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Hall of Fire chat tomorrow: the importance of Rohan in the survival of Gondor

Barliman's Chat Early in the Third Age, the Kings of Gondor began to forge an friendship with the Northmen of Rhovanion. Umtil Rhovanion’s demise, the Northmen kingdom provided a crucial bulwark for Gondor against reavers from the east.

[The Northmen] had increased greatly in the peace brought by the power of Gondor. The kings showed them favour, since they were the nearest in kin of lesser Men to the Dúnedain (being for the most part descendants of those peoples from whom the Edain of old had come); and they gave them wide lands beyond Anduin south of Greenwood the Great, to be a defence against men of the East.

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Hall of Fire this weekend: discussing the fan-film Born of Hope

Barliman's Chat This weekend (Sat March 7 at 5pm EST) Hall of Fire will be chatting about the Kate Madison-directed Middle-earth fan-film Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir.

Arise Dúnedain, remember who you are!

Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir

Born of Hope is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of the Dúnedain as it follows the lives of Arathorn II and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn. (more…)

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Hall of Fire chats The Hobbit chapter 3 tomorrow!

Barliman's Chat This weekend we continue our examinination of the Hobbit with Chapter 3 – A Short Rest. Bilbo and company make their way to Rivendell, where they are greeted by Elrond the “elf friend” and a group of elves who talk in really bad verse.

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Hall of Fire chats The Hobbit chapter 2 tomorrow!

Barliman's Chat Thorin and company set off. Destination: The Lonely Mountain.

Literally shoved out the door by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo joins them somewhat reluctantly, unaware how doing so will radically change his future — and that of Middle-earth. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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We’ve got you covered for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ world premiere!

Today is the big day!

The world premiere of The Hobbit: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies red carpet event in London begin from 5.15pm (GMT) and will go until around 7.30pm.

You can check when that is in your time zone right here, or refer to our cheat table just below. (more…)

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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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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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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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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…)

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