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Hall of Fire this weekend: Aragorn as Thorongil


Late in the Third Age, Aragorn served in the armies of King Thengel of Rohan (Théoden’s father) and of Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor (father of Denethor). To conceal his identity, he used the pseudonym “Thorongil”.

This Saturday at 6pm ET in the Hall of Fire, we’ll be chatting about this period of Aragorn’s life.

Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: fan-film The Hunt for Gollum

This Saturday at 6pm ET Hall of Fire will be chatting about the 2009 Middle-earth fan-film The Hunt for Gollum.

Directed by Chris Bouchard, The Hunt for Gollum is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of Aragorn son of Arathorn, and his pursuit of the creature Gollum at the behest of Gandalf the Grey. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: Fingolfin


This weekend (Saturday December 12 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be chatting about the Noldorin elf often often considered the antithesis of Fëanor — his half-brother, Fingolfin.

Fëanor was the mightiest in skill of word and of hand, more learned than his brothers; his spirit burned as a flame. Fingolfin was the strongest, the most steadfast, and the most valiant. Finarfin was the fairest, and the most wise of heart…

Fingolfin — High King of the Noldor (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

The Unexpected Booklet project releases Battle of the Five Armies EE fan booklet

UnexpectedBookletTrilogy The journey is now finally over, with the Special Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies available on DVD and BluRay. However, some fans still hold a small grudge: once again, there is no booklet included in either of the multiple versions of BOTFA EE.

If you recall the times of The Lord of the Rings SEE: each box contained a beautiful little book with parchment-like pages which not only contained stylish pencil sketches by John Howe and Alan Lee, but also held some useful information. Not only was there a chapter list with new and extended scenes specifically pointed out; there was also a navigation help through tons of the bonus materials structured in complex tree-like submenus. Even the BluRay version of LOTR SEE still contained these booklets. Not The Hobbit, however. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire this weekend: Feanor, Spirit of Fire

This weekend (Saturday November 21 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be discussing the life and achievements of that most talented (and, perhaps, most-troubled) of elves, Fëanor.

Here once was light, that the Valar begrudged to Middle-earth, but now dark levels all. Shall we mourn here deedless for ever, a shadow-folk, mist-haunting, dropping vain tears in the thankless sea? Or shall we return to our home?

In Cuiviénen sweet ran the waters under unclouded stars, and wide lands lay about, where a free people might walk. There they lie still and await us who in our folly forsook them.

Come away! Let the cowards keep this city!

Fëanor, the Spirit of Fire (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Istari

This weekend (Saturday November 14 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be going wizarding as we examine the nature of those who were sent to Middle-earth to oppose Sauron — the Istari.

Wizard is a translation of Quenya istar (Sindarin ithron): one of the members of an “order” (as they call it), claiming to possess, and exhibiting, eminent knowledge of the history and nature of the World.

The translation (through suitable in its relation to “wise” and other ancient words of knowing, similar to that of istar in Quenya) is not perhaps happy, since Heren Istarion or “Order of Wizards” was quite distinct from “wizards” and “magicians” of later legend; they belonged solely to the Third Age and then departed, and none save maybe Elrond, Círdan and Galadriel discovered of what kind they were or whence they came. (Unfinished Tales)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Sons of Feanor

The seven sons of Fëanor — Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod and Amras. Famous, or notorious, in Tolkien’s stories — depending on your view. This weekend, they’re our topic in Hall of Fire.

[Feanor’s] seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches. They swore an oath which none shall break, and none should take, by the name even of Ilúvatar, calling the Everlasting Dark upon them if they kept it not…

The seven sons of Fëanor (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit chapter 19

In the Hall of Fire, we’ve reached the end of our chapter-by-chapter read-through of The Hobbit. This weekend we’ll discuss the final chapter, touching on the return journey, the interlude in Rivendell, the final division of the troll hoard and the domestic chaos that Bilbo discovers on his return.

“It was on May the First that the two came back at last to the brink of the valley in Rivendell…”

The Hobbit: Chapter 19: The Last Stage (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit chapter 18

This weekend, TORn’s Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit for the penultimate chapter of our read-through as Tolkien wraps up his tale with more poetry and pathos than one would expect in a “children’s tale.”

“Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it semms a very gloomy business.”

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Hall of Fire this weekend: why did Frodo accept the Ring Quest?

This weekend, Hall of Fire will be examining the reasons that may have motivated Frodo to accept the Ring Quest.

`I will take the Ring,’ he said, `though I do not know the way.’

Why did Frodo accept the Ring Quest? (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Cirdan the Shipwright

This weekend, Hall of Fire examines an elf of Middle-earth whose name is quite well-known yet whose history, and mission, remains comparatively opaque by comparison — Cirdan the Shipwright.

“As they came to the gates Círdan the Shipwright came forth to greet them. Very tall he was, and his beard was long, and he was grey and old, save that his eyes were keen as stars; and he looked at them and bowed, and said “All is now ready.”

Cirdan the Shipwright (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit Chapter 16

This weekend Hall of Firte resumes discussing The Hobbit with a key chapter.

“The treasure is likely to be your death, though the dragon is no more!”

The Hobbit Chapter 16: A Thief in the Night (more…)

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