English 9 Regents: The Hobbit WebQuest (The Elves)

Welcome members of Elrond’s group!  You will need to collaborate on each of the following to complete your web quest.

Day 1:  Characterization

Each member must complete ONE of the following for Elrond’s character:

–  A physical description of Elrond (with hand-drawn, labeled picture based on textual information)

–  A two chunk paragraph with textual support describing the basic characteristics of elves

–  A two chunk paragraph with textual support describing two positive character traits of Elrond (use parenthetical documentation)

–  A two chunk paragraph with textual support describing two negative character traits of Elrond (use parenthetical documentation)

The Elves of Middle Earth  http://www.tuckborough.net/elves.html

The Encyclopedia of Arda: A Reference Guide to Tolkien    http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/default.asp?url=http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/m/middleearth.html

Day 2:  Creature Features

All members of the group will do the following:

Using the links below, find out all you can about Ents.  One person in your group will illustrate an Ent based on your findings (not the same artist for the characterization!).   The remaining members will EACH write a two chunk paragraph describing the various characteristics and habits of Ents.  Make sure to consult with one another so that you have different responses! 

Encyclopedia of Arda: Ents


Wikipedia: Ents  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ents

Day 3:  Specialties: Those merry creatures of the forest love music and dancing, but they are also master craftsmen.  No one stands a chance against an elven-sword!

Each member of your group will do ONE of the following:

– Celebrations: Select (or create) a holiday that would have been celebrated by Elves.  In three two-chunk paragraphs, describe the significance of the holiday as well as activities that all good Elves would engage in!

Celebrating the Seasons

*NOTE: this site lists ancient, earth-based holidays such as those that would probably have been celebrated in Middle Earth.  The information is for accuracy of the setting of the novel and is not intended to support or challenge any religious beliefs.  http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/PaganHolidays.html

– Archery:  Elves are known for their skill with a bow; even Odysseus would be envious!  After examining the links below, write at least three two-chunk body paragraphs (don’t forget an intro and a conclusion) about the history of archery.

Archery    http://www.archaeolink.com/history_of_archery.htm

Archery History   http://www.archeryhistory.com/index.php

A Shot in Time: A History of Archery  http://www.centenaryarchers.gil.com.au/history.htm

     – Swords/Weaponry:  Elves are also skillful makers of beautiful, strong swords.  Thorin’s Orcrist, Gandalf’s Glamdring and even Bilbo’s Sting are all elven-made swords.  Examine the links below, and then write at least three two-chunk body paragraphs (don’t forget an intro and a conclusion) about the history and process of sword-making.

Swords Making: Poof! You’re A Swordsmith!    http://www.anvilfire.com/FAQs/swords_faq_index.htm

Medieval Weaponry    http://www.palos118.org/South/curriculum/team6c/midages/weaponry/index.htm

     – Runes:  Elrond is very skillful at reading ancient runes.  Using the links below, research what runes are and how they were used as part of ancient written languages.  Then write at least three two-chunk body paragraphs (yes, you need an intro and a conclusion) about the history and use of runes.


Runes, Alphabet of Mystery  http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/

The Runic Journey  http://www.tarahill.com/runes/

Omniglot: A Guide to Written Language  http://www.omniglot.com/writing/runic.htm

Day 4:  Riddles and Songs

Each member of the group will do ALL of the following:

–  In Chapter 5, Gollum and Bilbo have a riddle contest deep in the underground tunnels of Misty Mountain.  Their riddles use clues and hints to try to describe a specific thing.

Read and, in a one-chunk paragraph, explain each of the following riddles from Bilbo and Gollum’s contest:

Voiceless it cries,

                         Wingless flutters,

                         Toothless bites,

                         Mouthless mutters.


                         An eye in a blue face

                        Saw an eye in a green face.

                        “That eye is like to this eye”

                        Said the first eye,

                        “But in a low place

                         Not in a high place.”

     –  Choose a common object and brainstorm as many qualities as you can about it.  Then, using rhyme, devise a four-lined to eight-lined riddle using the traits of the object that would stump even Bilbo! 

Looking at Riddle Formation  http://www.geocities.com/d_champions_hall/ezine/article2.htm

– The elves sure love to sing!  Re-read the songs of the elves of Rivendell and the wood-elves from The Hobbit listed below.  For each, summarize the message/central idea of the song and relate the idea to the elves.  Does each song support what we as readers know about the elves’ character?  What does each demonstrate about them?

– Define each of the following poetic terms and use them to analyze both of the elves’ songs: assonance, repetition, imagery, onomatopoeia, tone, structure, and rhyme scheme.  Demonstrate how these elements in his songs add to the characterization of the singers.

Glossary of Poetic Terms  http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display_rpo/poetterm.cfm

page 48-49

                                              page 183-184

Day 5:  Symbolic Objects/Tools

– Each member of your group must decide on a different specific object or tool that would best represent or support Elrond’s character.  For example, in The Odyssey, Athena’s wisdom could be represented by an owl.  While the members will draw each of the symbols on one collective poster, each individual will write a two-chunk paragraph explaining why the symbol is appropriate for Elrond.

Explore a World of Symbols  http://www.symbols.com/

Dictionary of Symbolism  http://www.umich.edu/~umfandsf/symbolismproject/symbolism.html/

–  Each member will select a different season of the year and write a two chunk paragraph that demonstrates how his/her particular season mirrors the journey of Bilbo Baggins.

Day 6:  Travel and Tourism: Rivendell

Each member will do ONE of the following:

After returning home, Bilbo raved so much about his wonderful treatment in Rivendell that travel and tourism to and from the elven area has been booming!  Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity to gain some capital, your group is compiling promotional information in order to attract visitors to come and spend their gold in Rivendell.

  –  Create an overall guidebook to Rivendell that includes:

* a detailed map of the region

* enticing reasons why Rivendell is the place for anyone’s next


* climate information

* transportation available

* quotations from previous visitors praising Rivendell

* coupons to local attractions, restaurants, and


–  Create a hotel brochure that includes:

* accommodations listings

* amenities

* prices

* promotional package deals

* what’s nearby to do/go to eat

– Create a restaurant menu that includes:

* appetizers, entrees, salads, soups, desserts with descriptions

* lunch/dinner specials

* background information about this family-run business

– Create a museum or recreation brochure that includes at least three “must see” attractions in Rivendell.

                  * what makes each attraction so special?

* prices

* special discounts

– Create a local newspaper’s sports section that describes various sporting events available in Rivendell.  Write at least one article reviewing a particular event that includes players’ names and some kinds of statistics.

Day 7:  Elrond’s Journal

Each member will do ALL of the following:

Each member of your group will create a series of journal responses for Elrond.  Do not merely write your responses on lined paper or type them on a word processor… neither of these would exist in Middle Earth.  Use your imagination and create a journal that would not look out of place in Elrond’s home. 


1. Each response must be at least 150 words in length. 

2. Each response must contain at least three appropriately used vocabulary words from the unit.

3. Each response must create an appropriate “voice” for Elrond.

Respond to each of the following:

     –  Elrond’s reaction to the arrival of the company in Rivendell

     –  Elrond’s thoughts about the moon runes

     –  Elrond’s view of the ancient conflict between the elves and the dwarves

     –  Elrond’s reaction after the company leaves Rivendell for Lonely Mountain

     –  Elrond’s reaction to the changes in Bilbo after the journey 


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