RE: [FullCircleSacramento] Hobbit study questions
My daughter found this.....what a fun thing! Randee
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:44:47 +0000
Subject: [FullCircleSacramento] Hobbit study questionsHello all,
The first meeting is Sunday, March 10 from 4 to 6 at the Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave.
I have adapted some study questions for the group to consider. You may use these to keep focused at your first meeting.
Unfortunately, the Tolkien discussion meeting is the same afternoon as Central's Notable Books event featuring Swift's Gulliver's Travels, which will run from 3 to 4:30. Speak up if you don't want to have to choose between them, and would prefer to cancel the March meeting.
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again Questions
(adapted from Shmoop.com)
1.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?
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?