May 2

Day 122

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part Four, II. The Istari
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • Unfinished Tales: Introduction, Part Four, II. The Istari

    • The Peoples of Middle-Earth: Part Two, Section XIII. Last Writings

  • Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Arda: Middle-earth, Aman 

    • Middle-earth: Grey Havens, Gondor, Angmar, Lindon, Lórien, Greenwood

  • Character Cards: Saruman, Radagast

  • Timeline: Third Age 1000

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did the Valar send the Istari, rather than coming to Middle-earth themselves to defeat Sauron, as they had Morgoth?
    2. How could Círdan tell the grey wizard was the greatest and wisest of the five?
    3. Where have you seen evidence of people “forgetting the good in the search for power to effect it”?