April 1

Day 91

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 22: Of the Ruin of Doriath
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 14 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 14 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 201 - 206 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Years 301 - 306 

    • The War of the Jewels: Part Three, Section V: The Tale of Years[This is the last reading from The War of the Jewels.]

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Ered Lindon, River Gelion, Sarn Athrad, Doriath, Menegroth, River Aros, Nogrod, Region, Blue Mountains, Belegost, Nan Elmoth, Neldoreth, River Esgalduin, Ossiriand, Tol Galen, River Adurant, River Ascar, Mount Dolmed, River Sirion

    • Arda: Beleriand, Cuiviénen, Middle-Earth

    • Valinor: Lórien

  • Timeline: First Age 501-506

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why does the Silmaril cause such greed and lust?
    2. What are the similarities and differences between this second kin-slaying, and the first at Alqualondë?
    3. What prevents the sons of Fëanor from regaining the Silmaril?


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