July 23

Day 204

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter IV: A Short Cut to Mushrooms
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: IV. To Maggot’s Farm and Buckland


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • The Shire: Bucklebury, Crickhollow, Bucklebury Ferry, Woodhall, The Marish, Brandywine Bridge, Stock, Eastfarthing, Brandywine River, The Stock-brook, Brandy Hall, Buckland

  • Timeline: Third Age September 25, 3018

  • Other: Try a recipe for miruvor, the beverage of the Elves. (This recipe includes a non-alcoholic variation.) 


Discussion Questions:

    1. Would you have chosen Pippin’s route through Stock, to enjoy the Golden Perch, or Frodo’s short cut through bogs and ditches?
    2. What was the significance of the wailing call the Hobbits heard?
    3. When have you avoided someone out of fear or shame from something in the past?

 

July 24

Day 205

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter IV: A Short Cut to Mushrooms
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XVII. A Short Cut to Mushrooms

    • The Return of the Shadow: XIX. The Third Phase (I): The Journey to Bree, Chapter IV: ‘A Short Cut to Mushrooms’

    • The Treason of Isengard: II. The Fourth Phase (I): From Hobbiton to Bree, Chapter IV: ‘A Short Cut to Mushrooms’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • The Shire: Stock, The Marish, Brandywine River, Brandy Hall, Woodhall, Bucklebury Ferry, Buckland, Hobbiton

  • Timeline: Third Age September 25, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why is Sam so devoted to Frodo?
    2. What do you think of Farmer Maggot?
    3. Why are people more nervous in the dark?

 

July 25

Day 206

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter V: A Conspiracy Unmasked
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XVIII. Again from Buckland to the Withywindle, (i) A Conspiracy is Unmasked


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • The Shire: Bucklebury Ferry, Brandywine River, Brandy Hall, The Marish, Buckland, Old Forest, Bucklebury, Stock, Rushey, Haysend, River Withywindle, Bag End, Brandywine Bridge, Crickhollow, Hobbiton

  • Timeline: Third Age September 25, 3018

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “Sing hey for the bath at close of day - The Bath Song” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why are the Hobbits of Buckland different from those in the rest of the Shire?
    2. Why is Frodo so reluctant to explain everything?
    3. Have you ever had friends who understood you without explanation?

 

July 26

Day 207

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter V: A Conspiracy Unmasked
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XIX. The Third Phase (I): The Journey to Bree, Chapter V: ‘A Conspiracy Unmasked’

    • The Treason of Isengard: II. The Fourth Phase (I): From Hobbiton to Bree, Chapter V: ‘A Conspiracy Unmasked’ (with ‘The Dream of the Tower’)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • The Shire: Bag End, Bucklebury, Brandy Hall, Buckland, Crickhollow, Brandywine Bridge, Great East Road, Old Forest, Eastfarthing, Budgeford, Bridgefields, Bucklebury Ferry, Brandywine River, The Marish, Stock, Rushey, Haysend, River Withywindle, Hobbiton

  • Timeline: Third Age September 25, 3018

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “Farewell We Call to Hearth and Hall” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was it right of Sam to share Frodo’s secrets with Merry, Pippin, and Fatty?
    2. Would it be better to leave right away or wait for Gandalf?
    3. What do you think of the whole plan the Hobbits have made? Would you make any changes?

 

July 27

Day 208

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VI: The Old Forest
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about one third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: V. The Old Forest and the Withywindle


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

  • Timeline: Third Age September 26, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. Do you think the Hobbits successfully concealed their departure?
    2. Who or what do you suppose makes paths in the Old Forest?
    3. Have you ever been in a place where you felt unwelcome?

 

July 28

Day 209

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VI: The Old Forest
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XVIII. Again from Buckland to the Withywindle, (ii) The Old Forest

    • The Return of the Shadow: XIX. The Third Phase (I): The Journey to Bree, Chapter VI: ‘The Old Forest’


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Have you ever been unable to avoid a destination you knew you did not want?
    2. How does it feel to be lost?
    3. What is causing the Hobbits to feel sleepy?

 

July 29

Day 210

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VI: The Old Forest
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: II. The Fourth Phase (I): From Hobbiton to Bree, Chapter VI: ‘The Old Forest’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Eriador: Old Forest, River Withywindle, Barrow-downs

    • The Shire: Crickhollow, Brandywine River, Bucklebury 

  • Character Cards: Tom Bombadil, Goldberry

  • Timeline: Third Age September 26, 3018

  • Other: Listen to Tolkien’s reading of “Hey come merry doll - A Tom Bombadil song” on the YouTube channel, The Professor Tolkien Reads.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What might have happened if Sam had fallen asleep?
    2. What would you have done to try to rescue Merry and Pippin from Old Man Willow?
    3. Who is Tom Bombadil?

 

July 30

Day 211

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VII: In the House of Tom Bombadil
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: VI. Tom Bombadil


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Who is Goldberry?
    2. How might Tom Bombadil and Goldberry have heard the Hobbits were heading their way?
    3. Who was the white-haired man in Frodo’s dream?

 

July 31

Day 212

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One, Chapter VII: In the House of Tom Bombadil
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Return of the Shadow: XVIII. Again from Buckland to the Withywindle, (iii) Tom Bombadil

    • The Return of the Shadow: XIX. The Third Phase (I): The Journey to Bree, Chapter VII: ‘In the House of Tom Bombadil’

    • The Treason of Isengard: II. The Fourth Phase (I): From Hobbiton to Bree, Chapter VII: ‘In the House of Tom Bombadil’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:  

    • Eriador: Old Forest, River Withywindle, Barrow-downs, The Shire, Great East Road

  • Timeline: Third Age September 27, 3018


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think of Tom Bombadil’s ways?
    2. Why did Tom not disappear when he put on the Ring? Why could he see Frodo with the Ring on?
    3. What prompted Frodo to put on the Ring?