Long Forgotten Gold, the Arkenstone, and Smaug...
Today we traveled to the Lonely Mountain to find our long forgotten gold. Smaug was easily defeated and everyone got their fair share of the treasure (as stated on the contract they signed when they began the adventure).
Before our journey into the Lonely Mountain we had to battle more spiders, orcs, and goblins. Today Legolas and Tauriel the Elves joined us and helped Gandalf and Bilbo save people during the battle.
The treasure was full of gold, candy, and arkenstones for everyone. However, being around this much gold brings out greed and students were careful to not meet the same fate as Thorin's grandfather Thror who became obsessed with his treasure.
The arkenstones that the students found in the treasure were geodes. They used their mining skills and broke them open with hammers to reveal the crystals inside.
Watch a short clip of students breaking open their arkenstones.
Some chose to put their arkenstones into these interesting metal charm cages and wear them around their neck. Others glued theirs to projects or left them as is. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the treasure, finishing things up, and creating.
Gandalf: You'll have a tale or two to tell when you come back.
Bilbo Baggins: You can promise that I will come back?
Gandalf: No. And if you do, you will not be the same.