July 12

Day 193

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter I: A Long-Expected Party
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: I. A Long-Expected Party


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • The Shire: Hobbiton, Bywater, The Hill, Bag End, The Water, Sackville

    • Middle-earth: The Shire, Lonely Mountain, Dale 

  • Timeline: Third Age September 22, 3001


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think of the tradition of giving gifts on one’s birthday, rather than receiving?
    2. Why have Bilbo’s guests attended his party?
    3. If you had been one of Bilbo’s guests, would you have felt insulted by his speech?