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1. Was it nice to read the book before watching the movie? I know some of you might not have read the book again, were you happy that you didn’t? And of course, what did we all think about the movie compared to the book?
2. Tolkien's work has been criticized for having basically no major women characters. This is particularly true in The Hobbit, where the only woman mentioned by name is Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took. Is this something that can still be considered an issue given the movies and modern strong female characters in other fantasy works?
3. In his two-volume book The History of the Hobbit, John Rateliff discusses Tolkien's failed efforts to revise The Hobbit to fit the tone and style of The Lord of the Rings in 1960. Have any of you read the Lord of the Rings? What effect does The Hobbit's style have on your reading experience of the novel? Did you enjoy the style of the Hobbit versus other fantasy books you’ve read?
4. We might cover this in the first questions, but should the movie have been split up as it is? Do you agree with where it ended? Did the movie include too much or too little of what you wanted to see from the book?
5. Although The Hobbit has stayed alive in popular culture for many decades, after all, the first edition appeared over seventy years ago! Are there elements of The Hobbit that seem dated, odd, or old-fashioned to you? Does The Hobbit read differently from more contemporary fantasy novels like the Harry Potter or other fantasy books you’ve read? Do you know of any other older or contemporary fantasy books that reads like the Hobbit?
6. Did you enjoy the morality/lessons in this book? Did you feel there was a cultural or philosophical message that Tolkien was trying to deliver? Are there any quotes you take away from the book? I’d ask all of you to pick out a quote that jumped out at you, but I’m just not that kind of book club organizer.
7. What elements of Tolkien's Middle-earth seem most popular in the fantasy literature that has grown up after Tolkien? How much of Tolkien's world would still look familiar to you if you had never read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings?