Full Circle Sacramento: A Tolkien Reading Group

The first meeting of Full Circle Sacramento, a reading group for J.R.R. Tolkien, will be held at the Carmichael Library from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013.

The library is located at 5605 Marconi Ave. in Carmichael.

The group was started following the Sacramento Library's seven-part presentation on the works of Tolkien which ran from September to December 2012.

Recordings of some of those presentations can be found at http://www.saclibrary.org/About-Us/News/2012/December/Full-Circle-A-Special-Tolkien-Event/

Topics for this first meeting are still being discussed. Future meetings are so far scheduled for May 12 and June 30 at the library.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was at the Full Circle Sac meeting on Sunday and enjoyed it very much. It was a real treat to find others who are as passionate about Tolkien as I am. Looking forward to many more.

    March 13, 2013

  • ralph m.

    For a first meeting, it was pretty good. The discussion questions worked out well, better than I expected. And there were cookies! I was impressed with the level of knowledge. Our next meeting will be at 2 p.m. April 14 at Coffee Garden in Curtis Park. The Carmichael library is not available in April, but we will return there in May.

    March 11, 2013

  • Old B.

    Planning on it.

    March 7, 2013

  • ralph m.

    More discussion questions for this group

    3. The Hobbit has stayed alive in popular culture for many decades--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 novels or Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series? 4.Tolkien's goblins and elves seem to embody evil and good. It would appear to be impossible for a goblin to be good or an elf, evil. What do you think of the morals of this concept? Should genetics really have so much power over individual morality? 5.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?

    March 4, 2013

  • ralph m.

    Here are discussion questions for this meeting.
    Tolkien's work has been criticized for having basically no major women characters (except maybe Luthien Tinuviel, in the Silmarillion, which was published after Tolkien's death). This is particularly true in The Hobbit, where the only woman mentioned by name is Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took. How might Tolkien's tone and content change if he included a few lady hobbits, elves, or dwarves in this adventure? Why do you think he didn't include them?

    2.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. How does our current version of The Hobbit differ from Tolkien's later works? What effect does The Hobbit's style have on your reading experience of the novel?

    March 4, 2013

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