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Hall of Fire chat this Saturday: The Pyre of Denethor

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire will be looking at moral dilemnas as we examine our next chapter of The Return of the King — the Pyre of Denethor.

‘…I am frightened. Something terrible may happen up there. The Lord is out of his mind, I think. I am afraid he will kill himself, and kill Faramir too. Can’t you do something?’

Gandalf looked through the gaping Gate, and already on the fields he heard the gathering sound of battle. He clenched his hand. ‘I must go ‘ he said. ‘The Black Rider is abroad, and he will yet bring ruin on us. I have no time.’

‘But Faramir!’ cried Pippin. ‘He is not dead, and they will burn him alive, if someone does not stop them.’

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Hall of Fire chat this weekend: who are the Drúedain?

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire examines one of Tolkien’s more mysterious creations — the Drúedain. If you’re somewhat mystified as to who these people are, the name Ghân-buri-Ghân (who appears to help the Rohirrim in The Return of the King) may ring a few bells.

There sat Théoden and Éomer, and before them on the ground sat a strange squat shape of a man, gnarled as an old stone, and the hairs of his scanty beard straggled on his lumpy chin like dry moss. He was short-legged and fat-armed, thick and stumpy, and clad only with grass about his waist. (more…)

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Hall of Fire chat topic this Saturday. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, we return to our chapter chats, focusing on the battle of the Pelennor Fields — the greatest battle of the Third Age. Theoden and his household knights engage and destroy the cavalry of the Haradrim, while others of his host overwhelm those orcs closest to the walls of Minas Tirith.

But it was no orc-chieftain or brigand that led the assault upon Gondor. The darkness was breaking too soon, before the date that his Master had set for it: fortune had betrayed him for the moment, and the world had turned against him; victory was slipping from his grasp even as he stretched out his hand to seize it.

But his arm was long. He was still in command, wielding great powers. King, Ringwraith, Lord of the Nazgûl, he had many weapons. He left the Gate and vanished.

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Hall of Fire topic this Saturday. Denethor and Théoden: a study in contrasts

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET Hall of Fire will be examining two of the key characters of Return of the King: Denethor and Théoden.

‘Be careful of your words, Master Peregrin! This is no time for hobbit pertness. Théoden is a kindly old man. Denethor is of another sort, proud and subtle, a man of far greater lineage and power, though he is not called a king.’

Denethor and Théoden: a study in contrasts (more…)

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Hall of Fire topic this Saturday. ROTK Book V Ch V: The Ride of the Rohirrim

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire resumes chapter discussions as we examine the events of The Ride of the Rohirrim.

The Rohirrim — secretly accompanied by a very unwanted-feeling Merry — discover the road to Minas Tirith is barred by a strong force of orcs. (more…)

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Hall of Fire topic this Saturday. Your expectations for the Hobbit: There and Back Again

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire turns to examine Peter Jackson’s next (and almost certainly final) Middle-earth movie.

“At the end of the day I just want to entertain people and get them to come along to the movies.” Peter Jackson at the Desolation of Smaug live event. November 2013.

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Hall of Fire Return of the King chat this Saturday: The Siege of Gondor

Barliman's Chat Gondor is under seige and cut off from its allies as the forces of Sauron swarm Minas Tirith. Can the city hold?

‘Nay,’ they said, ‘not if the Nameless One himself should come, not even he could enter here while we yet live.’ But some answered: ‘While we yet live? How long? He has a weapon that has brought low many strong places since the world began. Hunger. The roads are cut. Rohan will not come.’

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Hall of Fire Return of the King chat this weekend: The Muster of Rohan

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire continues on with the Return of the King, exploring the events of The Muster of Rohan.

‘Hail Lord of the Rohirrim, friend of Gondor!’ he said. ‘Hirgon I am, errand-rider of Denethor, who bring you this token of war. Gondor is in great need. Often the Rohirrim have aided us, but now the Lord Denethor asks for all your strength and all your speed; lest Gondor fall at last.’

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Hall of Fire Return of the King chapter chat tomorrow: The Passing of the Grey Company

Barliman's Chat Tomorrow (Saturday) at 5pm ET, Hall of Fire rejoins the action of the Return of the King. Events are moving quickly -– Sauron is on the move, and the muster of Rohan must occur soon if Minas Tirith is to survive.

[Aragorn] looked up, and it seemed that he had made some decision; his face was less troubled. “Then, by your leave, lord, I must take new counsel for myself and my kindred. We must ride our own road, and no longer in secret. For me the time of stealth has passed. I will ride east by the swiftest way, and I will take the Paths of the Dead.’

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Hall of Fire Return of the King chapter chat tomorrow: Minas Tirith

Barliman's Chat Tomorrow (Saturday) at 5pm ET, in our weekly Hall of Fire chats we’ll be cracking open the first chapter of The Return of the King and joining Gandalf and Pippin as they ride through the night toward Minas Tirith.

As they ride, the beacons of Gondor summon Rohan to aid the city.

‘Mithrandir! Mithrandir!’ men cried. ‘Now we know that the storm is indeed nigh!’
‘It is upon you,’ said Gandalf. ‘I have ridden on its wings. Let me pass! I must come to your Lord Denethor, while his stewardship lasts. Whatever betide, you have come to the end of the Gondor that you have known. Let me pass!’

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Hall of Fire chat tomorrow: did Jackson break the fanbase?

Barliman's Chat Disagreement and argument is inevitable in any fandom. However, there’s a point where the disgreements become so vehement, and the positions of the sides so entrenched that constructive debate becomes impossible.

At that point you have what media and fandom wiki TV Tropes calls a Broken (Fan)Base.

This is the topic that we’ll be examining tomorrow in The Hall of Fire: is the Tolkien/Lord of the Rings fanbase irretrievably broken, and did Peter Jackson break it with The Hobbit? (more…)

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Hall of Fire Two Towers chat today: Shelob’s Lair

Barliman's Chat This weekend at 5pm ET Sunday, Hall of Fire resumes Two Towers chapter chats with the penultimate chapter of Book IV — Shelob’s Lair.

‘This is the way in,’ said Gollum softly. ‘This is the entrance to the tunnel.’ He did not speak its name: Torech Ungol, Shelob’s Lair. Out of it came a stench, not the sickly odour of decay in the meads of Morgul, but a foul reek, as if filth unnameable were piled and hoarded in the dark within.

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