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
The Silmarillion: Foreword & Preface
Character Cards: 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.
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