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Hall of Fire chat tomorrow: A Journey in the Dark

Barliman's Chat Unable to climb through the violent billzard on Caradhras, the members of the Fellowship are forced to seek an alternative path. The can’t go over the Misty Mountains. They can’t go around. They reluctantly decide that they must go under. They must enter Moria.

This weekend — Saturday June 9 — the Hall of Fire resumes as we take A Journey in the Dark.

‘Then we must go on, if there is a way,’ said Frodo with a sigh. Sam sank back into gloom.

‘There is a way that we may attempt,’ said Gandalf. ‘I thought from the beginning, when first I considered this journey, that we should try it. But it is not a pleasant way…’

Book II, Chapter IV: A Journey In The Dark (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Read 15 Nazgûl facts

Last weekend, Hall of Fire hosted a chat about the Ringwraiths — Sauron’s most-trusted, and most-feared servants.

Doing some reading beforehand, I stumbled upon this excellent little summary of the Nazgûl over on Screerant. It did seem a bit odd in my head to refer to them as “ghosts” (see fact 15), but I guess that’s in essence what they’ve become. I’ve reproduced their intro, but you can read the full list over on the Screenrant site. (more…)

Posted in Lord of the Rings

Hall of Fire chat tomorrow: The Ring Goes South

Barliman's Chat This weekend, we’re resuming our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire as the Fellowship sets out from Rivendell on the long journey to Mordor.

“Now the tale of Nine is filled. In seven days the company must depart.”

Book Two, Chapter Three: The Ring Goes South (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hoot twice like a barn-owl…

Ink drawing of an owl called Owlamoo. The picture was given to Tolkien’s son Michael, who had nightmares about the creature. Photograph: Tolkien Trust 1992 You may recall that, in The Hobbit, Thorin issues a very specific set of instructions as he despatches Bilbo to investigate the camp of the three trolls.

“You must go on and find out all about that light, and what it is for, and if all is perfectly safe and canny,” said Thorin to the hobbit. “Now scuttle off, and come back quick, if all is well. If not, come back if you can! It you can’t, hoot twice like a barn-owl and once like a screech-owl, and we will do what we can.”

Off Bilbo had to go, before he could explain that he could not hoot even once like any kind of owl any more than fly like a bat.

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Posted in Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Hall of Fire chat tomorrow. Nazgul: masters or slaves?

Barliman's Chat Middle-earth abounds in characters both creepy and gruesome; Gollum, Shelob, trolls and orcs. Arguably, none inspire the shivers quite like a Nazgûl.

Nine Rings he gave to Mortal Men, proud and great, and so ensnared them. Long ago they fell under the dominion of the One, and they became Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow, his most terrible servants.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chats FOTR this weekend: the Council of Elrond

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, we continue our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire with the second half of the Council of Elrond chapter.

At last with an effort he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice.

“I will take the Ring,” he said, “though I do not know the way.”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

The woods burst to life with tasty butterburs

Until I read this article the other week over on The Mainichi I never realised that butterburs — as in Barliman Butterbur — were a type of flower.

Specifically, it’s the name for some members of the Petasites genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family. (more…)

Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King

Walk into Mordor: ideal premise for a heist movie

“One does not simply walk into Mordor.”

This is great. Writer-comedian Stephan Krosecz (who I’ve been a fan of since his very amusing Abridgement ofthe first season of the Attack on Titan anime) observed that Boromir’s walk into Mordor monologue from Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring could make a great premise for a heist film.

So he went away and did it. Check it out, it’s very clever — love the music. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Parodies

Tolkien: a creator of worlds

It seems that, with those Tolkien biopics gradually approaching, more and more people are taking an interest in the biographical details of Tolkien’s life.

If that’s your thing, you might enjoy this pretty solid overview from Simon Whistler. (I didn’t know about the tarantula incident, for example, a minor controversy that you can get more background on over on Tolkien Gateway.)

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Tolkien

Hall of Fire chats FOTR this weekend: Many Meetings!

Barliman's Chat Awaking from a sickly sleep, Frodo finds finally himself in Rivendell — a place of relative safety. Much to his delight and relief, Gandalf is there too.

“What happened at the Ford?” said Frodo. “It all seemed so dim somehow; and it still does.”

“Yes, it would. You were beginning to fade,” answered Gandalf. “The wound was overcoming you at last. A few more hours and you would have been beyond our aid. But you have some strength in you, my dear hobbit!”

FoTR: Book Two, Chapter One — Many Meetings (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat this weekend: Flight to the Ford

Barliman's Chat This weekend, we resume our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire with Frodo still struggling toward the safety of Rivendell — and still pursued by Sauron’s minions.

With a great effort Frodo sat upright and brandished his sword.

‘Go back!’ he cried. ‘Go back to the Land of Mordor, and follow me no more!

FoTR: Book One, Chapter 12 — Flight to the Ford (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

The Hall of Fire chat this weekend: Strange as news from Bree?

Barliman's Chat This weekend in Hall of Fire we’re taking a quick diversion from our Fellowship of the Ring read-through to talk about a humble yet oddly important part of Middle-earth (and its peculiar inhabitants) — the village of Bree.

“Strange as News from Bree was still a saying in the Eastfarthing, descending from those days, when news from the North, South, and East could be heard in the inn.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire