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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…)

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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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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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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…)

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TORn to explore subscription-based business model

In a big shake-up for the largest fansite of the author J. R. R. Tolkien, TheOneRing.net (TORn) founders have announced they are about to begin beta-testing a subscription service to better align with the business model of Amazon.com for the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series: a “TORn-Prime,” if you will.

“It’s something we’ve been working toward for a while because we want to continue to deliver a top-class website that services the fans of Tolkien,” says TORn’s new spokesperson, Sarah Mcleod. “We will roll out a beta test with our message boards, then evaluate a model for the entire site.” While the timeline is still under discussion, preliminary plans are for Barliman’s chat and the Home Page to begin offering premium subscriptions during the June-August, 2018 time-frame. The once-popular Green Books will also be revived for premium subscribers.

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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…)

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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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The Hall of Fire chat this weekend: Fog on the Barrow Downs

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire rejoins the four Hobbits on the Barrows Downs as we resume our Fellowship of the Ring read-through.

‘Splendid!’ said Frodo. ‘If we make as good going this afternoon as we have done this morning, we shall have left the Downs before the Sun sets and be jogging on in search of a camping place.’

FoTR Book 1, Chapter 7: Fog on the Barrow-Downs

Unfortunately for the four, dense fog closes in while they nap after lunch by an ancient standing stone on a bare hill. They lose each other in the clammy, misty conditions and fall into deadly peril when a Barrow-wight captures them. (more…)

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The Hall of Fire this weekend: The House of Tom Bombadil

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm EST, Hall of Fire returns to the Fellowship of The Ring as the hobbits take refuge in the house of Tom Bombadil and try to put their horror encounter with Old Man Willow behind them.

“I kept [Tom] in, and as he was, because he represents certain things otherwise left out.” — JRR Tolkien, Letter 153.

FoTR Book 1, Chapter 7: The House of Tom Bombadil

Tom’s wife, Goldberry, moves Frodo in a way similar to that of the Elves, but in a homier, less rarefied fashion. Frodo asks Goldberry who Tom is, and she replies mysteriously that Tom is “master of wood, water and hill.” (more…)

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The Hall of Fire this weekend: A Conspiracy Unmasked!

Barliman's Chat This Saturday, Hall of Fire returns to the Fellowship of The Ring as the hobbits — momentarily free of the Black Riders — finally arrive at Frodo’s new home in Crickhollow.

“Now we had better get home ourselves,” said Merry. “There’s something funny about all this, I see; but it must wait till we get in.”

FoTR Book 1, Chapter 5: A Conspiracy Unmasked (more…)

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The Hall of Fire this weekend: the Hunt for the Ring

Barliman's Chat
This weekend, Hall of Fire turns to Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales as we discuss the events revealed in The Hunt for the Ring.

At length [Sauron] resolved that no others would serve him in this case but his mightiest servants, the Ringwraiths, who had no will but his own, being each utterly subservient to the ring that had enslaved him, which Sauron held.

The Hunt for the Ring (more…)

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The Hall of Fire this weekend: a shortcut to mushrooms

Barliman's Chat This Saturday, Hall of Fire rejoins Frodo, Sam and Pippin on the road to Bucklebury Ferry as we return to our chapter-by-chapter read-through of Fellowship of The Ring.

“That settles it!” said Frodo. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones. At all costs we must keep you away from the Golden Perch. We want to get to Bucklebury before dark.”

FoTR Book 1, Chapter 4: A Shortcut to Mushrooms

In the morning, Gildor and his company of elves are gone. Frodo decides the road is too dangerous, and heads cross-country instead. (more…)

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