May 12

Day 132

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part Three, II. Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan, (ii) The Ride of Eorl

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Peoples of Middle-Earth: Part Two, Late Writings, opening section and X. Of Dwarves and Men

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Middle-earth: Gondor, Mirkwood, Misty Mountains, Forest River, Ered Mithrin, River Anduin, Minas Tirith, Mordor, Umbar, Emyn Muil, Dagorlad, Calenardhon, Rhovanion 

    • Rhovanion: River Greylin, River Langwell, River Limlight, Field of Celebrant, Brown Lands, Sea of Rhûn, Undeeps, River Running, Dol Guldur, Gladden Fields, East Bight, Dwimordene, The Wold

  • Character Cards: Cirion

  • Timeline: Third Age 2489 - 2510

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

Discussion Questions:

    1. Who were the Balchoth?
    2. Why did Eorl decide to help Gondor?
    3. What might have prevented the Balchoth from hindering Eorl’s company?