Of The Rings of Power and The Third Age
In this, the very last week of our Silmarillion read-along, we're wrapping up with Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age... which we might lovingly refer to the TL;DR of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This final chapter of The Silmarillion is packed with tons of information, bridging the Silmarillion to the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
As its title would suggest, it concerns mostly with the Rings of Power and the Third Age. Here's a long, but thorough, summary of the chapter by the Silmarillion Writer's Guild.
- What role does Sauron play in this chapter? How is he like and unlike Melkor?
- Why didn't the Valar intervene to stop Sauron?
- How are the Elves present in the Third Age?
- Are Hobbits mentioned much in this chapter? Why do you think that is?
Looking Back on The Silmarillion
I had so much fun reading through The Silmarillion with so many of you in our Facebook group! I think, by the end, we had over 200 people with us. It was incredibly helpful for me as this was really only my second time reading The Silmarillion and there were many of you who knew much more than I do. For this week's discussion, I wanted to spend some time just looking back on this story (or really, collection of stories)...
- Which chapter, storyline, or scene meant the most to you? Why?
- Were there any chapters you struggled to get through? Why do you think that is?
- How do you suppose Tolkien's Catholic faith and philosophy influenced The Silmarillion?
- What other influences are present?
- Are there any practical lessons to be learned from The Silmarillion?