Silmarillion Blues: The Tolkien Quest

On August 30, 2015, I embarked on a great and ongoing quest to discuss all of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth… book by book, chapter by chapter.  The end goal: to fully understand The Silmarillion.

Toasting the Professor on his birthday

The Beginning of a Hobbit’s Journey

The Hobbit

Ch. 1 – “An Unexpected Party
Ch. 2 – “Roast Mutton
Ch. 3 – “A Short Rest
Ch. 4 – “Over Hill and Under Hill
Ch. 5 – “Riddles in the Dark
Ch. 6 – “Out of the Frying-Pan Into the Fire
Ch. 7 – “Queer Lodgings
Ch. 8 – “Flies and Spiders
Ch. 9 – “Barrels Out of Bond
Ch. 10 – “A Warm Welcome
Ch. 11 – “On the Doorstep
Ch. 12 – “Inside Information
Ch. 13 – “Not at Home
Ch. 14 – “Fire and Water
Ch. 15 – “The Gathering of the Clouds
Ch. 16 – “A Thief in the Night
Ch. 17 – “The Clouds Burst
Ch. 18 – “The Return Journey
Ch. 19 – “The Last Stage

The Hobbit (end review)

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The Lord of the Rings

Prologue: Concerning Hobbits, and other matters

The Fellowship of the Ring

Book One: The Ring Sets Out

Ch. 1 – “A Long-Expected Party
Ch. 2 – “The Shadow of the Past
Ch. 3 – “Three is Company
Ch. 4 – “A Short Cut to Mushrooms
Ch. 5 – “A Conspiracy Unmasked
Ch. 6 – “The Old Forest
Ch. 7 – “In the House of Tom Bombadil
Ch. 8 – “Fog on the Barrow-downs
Ch. 9 – “At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
Ch. 10 – “Strider
Ch. 11 – “A Knife in the Dark
Ch. 12 – “Flight to the Ford

Book Two: The Ring Goes South

Ch. 1 – “Many Meetings
Ch. 2 – “The Council of Elrond
Ch. 3 – “The Ring Goes South
Ch. 4 – “A Journey in the Dark
Ch. 5 – “The Bridge of Khazad-dum
Ch. 6 – “Lothlórien
Ch. 7 – “The Mirror of Galadriel”
Ch. 8 – “Farewell to Lórien
Ch. 9 – “The Great River
Ch. 10 – “The Breaking of the Fellowship

The Two Towers

Book Three: The Treason of Isengard

Ch. 1 – “The Departure of Boromir
Ch. 2 – ” The Riders of Rohan
Ch. 3 – “The Uruk-hai
Ch. 4 – “Treebeard
Ch. 5 – “The White Rider
Ch. 6 – “The King of the Golden Hall
Ch. 7 – “Helm’s Deep
Ch. 8 – “The Road to Isengard
Ch. 9 – “Flotsam and Jetsam
Ch. 10 – “The Voice of Saruman
Ch. 11 – “The Palantir

Book Four: The Ring Goes East

Ch. 1 – “The Taming of Smeagol
Ch. 2 – “The Passage of the Marshes
Ch. 3 – “The Black Gate is Closed
Ch. 4 – “Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
Ch. 5 – “The Window on the West
Ch. 6 – “The Forbidden Pool
Ch. 7 – “Journey to the Cross-roads
Ch. 8 – “The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
Ch. 9 – “Shelob’s Lair
Ch. 10 – “The Choices of Master Samwise

The Return of the King

Book Five: The War of the Ring

Ch. 1 – “Minas Tirith
Ch. 2 – “The Passing of the Grey Company
Ch. 3 – “The Muster of Rohan
Ch. 4 – “The Siege of Gondor
Ch. 5 – “The Ride of the Rohirrim
Ch. 6 – “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Ch. 7 – “The Pyre of Denethor
Ch. 8 – “The Houses of Healing
Ch. 9 – “The Last Debate
Ch. 10 – “The Black Gate Opens

Book Six: The End of the Third Age

Ch. 1 – “The Tower of Cirith Ungol
Ch. 2 – “The Land of Shadow
Ch. 3 – “Mount Doom
Ch. 4 – “The Field of Cormallen
Ch. 5 – “The Steward and the King
Ch. 6 – “Many Partings
Ch. 7 – “Homeward Bound
Ch. 8 – “The Scouring of the Shire”
Ch. 9 – “The Grey Havens”

Appendices

A. Annals of the Kings and Rulers
I. The Númenorean Kings
(i) Númenor
(ii) The Realms in Exile
(iii) Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur
(iv) Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion
(v) Here Follows a Part of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen
II. The House of Eorl
III. Durin’s Folk
B. The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands)
C. Family Trees (Hobbits)
D. Calendars
E. Writing and Spelling
I. Pronunciation of Words and Names
II. Writing
F. I. The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age
II. On Translation

The Lord of the Rings (end review)

 

Bilbo’s Last Song