfort to the Hobbits?
    2. Why are people in Bree more enthusiastic than Shire-folk about meeting Outsiders?
    3. What was Strider doing in Bree?

 

August 5

Day 217

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter IX: At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: III. The Fourth Phase (2): From Bree to the Ford of Rivendell, Chapter IX: ‘At the Sign of The Prancing Pony (i) The Cow Jumped over the Moon’


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was there a better way for Frodo to stop Pippin from saying too much?
    2. Do you think there was a connection between the two men and the trick of the Ring?
    3. When have you seen something that defied explanation?

 
 

August 6

Day 218

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter X: Strider
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: IX. Trotter and the Journey to Weathertop


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Eriador: Great East Road, Bree, Barrow-downs, The Shire, The Greenway, Misty Mountains, Rivendell, Archet

    • Middle-earth: Mordor

  • Character Cards: Bill Ferny

  • Timeline: Third Age September 29, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. How would you have responded to Strider?
    2. Why is Butterbur suspicious of Strider?
    3. Was it wise of Gandalf to leave the letter with Butterbur?

 

August 7

Day 219

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter X: Strider
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: III. The Fourth Phase (2): From Bree to the Ford of Rivendell, Chapter X: ‘At the Sign of The Prancing Pony (ii) All that is gold does not glitter’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Bree, The Shire, Great East Road, Rivendell, Weathertop, Sarn Ford, Brandywine River 

    • The Shire: Bag End, Buckland

  • Timeline: Third Age September 29, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. What might have happened differently if Butterbur had sent Frodo the letter right away?
    2. Why did Merry succumb to the Black Breath, when Farmer Maggot, the Gaffer, and others were not affected by it?
    3. Why are the Black Riders more powerful when they are all together?

 
 

August 8

Day 220

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: X. The Attack on Weathertop


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Bree, Old Forest, Brandywine River, The Shire, Rivendell, Barrow-downs, Staddle, Combe, Archet 

    • The Shire: Buckland, Crickhollow

  • Timeline: Third Age September 30, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. Who released the ponies, and why?
    2. Would it be better to face danger for an adventure, or to stay safe yet never see Rivendell?
    3. Of everything that has gone wrong so far, what is the most unfortunate mishap?

 

August 9

Day 221

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: III. The Fourth Phase (2): From Bree to the Ford of Rivendell, Chapter XI: ‘A Knife in the Dark’


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What might be causing the flashing lights in the east?
    2. Is the risk worth the benefit of going to Weathertop?
    3. What is the connection between the Last Alliance and this journey?

 
 

August 10

Day 222

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXI. The Third Phase (3): To Weathertop and Rivendell


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Weathertop, Great East Road, Misty Mountains, Bree, Rivendell, Ford of Bruinen, The Shire

  • Timeline: Third Age October 6, 3018

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Weathertop.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think of the runes Strider found on Weathertop?
    2. Would you have stayed on Weathertop, knowing Black Riders were nearby?
    3. Where had Strider learned about the Elder Days?

 

August 11

Day 223

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: I. Gandalf’s Delay


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. How is Aragorn related to Beren and Lúthien, and to Elrond?
    2. Why was Frodo able to see the figures clearly with the Ring on?
    3. What caused Frodo’s enemy to cry out?

 
 

August 12

Day 224

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XII: Flight to the Ford
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XI. From Weathertop to the Ford


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Great East Road, Weathertop, River Hoarwell, Ettenmoors, Rivendell, River Bruinen, Last Bridge, Ford of Bruinen, Angmar 

  • Timeline: Third Age October 6 - 16, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did the Black Riders retreat?
    2. Why has Frodo’s wound not killed him as the Black Riders expected?
    3. What is Strider’s fate?

 

August 13

Day 225

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XII: Flight to the Ford
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: III. The Fourth Phase (2): From Bree to the Ford of Rivendell, Chapter XII: ‘Flight to the Ford’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Ettendales, Rivendell, Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains, River Bruinen, Great East Road, Weathertop, River Hoarwell

  • Timeline: Third Age October 16 - 18, 3018

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “Troll sat alone on his seat of stone - The Stone Troll” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Would it be better to push Frodo to keep going, or to allow him time to rest?
    2. How do you feel about sharing your creative work with others?
    3. What do you think of Bilbo’s attitude about the trolls’ gold?

 
 

August 14

Day 226

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter XII: Flight to the Ford
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXII. New Uncertainties and New Projections


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. When have you had to continue past the point of exhaustion?
    2. Where does Frodo get the courage to defy the Black Riders?
    3. What were the figures Frodo saw chasing the Riders into the river?

 

August 15

Day 227

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter I: Many Meetings
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: IV. Of Hamilcar, Gandalf, and Saruman


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Rivendell, Old Forest, Weathertop, Barrow Downs, Bree, Ford of Bruinen

    • Middle-earth: Mordor

  • Timeline: Third Age October 24, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. What might be the foundation of Frodo’s prejudice against the Big People?
    2. What kind of power is in the Shire?
    3. What did Gandalf mean, thinking Frodo would “become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can?

 
 

August 16

Day 228

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter I: Many Meetings
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: V. Bilbo’s Song at Rivendell: Errantry and Eärendillinwë


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Rivendell, Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains 

    • Middle-earth: Mordor, Lórien, Lonely Mountain, Wilderland, Mirkwood, Dale, High Pass, Carrock, Esgaroth

  • Character Cards: Elladan, Elrohir

  • Timeline: Third Age October 24, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. When was the last time you attended a feast? 
    2. Why wasn’t Aragorn present at the feast?
    3. Have you ever met someone of whom you had heard stories? If so, how did the real person compare to your idea of them?

 

August 17

Day 229

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter I: Many Meetings
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XII. At Rivendell


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. How does Elrond here compare to the account of him we read in The Hobbit?
    2. Why was Frodo reluctant to show Bilbo the Ring?
    3. Why is Bilbo treated with such honor by Strider and the Elves?

 
 

August 18

Day 230

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter I: Many Meetings
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XIII. ‘Queries and Alterations’


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. How did Bilbo learn about the events in his song?
    2. Why did Aragorn warn Bilbo about singing a song about Eärendil in the house of Elrond?
    3. What is the significance of Arwen’s looking at Frodo?

 

August 19

Day 231

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter II: The Council of Elrond
    *This chapter will be read over the course of five days, so read about one fifth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXIII. In the House of Elrond


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: River Bruinen, Rivendell, Grey Havens, Eregion, Arnor, Annúminas, Lake Evendim, Fornost, North Downs, 

    • Middle-earth: Mirkwood, Misty Mountains, Lonely Mountain, Moria, Dale, Mt. Doom, Gondor, River Anduin, Mordor, Dagorlad, Gladden Fields, Osgiliath, Minas Morgul, Minas Tirith, Gorgoroth, Rohan

    • Beleriand: Thangorodrim, Gondolin, Doriath

  • Character Cards: King Brand

  • Timeline: Third Age October 25, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. Whose presence at the Council do you find most surprising?
    2. What do you find most notable in Elrond’s testimony?
    3. What do you think of Boromir?

 
 

August 20

Day 232

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter II: The Council of Elrond
    *Read the second fifth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: VI. The Council of Elrond (1): The Second Version and The Third Version


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Rivendell, Hobbiton, Ford of Bruinen, Grey Havens

    • Middle-earth: Minas Tirith, Gondor, Minas Morgul, Rhûn, Harad, Mordor, River Anduin, Misty Mountains, Dol Guldur, Mirkwood, Barad-dûr, Wilderland, Mountains of Shadow

  • Timeline: Third Age October 25, 3018

  • Other: Watch the video “Boromir’s Prophetic Dream Explained” on the YouTube channel In Deep Geek.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What is your interpretation of Boromir’s dream?
    2. Why was Frodo more reluctant than Bilbo to tell his story?
    3. Why might Saruman have believed that the One Ring was lost forever?

 

August 21

Day 233

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter II: The Council of Elrond
    *Read the third fifth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: VI. The Council of Elrond (1): The Fourth Version and Gandalf’s Tale


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Eriador: Eregion, Rivendell, The Shire, Greenway, Bree

    • Middle-earth: Minas Tirith, Mordor, Gondor, Minas Morgul, Arnor, Barad-dûr, Lórien, Black Gate, Morgul Vale, Dead Marshes, Mirkwood, River Anduin, Gladden Fields, Dol Guldur, River Isen, Isengard, Misty Mountains, Gap of Rohan, White Mountains

  • Timeline: Third Age October 25, 3018

  • Other: Watch the fan-made short movie “The Hunt for Gollum - Short Film” on YouTube.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What was the biggest mistake made since the finding of the Ring?
    2. What is your impression of Radagast?
    3. What would have happened differently if Gandalf had returned to the Shire after talking with Radagast?

 
 

August 22

Day 234

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter II: The Council of Elrond
    *Read the fourth fifth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: VII. The Council of Elrond (2)


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What does a person reveal about themselves when they speak scornfully of someone else?
    2. “… the power of Sauron is still less than fear makes it.” What else is made more powerful by fear?
    3. From whom did Gandalf receive tidings of the Black Riders as he rode north?

 

August 23

Day 235

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter II: The Council of Elrond
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Treason of Isengard: Appendix on Runes


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Rivendell, Weathertop, Ford of Bruinen, Hoarwell, Ettenmoors, Old Forest, The Shire, Dunland, Isengard, Grey Havens, Lothlórien, Gondor, Mordor, River Anduin, Moria, Dol Guldur

  • Timeline: Third Age October 25, 3018

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Council of Elrond.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Do you agree with Glorfindel, that the Ring should be thrown into the Sea, or Gandalf, that they must try to destroy it?
    2. What do Bilbo’s words reveal about his character?
    3. Whose choice to go to Mordor demonstrates greater courage: Frodo’s, or Sam’s?

 
 

August 24

Day 236

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter III: The Ring Goes South
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXIV. The Ring Goes South, The Ring Goes South


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Rivendell, Mirkwood, Misty Mountains, River Hoarwell, Ettenmoors, River Greyflood, Tharbad, North Road, Gladden River, Wilderland, Gladden Fields, Dimrill Stair, River Silverlode, River Anduin, Ford of Bruinen, Mordor, Minas Tirith, Barad-dûr, The Shire

    • The Shire: Bag End, Michel Delving

  • Timeline: Third Age October 25 - December 24, 3018

  • Other: Listen to “I Sit Beside the Fire and Think - Clamavi De Profundis” on YouTube.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why couldn’t the scouts find any trace of the Black Riders?
    2. Were Merry and Pippin the right choice to round out the Fellowship?
    3. In what way did Bilbo best demonstrate his love for Frodo?

 

August 25

Day 237

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter III: The Ring Goes South
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXIV. The Ring Goes South: Note on the Geography and the contemporary Map


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Gondor, Lonely Mountain, Bree, Rivendell, Mount Doom, Ford of Bruinen, East-West Road, Misty Mountains, River Anduin, Wilderland, Eregion, Moria, Redhorn Gate, Caradhras, Dimrill Stair, Mirrormere, River Silverlode, Grey Havens, River Greyflood, Fangorn Forest, Dunland, Mount Doom

  • Timeline: Third Age December 25, 3018 - January 8, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did only Elrond fully understand the importance of Aragorn’s mission?
    2. Should Frodo’s companions have been made to swear oaths?
    3. What might happen if the crows discover the Fellowship?

 
 

August 26

Day 238

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter III: The Ring Goes South
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: VIII. The Ring Goes South


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was it wise to try to cross Caradhras, knowing the danger?
    2. What were the voices on the wind?
    3. Which member of the Fellowship was most helpful in this situation?

 

August 27

Day 239

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter IV: A Journey in the Dark
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about one fourth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: IX. The Mines of Moria (1): The Lord of Moria


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Rivendell, Redhorn Gate, Moria, Gap of Rohan, River Isen, Langstrand, Lebennin, Gondor, Barad-dûr, Dol Guldur, Misty Mountains, Dimrill Gate, Caradhras

  • Timeline: Third Age January 13, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why is everyone afraid of Moria?
    2. Would you choose traveling through Moria, or risking the wolves and Saruman at the Gap of Rohan?
    3. If the wolves were not ordinary wolves, what were they?

 
 

August 28

Day 240

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter IV: A Journey in the Dark
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXV. The Mines of Moria 

             *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Who might have dammed the stream Sirannon, and why?
    2. What is your opinion of the rift between the Elves and the Dwarves?
    3. If you were in Gandalf’s position, which words would you have tried to open the door?

 

August 29

Day 241

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter IV: A Journey in the Dark
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XXV. The Mines of Moria

             *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What was the intention of the creature in the water?
    2. What great deeds of Gandalf’s might the tales in Rivendell tell?
    3. Did Pippin’s stone cause the sounds from below?

 
 

August 30

Day 242

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter IV: A Journey in the Dark
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XV. The First Map of The Lord of the Rings


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why does Sauron covet mithril?
    2. What is the most valuable thing you own, and who knows about it?
    3. Why did Frodo fear for Balin’s fate?

 

August 31

Day 243

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter V: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: X. The Mines of Moria (2): The Bridge


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: The Shire, Moria, Dale, Dimrill Dale, Mirrormere, River Silverlode, Mordor 

  • Timeline: Third Age January 15, 3019

  • Other: Some editions of The Fellowship of the Ring include images of a few of the pages of the Book of Mazarbul, produced by J.R.R. Tolkien. If your book does not contain these reproductions, look them up.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Could the Dwarves have done anything to affect a different outcome in Moria?
    2. What is the significance of Mordor Uruks in Moria?
    3. What was Gandalf doing at the top of the stairs?