May 20

Day 140

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party
    *Finish this chapter today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part One: Chapter I(c): The Adventure Continues

  • Prior Versions:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: The 1960 Hobbit, opening section and New Chapter I: A Well-Planned Party

             *Note: This is not actually a prior version of the story, but rather a set of proposed revisions to the published story which were never incorporated.

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Middle-earth: Long Lake, River Running, Dale, The Lonely Mountain, Moria

  • Character Cards: Azog

  • Timeline: Third Age April 2941

  • Other: Listen to “Song of Durin” by Eurielle, a lament for the sad fate of the Dwarves.

Discussion Questions:

    1. Why is Thorin suspicious of Gandalf?
    2. Why is the Necromancer too powerful for the Dwarves to take on?
    3. What do you think of Bilbo’s decision not to get up early and prepare the Dwarves’ breakfasts?