Uni Kim – FOTR, Book II, Chap. 6 “Lothlórien”
1) Frodo says that Lorien is a world out of the past. Explain why you think he believes this. Does that make the Elves living in Lorien trustworthy?
2) Frodo says that when he walks through Naith, he feels that he has entered the lost world of the Elder days, even though he can not see anything. Why do you think he feels this way, and do you believe it is the world of the Elder days?
Christine Danielsson – FOTR, Book II, Chap. 7 “The Mirror of Galadriel”
1) What happened when Galadriel took Frodo and Sam to the basin? What did they see?
2) What did Frodo find on Galadriel’s hand? What does she tell him about that ring? How does Frodo handle the situation?
Iliana Hernandez – FOTR, Book II, Chap. 8 “Farewell to Lorien”
1. Galadriel presents gifts to each member of the company, all of which will aid them in their journey, except for the gifts of Sam and Gimli. Why are these gifts so different than the other gifts? What is the significance in the dust for Galadriel’s garden for Sam and the three golden hairs for Gimli?
2. What is the significance in Boromir’s behavior and his comment about throwing away the ring? What is his reasoning behind this? Is he an actual threat or is this just Frodo’s possessiveness over the ring taking over?
India Rangel – FOTR, Book II, Chap. 9 “The Great River”
1) In “Farewell to Lorien,” Galadriel’s ship is carved in the likeness of swan – a bird which is often associated with beauty and grace. However, in the beginning of this chapter, large black swans fly over the fellowship, adding to the mournful appearance of their surroundings. Why do you think Tolkien used swans in both of these instances, and what could they represent?
2) Throughout the story, many characters say the name “Elbereth Gilthoniel” in the presence of great evil. In this chapter, Legolas calls out the name before he shoots the “great winged creature” of the sky. Do you think Tolkien intended these words to be prayer-like or to have some other special meaning?
Dr. B – FOTR, Book II, Chap. 10 “The Breaking of the Fellowship”
1) What breaks the Fellowship?
2) When Frodo puts on the Ring, what does he see? What sees him?
3) Does Frodo succeed in going on alone? Toward Mordor? Why not?