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Hall of Fire begins chatting The Hobbit today!

Barliman's Chat “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

It’s one of literature’s most famous opening lines. The hobbit Bilbo Baggins is smoking a pipe and minding his own business when Gandalf the wizard arrives, offering adventure.

The Hobbit Ch 1: An Unexpected Party (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Characters, Hall of Fire, Hobbit Book, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire chat today: share what Tolkien means to you

Barliman's Chat J. R. R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State in South Africa. If he was still alive, today he would be 123 years old — and fast catching up on The Old Took!

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?”

— Frodo about Bilbo in The Fellowship of the Ring.

What Tolkien and his works mean to you (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Hall of Fire chat today: The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

Barliman's Chat It resides mostly in Appendix A of Lord of the Rings, yet the story it tells reveals key parts of Aragorn’s character in The Lord of the Rings.

It is, of course, The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen — our Hall of Fire topic for later today.

‘For a moment Aragorn gazed in silence, but fearing that she would pass away and never be seen again, he called to her crying, Tinúviel, Tinúviel! even as Beren had done in the Elder Days long ago.

Then the maiden turned to him and smiled, and she said: “Who are you? And why do you call the by that name?” (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Today’s chat in The Hall of Fire: The Grey Havens

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 5pm ET, we’ll be turning our attention back to The Return of the King in The Hall of Fire as we examine the very last chapter of the novel: The Grey Havens.

One evening Sam came into the study and found his master looking very strange. He was very pale and his eyes seemed to see things far away.
‘What’s the matter, Mr. Frodo?’ said Sam.
‘I am wounded,’ he answered, ‘wounded; it will never really heal.’
But then he got up, and the turn seemed to pass, and he was quite himself the next day. It was not until afterwards that Sam recalled that the date was October the sixth. Two years before on that day it was dark in the dell under Weathertop.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat topic today: Saruman!

Barliman's Chat A little later today, at 5pm ET, Hall of Fire will be talking about the great Istari Saruman.

“And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman the Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat log: breaking down the Five Armies trailer scene by scene

Barliman's Chat A little earlier today, Hall of Fire took a detour into movie-land to pull apart the brand-new trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies.

If you missed the discussion, or found the messy first hour very frustrating (sorry about that, it was unusually difficult to direct discussion), then here’s the log from the final two once we got a system going and started analysing what Peter Jackson put in front of us scene by scene.

Hope you find it illuminating.

Oh, and usual warning for movie spoilers over the page!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer

Hall of Fire today: Hobbit Five Armies trailer chat!

Barliman's Chat Today at 5pm ET (note the time switch because of DST changes) the Hall of Fire will be detouring from our regular book chats back into movie-land as we head into spoiler territory and pull apart the new trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies in what’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening discussion.

Saruman: Leave Sauron to me.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer chat and analysis! (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: your favourite Middle-earth villain!

Barliman's Chat A couple of weeks ago we discussed our Middle-earth heroes on the Hall of Fire. So I thought, why not focus on villains too?

So this Saturday at 6pm we’ll be asking today the question: who is your favourite villain, and why?

“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. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

This weekend in The Hall of Fire: Homeward Bound

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, we’ll be turning our attention back to The Return of the King in The Hall of Fire as the hobbits embark on the final leg of their journey back to The Shire.

‘There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?’

The Return of the King: Book VI, Chapter VII: Homeward Bound

Gandalf and the Hobbits finally reach Bree after a long but uneventful journey. There they find Butterbur largely unchanged… but the news is that things just aren’t quite right in this part of Middle-earth. The companions don’t stay long; they’re anxious to return to The Shire and get to the bottom of things. Frodo also realises that, regardless, The Shire will never again be the same for him. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: your favourite Middle-earth hero

Barliman's Chat In Tolkien’s Middle-earth, heroism appears in all shapes and sizes. But who is your favourite? And why?

Those are the questions we’ll be asking today at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire.

‘But if you take it freely, I will say that your choice is right; and though all the mighty elf-friends of old, Hador, and Húrin, and Túrin, and Beren himself were assembled together your seat should be among them.’
Elrond half-elven to Frodo Baggins.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this Saturday: Many Partings

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire rejoins our four heroic Hobbits as they begin the long journey home to the Shire.

‘I know what you have come to say, Frodo: you wish to return to your own home. Well, dearest friend, the tree grows best in the land of its sires; but for you in all the lands of the West there will ever be a welcome. And though your people have had little fame in the legends of the great, they will now have more renown than any wide realms that are no more.’ (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this Saturday: the nature of Hobbit resistance to the Rings of Power

Barliman's Chat Throughout its history, the One Ring comes to different people of many races. It tempts them all, preying on their individual weaknesses and ambitions. Some fall to its lure, some fear even to touch it. Yet two small Hobbits carry the Ring all the way to the heart of Mordor.

Thus, an interesting question arises: were Hobbits in general more resistant to the One Ring? And, if so, why?

More, does this extend to all the rings of power that the Noldor of Eregion forged in the Second Age? (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire