July 6

Day 187

Basic Reading: 

    The Return of the King: Appendix A, Part III. Durin’s Folk
    *This section will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Appendix II: Tolkien’s Letter to The Observer (The Hobyahs)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: River Silverlode, Gladden

    • Middle-earth: Moria, Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Erebor, Grey Mountains, Iron Hills, River Celduin, River Carnen, Dale, Dunland, Gundabad, Lórien, Eriador, Ered Luin, River Lune

    • Moria: Dimrill Dale, Caradhras, Redhorn Pass, Mirrormere, Dimrill Gate

    • Beleriand: Nogrod, Belegost, Blue Mountains, Thangorodrim, Eregion

  • Character Cards: Durin

  • Timeline: Third Age November 2941

  • Other: Watch the 1977 animated film “The Hobbit,” from Rankin/Bass Productions. Is it a faithful adaptation?


Discussion Questions:

    1. What does it mean to the Dwarves to be descendants of Durin?
    2. Should the Dwarves have stayed away from Moria?
    3. What is Durin’s Bane?