Not all those who wander are lost.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Join other wanderers at the Tolkien Society of Kansas City. Not only do they love to discuss the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, they also are interested in promoting literacy in general in the Kansas City area. Now, my Precious geeklings, read on to learn more about them and their hobbit parties!
What is the name of your group?
Tolkien Society of Kansas City
What is your name and what is your role in the group?
Roberta Park, Chapter Head
How would you describe your group?
We are a book group that meets monthly at one of the many public libraries in KC, but usually Boardwalk Public Library. We are concerned with spreading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and also promoting literacy in the KC area.
When was the group founded?
March 24th, 2015
What made you want to found the group?
I really wanted to be a part of a chapter of the International Tolkien Society, but there wasn’t a chapter in KC. I contacted the international organization and found out that it was actually quite easy to start your own chapter! For me, I just want to talk about Tolkien with other fans and meet others with similar interests!
How big is the group?
About 10 people physically, quite a few more online on our Facebook group!
How often do you meet?
Where do you meet?
Boardwalk Public Library, although we are open to moving locations as necessary
What do you do at meetings?
Read and discuss the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, hobbit parties (we watch the film adaptations and discuss their differences while enjoying hobbit-y foods and drink!), library presentations bringing Tolkien’s works to the KC area.
What do you love about the group?
I love how open our members are to the idea of adaptation of the original source material but also how dedicated they are to the original works. It’s interesting to get fresh perspective on the books and also to read new material together.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
Probably my favorite moment was our very first hobbit party! We watched “The Fellowship of the Ring” after we had finished reading the book. Everyone brought food and drink and we spent the evening relaxing at a member’s house while discussing the source material. It was a great “geek night” for us!
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
We’re currently making plans to plant two trees in Penguin Park as well as erect a bench in the name of Professor Tolkien. It’s quite expensive to do so, so we’re discussing fundraising options for the group before we move toward the planting the trees hopefully next spring.
Where can someone find more information about your group?
Anything else you’d like to share?
We’re a very open and welcoming group! Come join us to talk about the Professor and learn more about the beginning of the modern fantasy genre as we know it! You can find out more about us on our Facebook group!
On a related note, the World War I Museum and Memorial is hosting a “Talking Tolkien: The Two Towers” event on July 29th. The event includes a presentation by Museum Archivist Jonathan Casey, offering a closer look at the influence of WWI on Tolkien’s writings, following by a free showing of the movie, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” Did I mention it’s FREE?? RSVP HERE.