January 1

Basic Reading:

The Silmarillion: From a Letter by J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman, 1951

*This selection will be read over the course of three days, so read about a third of the letter


Supplementary Reading:

The Silmarillion: Foreword & Preface

On Fairy-Stories

Enrichment Activities:

Maps: Intro

Character Cards: Intro

Timeline: Intro

Other: Look up biographical information about J.R.R. Tolkien. Consider the role the Inklings

played in the development of his writing and the Middle-Earth mythology.

Discussion Questions:

1. What were some of the sources of inspiration for the development of the mythology?

2. Tolkien expresses a dislike for allegory. How is his mythology different from allegory? Do

you see any similarities?

3. What does Tolkien’s essay On Fairy-Stories reveal about his approach to his Middle-Earth


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