About The Southfarthing

The Tolkien Reading Group (Southampton UK), is also the Southfarthing smial. It has been running since 2005 and meets twice a month to discuss the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

We have read all the major works at least once in that time, and are now working through less familiar material including The Kalevala, The Ntion Club Papers, and The Book of Lost Tales.

The group has a number of ‘virtual’ members who live at such a distance that they cannot join us in person but nevertheless receive blog reports and send their comments when they wish to actively participate in discussions.

We occasionally follow the habit of hobbits and go out for a meal together, choosing dates consistent with Tolkien-related events such as the Professor’s Birthday, Tolkien Reading Day, Midsummer, and Yule.

N. B. Mathom is Old English for treasure

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