The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
It was not until I read The Lord of the Rings that I understood the power literature has to immerse the reader in a created world. It was the first book that instilled a true love of reading in me, and for many years I read it once a year. J.R.R. Tolkien's attention to detail and his love of language and mythology make his novels a must-read for all fans of literature. These materials will assist you in the teaching of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and/or the Peter Jackson films based upon them.
THE RACES OF MIDDLE-EARTH (PDF) This presentation gives a brief overview of the main races of creatures found in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
INTRODUCTION TO THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (PDF) This presentation gives some background information on Tolkien and introduces the main characters of The Lord of the Rings, in particular those found in The Fellowship of the Ring.
DETERMINE YOUR H.Q. HOBBIT QUOTIENT (PDF) This short personality test helps students determine which of the five main hobbits they are most like: Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry, or Pippin. It also helps them see the difference between the characters.
RIDDLES IN THE DARK (PDF) Tolkien's love for Anglo-Saxon literature and Beowulf in particular inspired him to create a contest of riddles in The Hobbit. This assignment asks students to create their own Anglo-Saxon riddle.