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October

 

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October 1

Day 274

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VII: Helm’s Deep
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The War of the Ring: Foreword & Part One, I. The Destruction of Isengard (Chronology)


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Edoras, Rohan, White Mountains, Misty Mountains, River Isen, Isengard, Mordor, Dunland, Westfold, Helm’s Deep, Fords of Isen, Gondor, Mirkwood

    • White Mountains: Thrihyrne

    • Helm’s Deep: The Burg (Hornburg), Deeping Stream, Hornrock, Main Gate (Helm’s Gate), Helm’s Dike, Deeping Wall

  • Timeline: Third Age March 2 - 3, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Helm’s Deep.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Gandalf leave?
    2. What happened to Erkenbrand?
    3. What are the challenges of a night battle?

 
 

October 2

Day 275

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VII: Helm’s Deep
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The War of the Ring: Part One, II. Helm’s Deep


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why do the Dunlandings hate the Rohirrim?
    2. What is the “fire of Orthanc”?
    3. What caused the battle to turn at dawn?

 

October 3

Day 276

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VIII: The Road to Isengard
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The War of the Ring: Part Three, I. Addendum to ‘The Treason of Isengard’


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Westfold, Isengard, Edoras, Dunland, Helm’s Deep, Mirkwood, Moria (Khazad-dûm), Fangorn Forest, Fords of Isen, River Isen, Minas Tirith, Gap of Rohan

    • Helm’s Deep: Deeping Stream, Helm’s Dike, Hornburg

    • Misty Mountains: Mirrormere (Kheled-zâram), 

  • Timeline: Third Age March 4, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Huorns


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think of Erkenbrand’s offer of mercy to the Dunlandings?
    2. How old might Legolas be?
    3. What is the strangest thing you have ever seen?

 
 

October 4

Day 277

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VIII: The Road to Isengard
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The War of the Ring: Part One, III. The Road to Isengard


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

  • Timeline: Third Age March 5, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. What was the dark mist that passed by in the night?
    2. Why had no one from Rohan visited Orthanc in recent times?
    3. What could be the source of Rohan’s legends about Hobbits?

 

October 5

Day 278

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter IX: Flotsam and Jetsam
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The War of the Ring: Part One, IV. Flotsam and Jetsam

             *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Which item from Saruman’s stores would you have been most excited to discover?
    2. Is there any treasure you own which you would not cast away at need?
    3. How would you describe Ents to someone who had not seen them?

 
 

October 6

Day 279

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter IX: Flotsam and Jetsam
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The War of the Ring: Part One, IV. Flotsam and Jetsam

                *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why was Treebeard the leader of the Ents?
    2. What do you learn about Wormtongue’s character in this chapter?
    3. Why did Saruman have pipeweed from the Shire?

 

September 7

Day 250

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter VIII: Farewell to Lórien
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XIV. Farewell to Lórien


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Lothlórien, River Anduin, Gondor, Osgiliath, Minas Tirith, Forest River, Brandywine River, Sarn Gebir, Falls of Rauros, Nen Hithoel, Mordor, Moria, Dale, Dimrill Dale

    • Lothlórien: Caras Galadhon, River Celebrant

  • Timeline: Third Age February 15, 3019

  • Other: Listen to “Galadriel’s Song of Eldamar, I Sang of Leaves” by The Tolkien Ensemble.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What might be going through Boromir’s mind?
    2. What is the difference between cram and lembas?
    3. What was Galadriel’s song about?

 
 

September 8

Day 251

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter VIII: Farewell to Lórien
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XVI. The Story Foreseen from Lórien


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What is Aragorn’s desire, and the treasure he speaks of to Galadriel?
    2. Why would gold have no dominion over Gimli?
    3. What is special about Eärendil’s star?

 

September 9

Day 252

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter IX: The Great River
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XVII. The Great River

             *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: River Anduin (Great River), Brown Lands, Mirkwood, Emyn Muil, Misty Mountains, Bay of Belfalas, Rohan (the Riddermark), River Limlight, Fangorn Forest, White Mountains, Lothlórien, Moria, Wilderland, Sarn Gebir, Mordor

    • The Shire: Southfarthing

    • Rohan: Tol Brandir, Falls of Rauros

    • Lothlórien: River Celebrant (Silverlode), River Nimrodel

  • Timeline: Third Age February 17 - 23, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why didn’t Aragorn warn Frodo that Gollum was following them?
    2. What is the significance of the eagle?
    3. What did Legolas shoot?

 
 

September 10

Day 253

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter IX: The Great River
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XVII. The Great River

            *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Moria, The Shire, Wilderland, River Anduin, Lothlórien, Sarn Gebir, Emyn Muil, River Entwash, Minas Tirith (Minas Anor), Gondor, Osgiliath, Mordor

    • Rohan: Tol Brandir (Tindrock), Argonath, Nen Hithoel, Amon Lhaw, Amon Hen, Falls of Rauros

    • Lothlórien: River Celebrant (Silverlode), Caras Galadhon

    • Arda: Númenor 

  • Timeline: Third Age February 25, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Argonath.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Would you side with Boromir and go by land to Minas Tirith, or with Aragorn, and continue down the River?
    2. Why did the Argonath make the Company feel uncomfortable?
    3. What is Aragorn’s internal conflict?

 

September 11

Day 254

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter X: The Breaking of the Fellowship
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XVIII. The Breaking of the Fellowship

            *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: River Anduin (Great River), Mordor, Minas Tirith, Gondor, The Shire, Misty Mountains, Rohan, Isengard, Ethir Anduin, Mirkwood, Moria, Lothlórien, Harad, Osgiliath, Minas Morgul, Mountains of Shadow, Gorgoroth, Orodruin (Mount Doom), Barad-dûr

    • Rohan: Tol Brandir, Amon Hen, Parth Galen, Amon Lhaw, Falls of Rauros

    • Arda: Númenor 

  • Timeline: Third Age February 26, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Boromir and Frodo at Amon Hen. Watch “Lord of the Rings - Amon Hen & The Seat of Seeing” on the YouTube channel Dork Lords. (Note: This video contains spoilers, so don’t watch it if you don’t know what happens!)


Discussion Questions:

    1. At what point did the Ring begin to control Boromir’s thoughts and actions?
    2. How do you explain the visions Frodo saw while sitting on the seat at Amon Hen?
    3. Would Frodo have made a different decision if Boromir had not followed him?

 
 

September 12

Day 255

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter X: The Breaking of the Fellowship
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XVIII. The Breaking of the Fellowship

             *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Gondor, Emyn Muil, Minas Tirith, Orodruin (Mount Doom), Lothlórien, The Shire, Rivendell, Mordor

    • Rohan: Amon Lhaw, Amon Hen, Falls of Rauros, Parth Galen, Tol Brandir 

  • Timeline: Third Age February 26, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why didn’t Boromir tell the whole story right away?
    2. Why was everyone in the Company panicking?
    3. Have you ever had a friend as loyal as Sam?

 

September 13

Day 256

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter I: The Departure of Boromir


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XIX. The Departure of Boromir


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why could Aragorn not see anything from the seat on Amon Hen?
    2. Do you agree with Gimli, that sometimes there may not be a right choice?
    3. What do you learn about Aragorn’s character from this chapter?

 
 

September 14

Day 257

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part Three, V. The Battles of the Fords of Isen
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • Unfinished Tales: Part Three, V. The Battles of the Fords of Isen, Appendix (i)

             *This section contains spoilers.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Does Saruman’s strategy in this battle demonstrate wisdom?
    2. How did Saruman accumulate such a varied collection of soldiers?
    3. Why wasn’t Éomer present at this battle?

 

September 15

Day 258

Basic Reading: 

    Unfinished Tales: Part Three, V. The Battles of the Fords of Isen
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • Unfinished Tales: Part Three, V. The Battles of the Fords of Isen, Appendix (ii)


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why was there so much confusion among Rohan’s leadership?
    2. Can you identify any mistakes made on either side of the battle?
    3. Why didn’t Gandalf disclose more information about what happened while he was at Edoras?

 
 

September 16

Day 259

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter II: The Riders of Rohan
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about a third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XX. The Riders of Rohan

             *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about a third of it today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: River Anduin, Emyn Muil, Isengard, Fangorn Forest, River Entwash, Rohan, Minas Tirith, White Mountains, Gondor, Lothlórien, Mordor

    • Rohan: Tol Brandir, East Emnet

  • Timeline: Third Age February 26 - 28, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. What gave Pippin cause to hope someone would come after them?
    2. Was Aragorn wise to wait and rest at night, rather than trying to continue the chase in the dark?
    3. Does Saruman know that the three hunters are trying to rescue the Hobbits?

 

September 17

Day 260

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter II: The Riders of Rohan
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XX. The Riders of Rohan

            *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Misty Mountains, The Wold, Rohan (Riddermark), River Anduin (Great River), Fangorn Forest, River Entwash, Gondor, Dale, Mirkwood, Lothlórien, Mordor, Minas Tirith

    • Rohan: Methedras, Entwade

  • Timeline: Third Age February 29 - 30, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Three Hunters.


Discussion Questions:

    1. When have you had to press on without much hope?
    2. Who showed the most loyalty in the exchange between the Riders and the Three Hunters?
    3. Why did Aragorn appear to change when he confronted Éomer?

 
 

September 18

Day 261

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter II: The Riders of Rohan
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

Prior Versions:

  • The Treason of Isengard: XX. The Riders of Rohan

      *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Rohan (the Mark), Minas Tirith, Moria, Lothlórien (Golden Wood), River Anduin (Great River), Falls of Rauros, Gondor, Mordor (Black Land), River Entwash, Barad-dûr (Dark Tower), Fangorn Forest (Entwood), Isengard, Entwade, Edoras, The Wold, Rivendell, Barrow Downs

    • Rohan: Orthanc, Tol Brandir, Westemnet

  • Timeline: Third Age February 30, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Riders of Rohan.


Discussion Questions:

    1. How far is “forty leagues and five”?
    2. Did Gandalf’s foresight fail him?
    3. Who was the old man?

 

September 19

Day 262

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter III: The Uruk-Hai
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Return of the King: Appendix B, “The Great Years” April 3018 through February 3019


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why does Saruman want the Hobbits alive?
    2. Who was the single horseman spotted by the scouts?
    3. What do the arguing Orcs reveal about the plans of Sauron?

 
 

September 20

Day 263

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter III: The Uruk-Hai
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXI. The Uruk-Hai

Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Isengard, Mordor, Misty Mountains, Rivendell, Rohan, River Entwash, Fangorn Forest, River Anduin (Great River), Brown Lands

  • Timeline: Third Age February 28 - 29, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Was it wise of Pippin to make suggestions about the Ring?
    2. What food brings you pleasant memories?
    3. Whose were the watchful eyes that saw the smoke?

 

September 21

Day 264

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter IV: Treebeard
    *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about a fourth of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXII. Treebeard

             *This chapter will be read over the course of four days, so read about a fourth of it today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Treebeard have such a hard time placing the Hobbits in his worldview?
    2. How would you place Ents into your own worldview?
    3. What would be the danger of giving out one’s real name?

 
 

September 22

Day 265

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter IV: Treebeard
    *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXII. Treebeard

            *Read the second fourth of this chapter today, so that you have finished about half.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Lothlórien, River Entwash, Old Forest, Ered Luin (Mountains of Lune), Fangorn Forest, Hobbiton, Rivendell, Moria, The Shire, Rohan, Mirkwood, Mordor, Isengard, Gondor 

    • Beleriand: Nan-Tathren (Tasarinan), Ossiriand, Neldoreth, Dorthonion

    • Lothlórien: Caras Galadhon

  • Timeline: Third Age February 29, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of Treebeard’s house.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What is the Great Darkness in the north to which Treebeard refers?
    2. What did Treebeard do to the water in the two jars?
    3. What do you think of Treebeard’s assessment of the situation in the world?

 

September 23

Day 266

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter IV: Treebeard
    *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXII. Treebeard

            *Read the third fourth of this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Isengard, Mirkwood, Gondor, Misty Mountains, The Shire, River Anduin (Great River), Brown Lands, Fangorn Forest, Rohan

    • Rohan: Derndingle

  • Timeline: Third Age February 29 - 30, 3019

  • Other: Look up illustrations of the Entmoot.


Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think happened to the Entwives?
    2. Have you ever been in a meeting you did not understand?
    3. Why did the Hobbits’ bow amuse the Ents?

 
 

September 24

Day 267

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter IV: Treebeard
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXII. Treebeard

            *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. When is “hastiness” a virtue?
    2. What are some of the differences between Ents and Trolls?
    3. What is the difference between sadness and unhappiness?

 

September 25

Day 268

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter V: The White Rider
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about a third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Background:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXIII. Notes on Various Topics


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Fangorn Forest, Rohan, Lothlórien, Isengard, River Entwash, Mirkwood, River Anduin (Great River)

  • Timeline: Third Age March 1, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Would you have been eager to explore Fangorn Forest, or hesitant like Gimli?
    2. Does it surprise you that Aragorn was unaware of the existence of Ents in Fangorn?
    3. In Legolas’s position, would you have shot the old man?

 
 

September 26

Day 269

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter V: The White Rider
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXIV. The White Rider

            *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Fangorn Forest, Emyn Muil, River Anduin (Great River), Rivendell, Barad-dûr (Dark Tower), Mordor, Minas Tirith, Rohan, Isengard, Sarn Gebir, Wilderland, Edoras

  • Timeline: Third Age March 1, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did the Three Hunters not recognize Gandalf?
    2. How does Gandalf know so much of Sauron’s mind?
    3. In what ways are you dangerous?

 

September 27

Day 270

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter V: The White Rider
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXIV. The White Rider

            *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Where did the nameless things in the deeps of Moria come from?
    2. Why was Gandalf sent back naked?
    3. What is the meaning of Galadriel’s message to Gimli?

 
 

September 28

Day 271

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VI: The King of the Golden Hall
    *This chapter will be read over the course of three days, so read about a third of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions/ Background:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXV. The Story Foreseen from Fangorn


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. Why did Gandalf ask Legolas to describe his vision of Edoras?
    2. Why were the Rohirrim so unfriendly?
    3. Which of the companions displayed the most humility in their interaction with Háma?

 

September 29

Day 272

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VI: The King of the Golden Hall
    *Read the second third of this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXVI: The King of the Golden Hall

            *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Enrichment Activities:


Discussion Questions:

    1. What is the purpose of Gandalf’s staff?
    2. What were Wormtongue’s motives?
    3. What is the power of hope?

 
 

September 30

Day 273

Basic Reading: 

    The Two Towers: Book Three, Chapter VI: The King of the Golden Hall
    *Finish this chapter today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: XXVI: The King of the Golden Hall

            *Finish this chapter today.


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: Rohan, Edoras, Isengard, Gondor, Lonely Mountain, Lothlórien

  • Timeline: Third Age March 2, 3019


Discussion Questions:

    1. How did Saruman get Wormtongue to cooperate?
    2. Why was Aragorn troubled by Éowyn’s admiration?
    3. How has Gimli changed and grown so far?

 

August 31

Day 243

Basic Reading: 

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book Two, Chapter V: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.


Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions:

    • The Treason of Isengard: X. The Mines of Moria (2): The Bridge


Enrichment Activities:

  • Maps:

    • Middle-earth: The Shire, Moria, Dale, Dimrill Dale, Mirrormere, River Silverlode, Mordor 

  • Timeline: Third Age January 15, 3019

  • Other: Some editions of The Fellowship of the Ring include images of a few of the pages of the Book of Mazarbul, produced by J.R.R. Tolkien. If your book does not contain these reproductions, look them up.


Discussion Questions:

    1. Could the Dwarves have done anything to affect a different outcome in Moria?
    2. What is the significance of Mordor Uruks in Moria?
    3. What was Gandalf doing at the top of the stairs?