The Tolkien Usenet Groups' Chapter of the Week Project

T (AFT) and rec.arts.books.tolkien (RABT) newsgroups are proud to present to you this weekly series of discussion threads. The purpose is to inspire some Tolkien book-reading and discussion on a regular schedule, at a pace most people can manage, and at all levels of expertise from complete newbies to lifelong Tolkien experts.

If you are new to these newsgroups, they are devoted to the books of J.R.R. Tolkien (and miscellaneous topics.) See the FAQ which is posted regularly, or find it at

Dr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 31st August 2003

People wishing to volunteer for a chapter are very welcome, and should send an email to trungsisterfan at yahoo dot com with the subject "Tolkien Parasha sign-up ". Thread names should really be of the format "Chapter Of The Week: The Hobbit, Chapter x" or similar (to be changed for LotR). Corrections and additions to TrungSisterFan, ESB or myself. All typos and errors in this list are mine or TrungSisterFan's, unless claimed by someone else ;-) Also, TrungSisterFan wishes to thank Troels Forchhammer for his excellent advice.

Een Wilde Ier, 4th September 2003 (Page last updated 31st January 2005)

After the old location hosting the ‘Chapter of the Week’ web-file went off-line, the schedule has been managed for a period through postings to the newsgroups. This was, however, not a satisfying solution in the long term, and I (Troels Forchhammer) have therefore, on the kind suggestion from Huan the Hound, found a new resting place.

Enquiries regarding the schedule of the Tolkien usenet groups' ( and rec.arts.books.tolkien) ‘Chapter of the Week’ project should be directed to the groups, to Troels, ‘troelsfo’ at ‘’, or to ‘aft-rabt’ at ‘’ (once I've found out how to do that easily, I will be checking that mail regularly).
I am sorry about the trouble, but experience tells me that putting an e-mail address on a web-page is a bad idea due to spam.

Postings for The Silmarillion ‘Chapter of the Week’ project should all start the subject with ‘CotW Silm’ and contain any chapter numbers given in the list below as well as the title of the chapter.

Troels Forchhammer, 21st of September 2006 (page last updated the 6th of April 2007).

The Hobbit

Date Chapter Title Assigned
Aug 28th, 2003 Introducing an Idea! An Idea: Chapter Of The Week! Dr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Sept 1st, 2003 1. An Unexpected Party Dr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Sept 8th, 2003 2. Roast Mutton Pradera
Sept 15th, 2003 3. A Short Rest AC (Aaron Clausen)
Sept 22th, 2003 4. Over Hill and Under Hill RoRowe
Sept 29th, 2003 5. Riddles in the Dark Zett
Oct 6th, 2003 6. Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire TradeSurplus
Oct 13th, 2003 7. Queer Lodgings Henriette
Oct 20th, 2003 8. Flies and Spiders Taemon
Oct 27th, 2003 9. Barrels out of Bond Tamfiiris Entwife
Nov 3rd, 2003 10. A Warm Welcome AC (Aaron Clausen)
Nov 10th, 2003 11. On the Doorstep Hasan Hasdrubal Hamilcar
Nov 17th, 2003 12. Inside Information Elwë Singollo
Nov 24th, 2003 13. Not at Home Archimedes99
Dec 1st, 2003 14. Fire and Water Yzetta
Dec 8th, 2003 15. The Gathering of the Clouds Michelle J. Haines
Dec 8th, 2003 15. The Gathering of the Clouds AC (Aaron Clausen)
Dec 15th, 2003 16. A Thief in the Night Yzetta
Dec 22nd, 2003 17. The Clouds Burst AC (Aaron Clausen)
Dec 29th, 2003 18. The Return Journey Taemon
Jan 5th, 2004 19. The Last Stage Troels Forchhammer

The Lord of the Rings

Jan 12th, 2004 Prologue Concerning Hobbits AC (Aaron Clausen)
    Concerning Pipe Weed AC (Aaron Clausen)
    Of the Ordering of the Shire AC (Aaron Clausen)
    Of the Finding of the Ring AC (Aaron Clausen)

The Fellowship of the Ring

Book One

Jan 19th, 2004 I—1 A Long-Expected Party Dr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Jan 26th, 2004 I—2 The Shadow of the Past Elwë Singollo
Feb 2nd, 2004 I—3 Three is Company Rhiannon
Feb 9th, 2004 I—4 A Short Cut to Mushrooms Belba Grubb From Stock
Feb 16th, 2004 I—5 A Conspiracy Unmasked Troels Forchammer
Feb 23rd, 2004 I—6 The Old Forest Tamfiiris Entwife
Mar 1st, 2004 I—7 In the House of Tom Bombadil Henriette
Mar 8th, 2004 I—8 Fog on the Barrow-Downs AC (Aaron Clausen)
Mar 15th, 2004 I—9 At the Sign of the Prancing Pony Hashemon Urtasman
Mar 22nd, 2004 I—10 Strider Yzetta
Mar 29th, 2004 I—11 A Knife in the Dark Belba Grubb From Stock
Apr 5th, 2004 I—12 Flight to the Ford AC (Aaron Clausen)

Book Two

Apr 12th, 2004 II—1 Many Meetings Belba Grubb From Stock
Apr 19th, 2004 II—2 The Council of Elrond  
    Part One — Introduction Christopher Kreuzer
    Part Two — Reports Christopher Kreuzer
    Part Three — Characters Christopher Kreuzer
Apr 26th, 2004 II—3 The Ring Goes South Michelle J. Haines
May 10th, 2004 II—4 A Journey in the Dark Michelle J. Haines
May 17th, 2004 II—5 The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm g.skinner
May 24th, 2004 II—6 Lothlórien Christopher Kreuzer
May 31st, 2004 II—7 The Mirror of Galadriel Henriette
Jun 7th, 2004 II—8 Farewell to Lórien Kristian Damm Jensen
Jun 14th, 2004 II—9 The Great River Archimedes99
Jun 21st, 2004 II—10 The Breaking of the Fellowship Michelle J. Haines

The Two Towers

Book Three

Jun 28th, 2004 III—1 The Departure of Boromir Hasan Hasdrubal Hamilcar
Jul 5th, 2004 III—2 The Riders of Rohan Belba Grubb From Stock
Jul 12th, 2004 III—3 The Uruk-Hai Yuk Tang
Jul 26th, 2004 III—4 Treebeard Belba Grubb From Stock
Aug 2nd, 2004 III—5 The White Rider Hasan Hasdrubal Hamilcar
Aug 9th, 2004 III—6 The King of the Golden Hall Belba Grubb From Stock
Aug 16th, 2004 III—7 Helm's Deep RoRowe
Aug 23rd, 2004 III—8 The Road to Isengard Aelfwina
Aug 30th, 2004 III—9 Flotsam and Jetsam Aelfwina
Sept 6th, 2004 III—10 The Voice of Saruman Christian Hannibal
Sept 13th, 2004 III—11 The Palantír Christopher Kreuzer

Book Four

Sept 20th, 2004 IV—1 The Taming of Sméagol Troels Forchhammer
Sept 27th, 2004 IV—2 The Passage of the Marshes Michelle J. Haines
Oct 4th, 2004 IV—3 The Black Gate is Closed Ciaran Shanahan
Oct 11th, 2004 IV—4 Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit Al MacLeod
Oct 18th, 2004 IV—5 The Window on the West Christopher Kreuzer
Oct 25th, 2004 IV—6 The Forbidden Pool Belba Grubb From Stock
Nov 1st, 2004 IV—7 Journey to the Cross-Roads Michelle J. Haines
Nov 8th, 2004 IV—8 The Stairs of Cirith Ungol Troels Forchhammer
Nov 15th, 2004 IV—9 Shelob's Lair Michelle J. Haines
Nov 22nd, 2004 IV—10 The Choices of Master Samwise Ciaran Shanahan

The Return of the King

Book Five

Nov 29th, 2004 V—1 Minas Tirith Christopher Kreuzer
Dec 6th, 2004 V—2 The Passing of the Grey Company Jamie Andrews
Dec 13th, 2004 V—3 The Muster of Rohan AC (Aaron Clausen)
Dec 20th, 2004 V—4 The Siege of Gondor Morgoth's Curse
Jan 3rd, 2005 V—5 The Ride of the Rohirrim RoRowe
Jan 10th, 2005 V—6 The Battle of the Pelennor Fields Belba Grubb From Stock
Jan 17th, 2005 V—7 The Pyre of Denethor Sean McFee
Jan 24th, 2005 V—8 The Houses of Healing Aelfwina
Jan 31st, 2005 V—9 The Last Debate Speaking Clock
Feb 7th, 2005 V—10 The Black Gate Opens Sean McFee

Book Six

Feb 14th, 2005 VI—1 The Tower of Cirith Ungol Ciaran Shanahan
Feb 21st, 2005 VI—2 The Land of Shadow R. Dan Henry
Feb 28th, 2005 VI—3 Mount Doom Christopher Kreuzer
Mar 7th, 2005 VI—4 The Field of Cormallen Aelfwina
Mar 14th, 2005 VI—5 The Steward and the King Fireproof
Mar 21st, 2005 VI—6 Many Partings Michelle J. Haines
Mar 28th, 2005 VI—7 Homeward Bound AC (Aaron Clausen)
Apr 4th, 2005 VI—8 The Scouring of the Shire R. Dan Henry
Apr 11th, 2005 VI—9 The Grey Havens Dr. Ernst Stavro Blofeld


Apr 26th, 2005 Appendix A I (i) The Númenorean Kings, ‘Númenor’ Christopher Kreuzer
May 2nd, 2005 Appendix A I (ii — iii) The Númenorean Kings, ‘The Realms in Exile’ and ‘Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur’ Belba Grubb From Stock
May 10th 2005 Appendix A I (ii) & (iv) The Númenorean Kings, ‘The Realms in Exile’ and ‘Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion’: The Heirs of Anárion Gregory Hernandez
May 16th 2005 Appendix A I (ii) & (iv) The Númenorean Kings, ‘The Realms in Exile’ and ‘Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion’: The Stewards Matthew T. Curtis
May 25th 2005 Appendix A I (v) The Númenorean Kings, ‘Here Follows a Part of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen’ Troels Forchhammer
Jun 7th, 2005 Appendix A II The House of Eorl Larry Swain
Jun 20th, 2005 Appendix A III Durin's Folk Graham Lockwood
Jul 1st, 2005 Appendix B (1) The Tale of Years, ‘The Second Age’ Larry Swain
Jul 11th, 2005 Appendix B (2) The Tale of Years, ‘The Third Age’ (until c. 3000) Gregory Hernandez
Jul 25th, 2005 Appendix B (3) The Tale of Years, ‘The Third Age’ (from c. 3000 Belba Grubb From Stock
Aug 1st, 2005 Appendix C Family Trees Aelfwina
Aug 9th, 2005 Appendix D Calendars Odysseus
Aug 17th, 2005 Appendix E Writing and Spelling Count Menelvagor
Aug 30th, 2005 Appendix F I The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age Larry Swain
Sep 6th, 2005 Appendix F II On Translation Belba Grubb From Stock
Sep 13th, 2005 Index I Songs and Verses Belba Grubb From Stock
Sep 21st, 2005 Index II Persons, Beasts and Monsters Belba Grubb From Stock
Sep 27th, 2005 Index III Places Belba Grubb From Stock
Oct 4th, 2005 Index IV Things Belba Grubb From Stock
Oct 11th, 2005 The Author J.R.R. Tolkien and "The Lord of the Rings" Belba Grubb From Stock

The Silmarillion

Apr 18th, 2005 Continuing the CotW Project Silmarillion Chapter Discussion (CotW) Christopher Kreuzer
Sep 9th, 2005 Continuing the CotW Project CotW - Silmarillion Gregory Hernandez
Sep 13th, 2005 Setting it up Silmarillion Chapter of the Week discussions Christopher Kreuzer
Oct 8th, 2005 Foreword Foreword Christopher Kreuzer

I: Ainulindalė

Oct 28th, 2005 I Ainulindalë Troels Forchhammer

II: Valaquenta

Nov 4th, 2005 II Valaquenta Gregory Hernandez

III: Quenta Silmarillion

Nov 8th, 2005 III QS ch. 1 Of the Beginning of Days Christopher Kreuzer
Nov 14th, 2005 III QS ch 2 Of Aulë and Yavanna Chris Kern
Nov 28th, 2005 III QS ch 3 Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor Gregory Hernandez
Nov 30th, 2005 III QS ch 4 Of Thingol and Melian Taemon
Dec 5th, 2005 III QS ch 5 Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië Yuk Tang
Dec 12th, 2005 III QS ch 6 Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor RoRowe
Nov 14th, 2005 III QS ch 7 Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor R. Dan Henry
Feb 26th, 2006 III QS ch 8 Of the Darkening of Valinor Larry Swain
Mar 8th, 2006 III QS ch 9 Of the Flight of the Noldor Eric Root
Mar 23rd, 2006 III QS ch 10 Of the Sindar Count Menelvagor
Mar 28th, 2006 III QS ch 11 Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor Odysseus
Apr 10th, 2006 III QS ch 12 Of Men Troels Forchhammer
Apr 24th, 2006 III QS ch 13 Of the Return of the Noldor Neil Anderson
May 26th, 2006 III QS ch 14 Of Beleriand and its Realms Morgoth's Curse
Jun 23rd, 2006 III QS ch 15 Of the Noldor in Beleriand Christopher Kreuzer
Jul 3rd, 2006 III QS ch 16 Of Maeglin Huan the Hound
Aug 13th, 2006 III QS ch 17 Of the Coming of Men into the West Michelle J. Haines
Sep 9th, 2006 III QS ch 18 Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin Neil Anderson
Oct 24th, 2006 III QS ch 19 Of Beren and Lúthien Troels Forchhammer
Sep 29th, 2006 III QS ch 20 Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad  
    Part 1 Morgoth's Curse
    Part 2 Morgoth's Curse
    Part 3 Morgoth's Curse
    Part 4 Morgoth's Curse
    Part 5 Morgoth's Curse
    Part 6 Morgoth's Curse
    Part 7 Morgoth's Curse
Oct 31st, 2006 III QS ch 21 Of Túrin Turambar William de Hikelyng
Nov 19th, 2006 III QS ch 22 Of the Ruin of Doriath Christopher Kreuzer
Nov 27th, 2006 III QS ch 23 Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin Matthew T. Curtis
Jan 8th, 2007 III QS ch 24 Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath Larry Swain

IV: Akkalabêth

Jan 22nd, 2007 IV Akallabêth Larry Swain

V: Of the Rings of Power …

Feb 5th, 2007 V Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age Troels Forchhammer
Feb 24th, 2007 Tables Tables, ‘Genealogies; The Sundering of the Elves’, ‘Index of Names’ Matthew T. Curtis
?? Wrapping Up, part I Wrapping Up (1):
The Composition of the published Silmarillion, and evaluation of a posthumously edited work
William Hicklin

The Reserve Volunteer List

I have chosen not to keep the people on the reserve volunteer list from the old The Lord of the Rings ‘Chapter of the Week’ project. New volunteers and old returnees will be very welcome.

S , will this be the end? Will there be no more Chapters of the Week? Is this where the tireless posters of AFT and RABT will have to move on?

“As wicked fools I scorned them, but I pity them at last. For if this is indeed, as the Flamers say, the gift of the Author to the posters, it is bitter to receive.”

“So it seems,” he said. “But let us not be overthrown at the final test, who of old renounced the Movie and the Web. In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the Chapters of the Week, and beyond them is more than memory, Farewell!"

But who knows — I reckon there may be more chapters to fill the newsgroups ‘until the present mystery [has] been thoroughly discussed.’

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