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

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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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The Hall of Fire this weekend: the elves who wander

Barliman's Chat This weekend in the Hall of Fire, we’ll be turning our attention to the wandering elves of Middle-earth.

Journeying from his erstwhile home in Hobbiton to his new one in Buckland, Frodo serendpitously encounters a travelling band of elves — high elves at that — in the woods of Tookland.

“In the morning we shall have gone; but we will send our messages through the lands. The Wandering Companies shall know of your journey, and those that have power for good shall be on the watch.” Gildor Inglorien.

What exactly are these wandering companies? How many are there? Why do they travel? Are they wholly nomadic? And where do they go?

Join us Saturday at 6pm ET in #thehalloffire when we will explore all these questions and more as we examine the Wandering Companies of Middle-earth.

Frodo meets Gildor by Alan Lee.

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How long do your topic chats go for?

Our chats usually last 45 mins to an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation! However, our main room, is open 24 hours a day. We don’t always talk Tolkien there, but if you have a burning question, you’ll usually find one or two of “the regulars” up for a chat!

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Hall of Fire this weekend: what are the powers and uses of the Great Rings?

Barliman's Chat The Rings of Power, forged by Celebrinbor and the Gwaith-i-Mirdain in Eregion long ago. But why? What were the Great Rings good for? What were they meant to acheive for their users? This is the topic that Hall of Fire will broach this weekend.

We know a little. We know The One can turn its wielder invisible. And Gandalf seems to say (if in not so many words) that all the Great Rings can do likewise. Not to mention, they grant long life. They preserve, but do they all also dominate and control?

And, as Galadriel explains, they also “give power according to the measure of each possessor”. (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Shadow of the Past

Barliman's Chat This Saturday (October 21) at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire returns to our chapter-by-chapter read-through and discussion of Fellowship of The Ring.

“I wish it need not have happened in my time.”

Frodo Baggins is the new master of Bag End. And, to the enduring curiosity of his fellow-Hobbits, over the next 17 years he proves as “well-preserved” and eccentric — and as much of topic of gossip — as Bilbo ever was.

FoTR Book 1, Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Past

Odd news from the outside world begin to circulate. Most “sensible” Hobbits laugh off the rumours of dark times as mere folk tales, but Frodo’s gardener, Samwise, is fascinated. Then, one evening, Gandalf returns bearing terrible news. Biilbo’s ring — now in the hands of Frodo — is far more powerful, and perilous, than anyone had guessed. (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Concerning Hobbits

Barliman's Chat This weekend in The Hall of Fire, we’ll be turning our attention back to the prologue of The Lord of the Rings, examining the information presented to us about Hobbits.

“I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us.”

The Lord of the Rings: Prologue: Concerning Hobbits

In his introduction, Tolkien makes clear to us that Hobbits are like human beings. Yet, in some ways, that raises even more questions. In what way are they related to “the big people”? Why don’t they understand anything more complicated than a forge-bellows or a water-mill? And if they came to Eriador (and The Shire) from The Wilderland, where did they come from before that? (more…)

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Hall of Fire livechats The Fellowship of the Ring this weekend

Barliman's Chat This weekend Hall of Fire will once again be doing a chapter-by-chapter weekly livechat about The Lord of the Rings — starting with The Fellowship of The Ring.

“It will have to be paid for,” they said. “It isn’t natural and trouble will come it!”

FoTR Book 1, Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party

It’s a different Bilbo Baggins that we meet at the beginning of FoTR. Old yet remarkably well-preserved. Wealthy, yet extremely generous. And by the conservative standards of Hobbits, rather eccentric. (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Akallabêth

Barliman's Chat This weekend in the Hall of Fire, we will be discussing one of the great (and tragic) stories of Tolkien’s Legendarium, Akallabêth: The Downfall of Numenor.

A land was made for the Edain to dwell in, neither part of Middle-earth nor of Valinor, for it was sundered from either by a wide sea; yet it was nearer to Valinor. It was raised by Ossë out of the depths of the Great Water, and it was established by Aulë and enriched by Yavanna; and the Eldar brought thither flowers and fountains out of Tol Eressëa. Akallbeth, The Silmarillion.


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The death of Beleg. Is Túrin culpable?

children of hurin The usual Christmas and New Year shenanigans mean that in The Hall of Fire we’ve only just arrived at the ninth chapter of The Children of Húrin. It’s short, but crucial — climaxing with the death of Beleg.

That’s not really a spoiler; the chapter is literally named “The Death of Beleg”.

It’s a — possibly the — key turning point in Túrin’s life. Until his death, Beleg is a strong stabilising influence on Túrin’s action. The absence of that support, combined with the manner of Beleg’s death, profoundly affect Túrin’s subsequent behaviour. (more…)

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Fighting Morgoth: The land of bow and helm

amon_rudh I’ve been recently re-reading Chapter VIII of The Children of Húrin in anticipation of our Hall of Fire chat tomorrow.

One thing that particularly struck me is the invidiousness of Túrin’s position on Amon Rudh: whether he and his growing band of outlaws fight or hide, their prospects are grim.

Beleg summarises the conundrum neatly:

“…a king or the lord of a great host has many needs. He must have a secure refuge; and he must have wealth, and many whose work is not in war. With numbers comes the need of food, more than the wild will furnish to hunters. And there comes the passing of secrecy.

Amon Rûdh is a good place for a few – it has eyes and ears.

But it stands alone, and is seen far off; and no great force is needed to surround it – unless a host defends it, greater far than ours is yet or than it is likely ever to be.”


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Analysing The Children of Húrin: Túrin the outlaw

Alan_Lee_-_Túrin_Turambar This weekend (in just a few hours in fact), Hall of Fire will be chatting about the sixth chapter of The Children of Húrin, which documents Túrin’s time in the wilderness of west Beleriand as a member of a desperate group of outlaws, scofflaws and outcasts.

Túrin the outlaw

In his persona of “Neithan the wronged”, one wonders if Turin’s feels that he’s finally found his people after (often) feeling so out of place in Doriath.

But, for mine, the most interesting aspect of the chapter is the moral dimension: over and again, Túrin is forced to confront what he will do — and is willing to permit others around him to do — in order to survive. (more…)

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Analysing The Children of Húrin: The Curse of Morgoth

Hurin and Morgoth - Ted Nasmith

Hurin and Morgoth – Ted Nasmith

This weekend Hall of Fire is delving into the third chapter of The Children of Húrin. (Our discussion starts at 6pm ET. Feel free to join us as we dive into Chapter 3.)

The Words of Húrin and Morgoth

It’s a key one, dominated by a long conversation between Húrin, and his captor, the Valar, Morgoth.

We’re likely to have many talking points but for me, the most pivotal is the Curse of Morgoth. Morgoth promises Húrin:

…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. Whatsoever they do shall turn against them. They shall die without hope, cursing both life and death.


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