Ea Tolkien Society January 2017 Meeting Notes
Here are the Secretary's notes for the January meeting of the Ea Tolkien Society of the Inland Northwest.
Here is the video archive:
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6-faIX8uD0
Brian: [somebody please remind me the keyboard command for the umlaut a so I can type "ea" properly]
JANUARY 21, 2017
Smial at the domicile
Of our moderator and founder, Hawke Robinson
Spokane, WA 99218
1. Attended: Richard, Chris, Corey (welcome back Corey Newkirk), Hawke, and ye balding Secretary.
2. Chris read the December notes. *and there was much rejoicing*
--We discussed the reference to On Fairy Stories which Hawke had made last time
--We also advised that in the formal record, the December Notes be amended to say Letter 131.
3. Brian recommended Planet Narnia by Michael Ward to everyone as good insight on Tolkien's friend C.S. Lewis and his veiled references to the 7 planets of the medieval thought: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn... and how they relate to the 7 books of the Narnia Chronicles.
4. Discussion of The Golden Key.
5. Administrivia talking points from Hawke ("tolkiensociety" now on Google Groups) new email list. Recommended wiki for all things Tolkien-related is Tolkien Gateway (i.e. Michael Martinez article not allowed on Wikipedia.
6. We read about The Third Age in Tolkien's Letter 131.
--Discussion on the Necromancer
--the Istari: Gandalf vs. Saruman
--Tolkien here summarizes the relation of the Hobbit to the LOTR.
7. We discuss the issue of Tolkien's readability, and the difference one generation makes as we live "further" away from the time in which JRRT wrote. A very vigorous discussion on the topic of education!
8. onering.net gets away with LOTR read... (how can we read the Lord of the Rings out loud online without legal issues?)
9. We close the meeting of our smial and plan to meet again Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1-3 pm. Same hobbit-place, same hobbit-channel, reading Letters 132-133, another essay by Michael Martinez, and lots of lively discussion on the relevance of the themes raised to current events and our lives.