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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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.”


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!”


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.)


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

HobbitCon 3: the third time’s a charm

hc3articlelogo_en HobbitCon 3 took place just a couple weeks ago in Germany and our friends at Henneth-Annun were on-hand to get the low-down.

They’ve compiled an extensive English-language report on the three-day convention, as well as many quotes from Q&A panels featuring Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Sylvester McCoy, Lawrence Makaore, John Bell and more.

Don’t forget to click the link at the bottom to read the complete report.


HobbitCon 3: third time’s a charm!

by Peter “TheHutt” Klassen

I do remember the very first HobbitCon. When FedCon GmbH, the organizing company, announced a new convention during the RingCon 2012 dedicated exclusively to “The Hobbit”, with the participation of 11 dwarves from Thorin’s Company (although two of them cancelled later), I didn’t know what to think about it. That was even before the first movie from PJ’s second trilogy was released, and the dwarf actors were only known to us from the director’s video blogs. And in fact, the first HobbitCon proved to be a commercial failure, though it had a very pleasant and homely atmosphere.

IMG_1549 Luckily, the organizers didn’t give up, and the second HobbitCon fared much better than the first one. And now, after the third HobbitCon (christened by Mark Ferguson “HobbitCon DREI”, which is German for “three”) has passed, you can really tell that there was barely room to swing a cat. If the first HobbitCon had just 800 visitors during the weekend, the third one had 5500 guests from over 27 countries! The Maritim hotel in Bonn was bursting, and the amount of Fili & Kili cosplay couples was staggering.

Speaking objectively, the HobbitCon is a unique event in the whole world. International conventions usually work with several mixed genres, there are many different fandoms present at a convention, with each fandom represented by just one or two actors. These are giant commercial vehicles, with an airplane hangar-like atmosphere. The HobbitCon is very different. You do not need to stay in a line overnight to get into a Q&A panel hall. You can be partying in a bar and suddenly find yourself on the dance floor together with Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy or even Luke Evans. Of course it is not for free – but still, three days of positive emotions, homely atmosphere and the feeling that the movie actors have become your friends, are worth it.

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Posted in Conventions, Events, Graham McTavish, HobbitCon, John Bell, Ken Stott, Lawrence Makoare, Lawrence Makoare, Lord of the Rings, Luke Evans, Stephen Hunter, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, Tolkien, William Kircher

Lego Lord of the Rings parody: side by side with a friend

legoparody From Brotherhood Workshop, who brought us the reason Tom Bombadil wasn’t in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, here’s a new LEGO parody: Side by side with a friend. The punchline is great; the unexpected cameo even better.

Legolas and Gimli have a classic bromance. At least, that’s the way Legolas sees it.


Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Parodies

Hall of Fire chat this weekend. The Hobbit Ch 8: Flies and Spiders

Barliman's Chat We continue our chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Hobbit tomorrow in Hall of Fire as the Company — now minus Gandalf — embarks on its perilous journey through Mirkwood.

Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.

“I will give you a name,” he said to it, “and I shall call you Sting.”


Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Meet Ben Pitchford, builder of the 120,000-piece Lego Rivendell

LEGO Rivendell_16125000049_l A little while back, we featured a story on a 120,000 piece Lego replica of Weta’s rendition of Peter Jackson’s Rivendell from The Hobbit.

Here, the designer and builder — Ben Pitchford — chats with us about his enormous creation, and how Lego has since asked him to submit a smaller, potentially commerciable, version to their Lego Ideas site. (If you’d like to see it become a reality — it needs 10,000 supporters to move to the next stage and is already almost halfway there — then head over to Ben’s page on Lego Ideas and add your backing.) (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Headlines, LEGO