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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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Hall of Fire this weekend: the Last Alliance

This Saturday (at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be chatting about the legacy of Boromir the son of Denethor.

‘Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed.’
‘No!’ said Aragorn, taking his hand and kissing his brow. ‘You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace! Minas Tirith shall not fall!’

(more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: the Last Alliance

This weekend in the Hall of Fire (Saturday 6pm ET), we’ll be chatting about The War of the Last Alliance — an event at the end of the Second Age that was a geo-political shockwave through Middle-earth and caused ripples that continued all they way through to The Lord of the Rings.

Then Elendil the Tall and his mighty sons, Isildur and Anárion, became great lords; and the North-realm they made in Arnor, and the South-realm in Gondor above the mouths of Anduin. But Sauron of Mordor assailed them, and they made the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, and the hosts of Gil-galad and Elendil were mustered in Arnor.

The War of the Last Alliance (more…)

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: the role and importance of Gondor

This weekend, Hall of Fire (Saturday 6pm ET) turns to the kingdom of Gondor as we chat about the role and importance of Gondor, especially in the latter part of the Third Age.

“But in the wearing of the swift years of Middle-earth the line of Meneldil son of Anárion failed, and the Tree withered, and the blood of the Númenoreans became mingled with that of lesser men. Then the watch upon the walls of Mordor slept, and dark things crept back to Gorgoroth. And on a time evil things came forth, and they took Minas Ithil and abode in it, and they made it into a place of dread; and it is called Minas Morgul, the Tower of Sorcery.”

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: magic and art

This weekend in the Hall of Fire (Saturday at 6pm ET) we’ll be gathering to discuss the differences between Art and Magic in Middle-eath.

For this is what your folk would call magic. I believe; though I do not understand clearly what they mean; and they seem also to use the same word of the deceits of the Enemy.

Magic and art (more…)

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: Galadriel, Lady of the Golden Wood

This weekend Hall of Fire (Saturday at 6pm ET) will be discussing the story of Galadriel, guardian of the ring, Vilya, and the Lady of the Golden Wood of Lothlórien.

She was proud, strong, and self-willed, as were all the descendants of Finwë save Finarfin; and like her brother Finrod, of all her kin the nearest to her heart, she had dreams of far lands and dominions that might be her own to order as she would without tutelage.

Galadriel, Lady of the Golden Wood (more…)

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: Tolkien, nature and the environment

Before the Sun and Moon, two trees gave light to the Blessed Realm. But an evil act by the diabolical Morgoth destroys the trees and leaves the world in darkness. The symbolism could hardly be stronger. The devastation of Tolkien’s childhood countryside haunts this tale and all his works of fiction.

This Saturday (March 5 at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be discussing Tolkien, nature and the environment as it appears in his works.

Tolkien, nature and the environment (more…)

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Hall of Fire this Saturday: Boromir, tragic hero of Gondor

This Saturday (Feb 27 at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be discussing one of the great (and tragic) heroes of Middle-earth — Boromir the Brave.

‘The Men of Gondor are valiant, and they will never submit; but they may be beaten down. Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon. Let the Ring be your weapon, if it has such power as you say. Take it and go forth to victory!’ The Council of Elrond.

Boromir: the tragic hero of Gondor (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Finarfin, son of Finwë

This Saturday (6pm ET) in The Hall of Fire we’ll be turning our attention to Finarfin, the youngest son of Finwë and Indis.

But at the rear went Finarfin and Finrod, and many of the noblest and wisest of the Noldor; and often they looked behind them to see their fair city, until the lamp of the Mindon Eldaliéve was lost in the night.

Finarfin, son of Finwë (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Aragorn as Thorongil


Late in the Third Age, Aragorn served in the armies of King Thengel of Rohan (Théoden’s father) and of Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor (father of Denethor). To conceal his identity, he used the pseudonym “Thorongil”.

This Saturday at 6pm ET in the Hall of Fire, we’ll be chatting about this period of Aragorn’s life.

Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate.

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Hall of Fire this weekend: fan-film The Hunt for Gollum

This Saturday at 6pm ET Hall of Fire will be chatting about the 2009 Middle-earth fan-film The Hunt for Gollum.

Directed by Chris Bouchard, The Hunt for Gollum is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of Aragorn son of Arathorn, and his pursuit of the creature Gollum at the behest of Gandalf the Grey. (more…)

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