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Full Circle Sacramento

Discussion group of JRR Tolkien. Fellowship of the Ring Part 2. We are reading and discussing the second half of the book. Join us as we work our way through the Lord of the Rings and other works by the original master of fantasy literature! Look for us on the second floor of the central library.

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  • ralph m.

    Questions for Full Circle Sacramento
    Fellowship of the Rings part 2
    The Council of Elrond is my favorite chapter of the book, maybe the series. Yet I’ve learned that it is the “make it or break it” section of the series. I’ve spoken to several people over the years that have told me the got to this chapter and quit. Left Tolkien’s work never to return. How do you feel about The Council of Elrond?

    July 25, 2013

  • ralph m.

    The Ring Goes South is another great opportunity to play “What if?”.
    In this chapter it is revealed the Elrond is leaning towards rounding out the fellowship with a couple more elves before Merry and Pippin pipe up (with surprising support from Gandalf).
    The thought of two more elves in the fellowship sends my mind reeling. And not just any elves. Look who is present at this council meeting. None other than Glorfindel. Glorfindel is a card-carrying bad-ass in Middle Earth. He helped rout Angmar in a previous age. He claimed earlier he can take out half of the Nazgul single-handed, and then does it at the ford.
    What if two more elves were in the Fellowship instead of Merry and Pippin. Carry that through to the end of the series.
    What other choices could have been made for the Fellowship and where would they have led?

    July 25, 2013

  • ralph m.

    In chapter 5, A Journey in the Dark we see the tactical power of the Fellowship when they make quick work of an attack by wargs. This is quite a contrast to the dwarves in The Hobbit which were chased by a similar enemy and fled to the trees. So here’s another What if game? What if the Fellowship had gone toe to toe against the Orcs of the White Hand? Even without Gandalf would they have won? What would have become of the direction they took then and what impact on Gondor?
    I’ve always found Galadriel to be one of the most frighteningly power entities in the book because of the end of this chapter. It is one of the most powerful scenes in the book and one that Peter Jackson did amazingly well in the movie.

    July 25, 2013

  • ralph m.

    There is a lot of magic power thrown around in the second half of the Fellowship of the Ring. Faramir and Boromir are drawn to Rivendell by magical dreams. Gandalf and the Balrog engage in a magical battle of spells and counter spells before their face-off at the bridge. And Galadriel can read minds and tell fortunes. Even Aragorn seems to have some magical abilities described here and there. So magic isn’t all in the wizards of Middle Earth. What do you think of the magic as found in Middle Earth?
    The chapter Farewell to Lorien is my least favorite of all the series I think. Why? Because it really is the longest goodbye! First is the boats. Then sing them a song. Next a meal. Then some advice that is really not advice at all. And then a parting drink. And then, (finally!) parting gifts. Let’s talk about your least favorite chapter of the series (if you have one).

    July 25, 2013

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