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Hall of Fire Return of the King chat this Saturday: The Siege of Gondor

February 27, 2014 at 6:46 am by Demosthenes  - 

Barliman's Chat Gondor is under seige and cut off from its allies as the forces of Sauron swarm Minas Tirith. Can the city hold?

‘Nay,’ they said, ‘not if the Nameless One himself should come, not even he could enter here while we yet live.’ But some answered: ‘While we yet live? How long? He has a weapon that has brought low many strong places since the world began. Hunger. The roads are cut. Rohan will not come.’

The Return of the King – Book V, Chapter IV: The Siege of Gondor

Through the eyes of Pippin, we see the dissension between Gondor’s leaders, the distrust between Denethor and Gandalf, and the rift between Denethor and his son, Faramir. We witness the growing despair that sweeps the city as Sauron’s hordes cross the great river and lay seige to Minas Tirith.

Whether you want to discuss objects such as Grond and the Great Gate of Minas Tirith, Tolkien’s vivid descriptions of war, or the sharp mental disintegration of Denethor the Steward, this chapter provides fascinating discussion points.

Join us this Saturday at 5pm ET in the Hall of Fire for what’s sure to be a lively discussion!

Upcoming discussions:

March 8: What would you like to see included or omitted from Peter Jackson’s final Hobbit film? What needs to be cut, and what must stay? Why? Can the award-winning director round out his Middle-earth adventures with a critical, fan and box-office success?
March 15: ROTK Book 5 Chapter 5: The Ride of the Rohirrim

Time zone conversions

Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help. Alternatively, check our handy Event Announcer over on Time and Date for the correct time in your area.

America:
5.00pm EST (New York)
4.00pm CST (Chicago)
3.00pm MST (Denver)
2.00pm PST (Los Angeles)

Europe:
10.00pm GMT (London)
11.00pm CST (Paris)
Midnight EEST (Helsinki)

Asia-Pacific
8.00am AEST (Sunday) Brisbane
9.00am AEDT (Sunday) Sydney, Melbourne
11.00am NZDT (Sunday) Wellington

How long do your topic chats go for?

Our chats usually last from an hour to ninety minutes, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation! However, our main room, #theonering.net is open 24 hours a day. We don’t always talk Tolkien there, but if you have a burning question, you’ll usually find one or two of “the regulars” up for a chat!

Where — connection details

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on irc.theonering.net — the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our embedded Mibbit client that works inside your web browser.

Alternatively, you can install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer and just plug in the following connection details.

Server: irc.theonering.net
Port: 6667
Channel: #thehalloffire

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire on February 27, 2014 by

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