Hall of Fire this weekend: your favourite Middle-earth hero
In Tolkien’s Middle-earth, heroism appears in all shapes and sizes. But who is your favourite? And why?
Those are the questions we’ll be asking today at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire.
‘But if you take it freely, I will say that your choice is right; and though all the mighty elf-friends of old, Hador, and Húrin, and Túrin, and Beren himself were assembled together your seat should be among them.’
Elrond half-elven to Frodo Baggins.
Is it someone charismatic like Aragorn? A level-headed mastermind like Elrond? Or someone more forthright like Boromir or Éowyn?
Perhaps you prefer the doomed type: Túrin or Feanor? What about Sam the Everyman or the more happy-go-lucky Bilbo? Or the self-sacrificial heroism of Frodo?
Maybe you’re attracted to the grafting heroism of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes: Galadriel, Gandalf?
Join us at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire when we’ll be chatting about our favourite heroes, and what makes us like them most.
Alan Lee’s illustration of The Council of Elrond.
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.
6.00pm EDT (New York)
5.00pm CDT (Chicago)
4.00pm MDT (Denver)
3.00pm PDT (Los Angeles)
11.00pm BST (London)
Midnight CEST (Paris)
1.00am EEST (Helsinki)
8.00am AEST (Sunday) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
10.00am NZST (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. It is based on internet relay chat technology (that means it’s hella old skool). It’s a text-only, moderated chat room full of eccentric Tolkien fans. We’re open 24/7 (although some times are busier and more active than others).
There are many ways to connect to the chat server. However, the easiest is generally to use a browser-based client. We usually direct folks to Mibbit:
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