Did you know that some of The Lord of the Rings was influenced by World War I? J. R. R. Tolkien was greatly moved by the change in the change in the English countryside during the war. The influence of the medieval period is also prominent. Older children would benefit from a comparison of history to the books.
The Fellowship alone teaches kids about such qualities as bravery, loyalty, and honesty. You also have characters who can fill lessons about less desirable characteristics.
The Lord of the Rings books, as well as The Hobbit, are filled with beautiful prose and poetry that would be good for memorizing. C has already learned the One Ring translation on his own.
Middle-Earth isn’t just a fictional realm. It’s a classroom full of answers. Maybe one day I’ll even have my question answered: why didn’t Tolkein write about fairies? He seems to forgotten about them. At least I haven’t been forgotten by the fairies; I even got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother who spreads love to bloggers everywhere by giving them gift cards. Perhaps he’ll visit you next; comment on this post and find out!
Have you been visited by fairies, elves, or hobbits lately?
Disclosure: This was a compensated post.