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Hall of Fire this weekend: Gildor Inglorien

This weekend in TORn’s Hall of Fire, we’ll be chatting about one of the more obscure elves of The Lord of the Rings: Gildor Inglorien.

‘I am Gildor,’ answered their leader, the Elf who had first hailed him. ‘Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod. We are Exiles, and most of our kindred have long ago departed and we too are now only tarrying here a while, ere we return over the Great Sea. But some of our kinsfolk dwell still in peace in Rivendell. Come now, Frodo, tell us what you are doing? For we see that there is some shadow of fear upon you.’

Gildor Inglorien: proto-typical high elf? (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit Chapter 15

“Under the Mountain dark and tall, The King has come unto his hall! His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread, And ever so his foes shall fall.”

This weekend, Hall of Fire returns to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Hobbit with Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds. Be sure to join us in our live chat on Saturday August 22 at 6pm EDT (New York time).

“And ever so his foes shall fall” … or so the Dwarves think. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: Tolkien’s orcs and goblins

Tolkien’s orcs and goblins. What are they? Where do they come from? What is their nature? Where do they go? Do they even really have personalities or a will of their own?

These are just a few of the questions we’ll be asking in Hall of Fire this Saturday at 6pm EDT.

“[Orc] occurs in one or two places but is usually translated goblin (or hobgoblin for the larger kinds). Orc is the hobbits’ form of the name given at that time to these creatures.” Tolkien’s preface to The Hobbit.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit: Fire and Water

Tomorrow, (6pm EDT New York time) Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit as we delve into the events of Chapter 14: “Fire and Water”.

“The dragon is coming or I am a fool!” he cried. “Cut the bridges! To arms! To arms!”

The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat later today: Morgoth

Later today (at 6pm EDT New York time) Hall of Fire will be chatting about the first and most powerful of Ilúvatar’s Ainur — the angelic spirit that would become most well-known as Morgoth.

“I am the Elder King: Melkor, first and mightiest of the Valar, who was before the world, and made it. The shadow of my purpose lies upon Arda, and all that is in it bends slowly and surely to my will.

But upon all whom you love my thought shall weigh as a cloud of Doom, and it shall bring them down into darkness and despair. Wherever they go, evil shall arise. Whenever they speak, their words shall bring ill counsel.

Whatsoever they do shall turn against them. They shall die without hope, cursing both life and death.”
Narn I Hin Hurin: The Words of Hurin and Morgoth.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat today: The Hobbit: Not at Home

Later today (at 6pm EDT New York time) Hall of Fire will be discussing the next chapter of The Hobbit as Thorin and Co. venture deep into the heart of The Lonely Mountain.

Little they ate and little they spoke. They could not count the passing of time; and they scarcely dared to move, for the whisper of their voices echoed and rustled in the tunnel.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire tomorrow: The Nazgul: Masters and Slaves

Middle-earth abounds in characters both creepy and gruesome; Gollum, Shelob, trolls and orcs. But, arguably, none inspire the shivers quite like the 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 tomorrow: The Hobbit chapter 12: Inside Information

Tomorrow (or later today, for some of us), Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit as we delve into the events of Chapter 12 — “Inside Information”.

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire tomorrow: The Hobbit chapter 11: on the doorstep

This Saturday at 6pm EDT (New York time), we’ll be resuming our regular chapter discussions of The Hobbit in Hall of Fire, joining Thorin and Company as they finally reach their destination — the Lonely Mountain.

“They were at the end of their journey, but as far as ever, it seemed, from the end of their quest.”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: A Warm Welcome

This Saturday at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire we’ll return to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Hobbit with Chapter 10 — A Warm welcome.

“Thag you very buch.”

The Hobbit Chapter 10 — A Warm Welcome

Thanks to Bilbo, Thorin and company have escaped from the dungeons of the Elf-king of Mirkwood. But to what end? Do the dwarves finally consider Bilbo a worthy member of their company? (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: Barrels out of Bond

This weekend in The Hall of Fire we’ll return to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Hobbit with Chapter 9 — Barrels out of Bond.

Bilbo saw that the time had come to explain his idea, as far as he could; but he did not feel at all sure bow the dwarves would take it. His fears were quite justified, for they did not like it a bit, and started grumbling loudly in spite of their danger.

“We shall be bruised and battered to pieces, and drowned too, for certain!” they muttered. “We thought you had got some sensible notion, when you managed to get hold of the keys. This is a mad idea!”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

One does not simply fly into Mordor

Hobbit Eagle There’s always a great deal of amusement and comic humour to be derived from the Eagle-sized problem in The Lord of the Rings.

But as even newbie Tolkien readers understand: Eagles — they’re not a taxi service.

Of course, Tolkien himself was well-aware of the potential of Eagles to derail suspension of disbelief. Here, Benita J. Prins outlines just a few reasons why “one does not simply fly into Mordor”. (For a slightly different, but related, “you must earn your happy ending” perspective, I also recommend this feature by Gibbelins over on io9.)

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Two Towers