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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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Hall of Fire Two Towers chat today: The Journey to the Crossroads

Barliman's Chat Our chapter-by-chapter discussions on the middle installment of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings are coming to a close. Later today in Hall of Fire at 5pm EST we’ll be discussing the chapter that takes Frodo, Sam and Gollum to the edge of Ithilien as the Black Land itself broods and gathers its strength for some vast assault upon the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.

My scouts and watchers have all returned, even some that have crept within sight of the Morannon. They all find a strange thing. The land is empty. Nothing is on the road, and no sound of foot, or horn, or bowstring is anywhere to be heard. A waiting silence broods above the Nameless Land. I do not know what this portends. But the time draws swiftly to some great conclusion. Storm is coming.

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Hall of Fire Two Towers chat this Saturday: The Forbidden Pool

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 5pm EST, Hall of Fire resume Two Towers chapter chats with Frodo and Sam still with the Men of Gondor at Henneth Annun. Frodo’s own fate — and that of the Quest — remains undecided, yet he is summoned in the small hours of the morning by Faramir to discover that he must, himself, to decide the fate of another.

`The creature is wretched and hungry,’ said Frodo, `and unaware of his danger. And Gandalf, your Mithrandir, he would have bidden you not to slay him for that reason, and for others. He forbade the Elves to do so. I do not know clearly why, and of what I guess I cannot speak openly out here. But this creature is in some way bound up with my errand. Until you found us and took us, he was my guide.’

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Hall of Fire chat today: the Window on the West

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm EDT, Hall of Fire journeys to the hidden Gondorian fastness of Henneth Annûn with Frodo and Sam as we resume our Lord of the Rings chapter chats.

There, safe from the forces The Dark Lord, Captain Faramir tries to untangle the riddle of the strange halflings that have chanced into his territory, while Frodo and Sam attempt to keep their mission, and the true nature of Isildur’s Bane, secret.

Faramir smiled grimly. `Then you would grieve to learn that Boromir is dead? ‘
‘I would grieve indeed,’ said Frodo. Then catching the look in Faramir’s eyes, he faltered. ‘Dead?’ he said. ‘Do you mean that he is dead, and that you knew it? You have been trying to trap me in words, playing with me? Or are you now trying to snare me with a falsehood?’

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan

Barliman's Chat This Saturday (at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be talking about the valiant shieldmaiden of the Rohirrim — Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan.

For a while she was silent, as if pondering what this might mean. Then suddenly she laid her hand on his arm. ‘You are a stern lord and resolute,’ she said; ‘and thus do men win renown.’ She paused. ‘Lord.’ she said, ‘if you must go, then let me ride in your following. For I am weary of skulking in the hills, and wish to face peril and battle.’

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire (at 6pm ET (New York time)), Hall of Fire will return to our chapter-by-chapter read-through of The Lord of the rings, rejoining Frodo, Sam and Gollum as they leave the Dagorlad and make their way into Ithilien.

‘Hi! Gollum!’ said Sam. ‘Where are you going? Hunting? Well see here, old noser, you don’t like our food, and I’d not be sorry for a change myself. Your new motto’s always ready to help. Could you find anything fit for a hungry hobbit?’
‘Yes, perhaps, yes,’ said Gollum. ‘Sméagol always helps, if they asks –- if they asks nicely.’
‘Right!’ said Sam `I does ask. And if that isn’t nice enough, I begs.’

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