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?

 
 

April 2

Day 92

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *This story will be read over the course of eight days, so read about one eighth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: Preface

    • The Fall of Gondolin: Prologue

    • Unfinished Tales: Introduction, Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 15 

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 15 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 15 in the Q II version


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Dor-lómin, Lake Mithrim, Haudh-en-Ndengin, Anfauglith, Hithlum, Angband, Androth, Mouths of Sirion, Ered Lómin

  • Timeline: First Age 472 - 495


Discussion Questions:

    1. How does Tuor’s childhood compare with that of his cousin, Túrin?
    2. Was Annael a wise leader?
    3. Why was Tuor’s heart stirred at the mention of the Hidden Kingdom?

 
 

April 3

Day 93

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Read the second eighth of this story today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Book of Lost Tales 2: III. The Fall of Gondolin

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Tale of The Fall of Gondolin (This is almost identical to the story in The Book of Lost Tales 2, so you don’t need to read it again if you don’t want to. There are only a few words which are different.)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Mithrim, Dor-lómin, Ered Lómin, Western Shores, Cirith Ninniach, Echoing Mountains, Lammoth, Firth of Drengist

  • Timeline: First Age 495

  • Other: Listen to some 8-string harp music


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Tuor believe the stream would lead him to the Gate of the Noldor?
    2. What is the “great doom” written on Tuor’s brow?
    3. Was Tuor meant to follow the white birds?

 

April 4

Day 94

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Read the third eighth of this story today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The The Earliest Text

    • The Fall of Gondolin: Turlin and the Exiles of Gondolin


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Firth of Drengist, Nevrast, Hithlum, Linaewen, Mithrim, Ered Wethrin, Mount Taras, Vinyamar

    • Arda: Middle-Earth, Belegaer, Beleriand

  • Timeline: First Age 495

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Vinyamar


Discussion Questions:

    1. What is Tuor’s destiny?
    2. Was Tuor meant to come to Vinyamar?
    3. Was it wise of Tuor to accept the doom of the arms without knowing what it was?

 
 

April 5

Day 95

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Read the fourth eighth of this story today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 16 (including Commentary on 15 and 16)

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Story Told in the Sketch of the Mythology (This is almost identical to the story in The Shaping of Middle-Earth, Chapters 15 and 16 of The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’, so you don’t need to read it again if you don’t want to. There are only a few words which are different; however, the notes and commentary on each are different.)

    • The Lays of Beleriand: II. Poems Early Abandoned, (iii) The Lay of the Fall of Gondolin


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Who had scorned Ulmo’s counsels?
    2. Why did Tuor’s heart yearn for the sea?
    3. What is Ulmo trying to accomplish? How?

 
 

April 6

Day 96

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Read the fifth eighth of this story today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 16 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 16 in the Q II version

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Story Told in the Quenta Noldorinwa (This is a compilation of Chapters 15 and 16 of the Quenta in The Shaping of Middle-Earth - not quite identical, but similar enough that some readers may wish to skip it.)

    
Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Mount Taras, Nevrast, Brithombar, Falas, Ered Wethrin, Nargothrond, Isle of Balar, Lisgardh (Mouths of Sirion), Bay of Balar, Nan-tathren, River Sirion, River Narog

    • Arda: Beleriand, Belegaer, Middle-Earth, Pelóri

  • Timeline: First Age 495


Discussion Questions:

    1. How does Voronwë’s account of history compare with what you have read so far?
    2. How does Voronwë feel about guiding Tuor to Gondolin?
    3. What was the purpose of Voronwë’s voyage?

 

April 7

Day 97

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Read the sixth eighth of this story today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Last Version


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Woods of Núath, River Narog, Ivrin, Angband, Nargothrond, River Glithui, River Malduin, River Sirion, Dor-lómin, Gondolin

  • Timeline: First Age 496


Discussion Questions:

    1. What had happened at Ivrin?
    2. How is Tuor’s fate connected to Túrin’s?
    3. Compare Tuor’s character to that of Túrin.

 

April 8

Day 98

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Read the seventh eighth of this story today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Evolution of the Story


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Do the eagles know that Tuor is on Ulmo’s errand?
    2. Will Turgon receive Tuor as Ulmo’s messenger?
    3. Does this feel like a homecoming for Voronwë?

 
 

April 9

Day 99

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part One, I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
    *Finish this story today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: Additional Notes


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What is the purpose of the Seven Gates?
    2. Does Elemmakil believe Tuor?
    3. What might Tuor be thinking and feeling as he enters the Last Gate?

 

April 10

Day 100

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 23: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin


Supplementary Reading:

  • Expanded Story:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Appendix 2

  • Background:​​​

    • The Fall of Gondolin: Conclusion

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section I. Prose Fragments Following the Lost Tales, sections (i) and (ii) 

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Year 207 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 307 

    
Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Mithrim, Androth, Hithlum, Dor-lómin, Nevrast, Cirith Ninniach, Nargothrond, Vinyamar, Mount Taras, Gondolin, Mountains of Shadow, Pools of Ivrin, Orfalch Echor, Tumladen, River Sirion, Angband, Encircling Mountains, Doriath, Pass of Anach, Cirith Thoronath, Nan-tathren, Balar, Arvernien

    • Arda: Belegaer, Middle-Earth, Tirion, Araman, Valinor

  • Timeline: First Age 472 - 511

  • Other: Listen to Paul Corfield Godfrey's operatic composition, “The Fall of Gondolin”.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was the fall of Gondolin Maeglin’s fault?
    2. Was the fall of Gondolin Turgon’s fault?
    3. Was the fall of Gondolin inevitable?

 
 

April 11

Day 101

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 24: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapter 17 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 17 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 17 in the Q II version

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 208 - 240 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Book of Lost Tales 2: V. The Tale of Eärendil

    • The Lays of Beleriand: II. Poems Early Abandoned, (ii) Fragment of an alliterative Lay of Eärendil

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 308 - 340 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • Beren and Lúthien: “Beren and Lúthien” The Morning and Evening Star

    
Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Mouths of Sirion, Isle of Balar, Brithombar, Eglarest, Nimbrethil, Doriath, Gondolin

    • Arda: Middle-Earth, Valinor, Beleriand

    • Valinor: Enchanted Isles, Shadowy Seas, Tol Eressëa, Bay of Eldamar, Aman, Calacirya, Taniquetil, Tirion, Valimar, Túna, Alqualondë

  • Character Cards: Elrond, Elros

  • Timeline: First Age 532 - 542

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Eärendil sailing through the sky in Vingilot with the Silmaril on his brow.

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Ulmo help Elwing?
    2. Was it right of Maglor to keep Elros and Elrond?
    3. What do you make of Eönwë’s greeting?

 
 

April 12

Day 102

Basic Reading: 

    The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 24: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Conclusion of the Sketch of the Mythology

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section II. The Earliest ‘Silmarillion’ Chapters 18 and 19 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 18 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 18 in the Q II version

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Chapter 19 (including Commentary)

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section III. The Quenta, Appendix 1

    • The Shaping of Middle-Earth: Section VII. The Earliest Annals of Beleriand, Years 233-43 - 250 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section III. The Later Annals of Beleriand, Year 333-343 - 397 (including corresponding Commentary)

    • The Fall of Gondolin: The Conclusion of the Quenta Noldorinwa

    • The Lost Road: Part Two, Section VI. Quenta Silmarillion, The Conclusion of the Quenta Silmarillion


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Beleriand: Anfauglith, Angband, Thangorodrim, River Sirion

    • Arda: Sundering Seas, Tol Eressëa, Middle-Earth, Valinor, Beleriand, Aman

  • Timeline: First Age 542 - 590

  • Other: Watch the video, “Lord of the Rings: First Age (Complete)” by CivilizationEx, which gives a brief overview of the entire First Age. 


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why were the Valar able to defeat Morgoth so quickly this time?
    2. Why did Maedhros and Maglor decide to pursue the Silmarils?
    3. What was the greatest tragedy of the First Age?