June 28

Day 179

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XIV: While the Dragon’s Away . . ., (i) through (iii)

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Rhovanion: Mirkwood, Esgaroth, Dale, Lake-town, Lonely Mountain, Misty Mountains, Long Lake

  • Timeline: Third Age November 2941

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

Discussion Questions:

    1. How would you respond to the Master’s speech?
    2. Does Thranduil’s response change your opinion of him?
    3. Would you dive into the Lake to claim gemstones from Smaug’s dead body?