May 16

Day 136

Basic Reading: 

    The Return of the King: Appendix A, Part II. The House of Eorl

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Peoples of Middle-Earth: Part One, Section VIII. The Tale of Years of the Third Age, up to 2940

    • The Peoples of Middle-Earth: Part One, Section IX., (III) The House of Eorl

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Middle-earth: River Anduin, Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Gondor, Rhovanion, Brown Lands, Calenardhon, River Isen, Rohan, White Mountains, Ered Mithrin, Dunland, Barad-dûr, Ithilien, Mordor, Emyn Muil, Sea of Rhûn

    • Rhovanion: River Anduin, Carrock, Gladden, Mirkwood, Dol Guldur, Angmar, Field of Celebrant, River Silverlode, River Limlight, The Wold

    • Gondor: River Lefnui, River Isen, Lossarnach, Fields of Pelennor, Dol Amroth

    • Rohan: River Adorn, Edoras, Crossings of Isen, Helm’s Deep, Dunharrow, River Entwash, Isengard, Paths of the Dead, Harrowdale, Firien Wood, Eastfold

  • Character Cards: Helm Hammerhand, Éomer, Éowyn

  • Timeline: Third Age 2510 - 2953

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Scatha the dragon. Consider how the breed has developed since the time of Glaurung.

Discussion Questions:

    1. What was Saruman’s motive in occupying Orthanc?
    2. How is the culture of Rohan different from that of Gondor?
    3. Why did Aragorn and Éomer find it necessary to renew the vows of Cirion and Eorl?