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Hall of Fire tomorrow: The Hobbit chapter 11: on the doorstep

This Saturday at 6pm EDT (New York time), we’ll be resuming our regular chapter discussions of The Hobbit in Hall of Fire, joining Thorin and Company as they finally reach their destination — the Lonely Mountain.

“They were at the end of their journey, but as far as ever, it seemed, from the end of their quest.”

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Hall of Fire this weekend: A Warm Welcome

This Saturday at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire we’ll return to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Hobbit with Chapter 10 — A Warm welcome.

“Thag you very buch.”

The Hobbit Chapter 10 — A Warm Welcome

Thanks to Bilbo, Thorin and company have escaped from the dungeons of the Elf-king of Mirkwood. But to what end? Do the dwarves finally consider Bilbo a worthy member of their company? (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Barrels out of Bond

This weekend in The Hall of Fire we’ll return to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Hobbit with Chapter 9 — Barrels out of Bond.

Bilbo saw that the time had come to explain his idea, as far as he could; but he did not feel at all sure bow the dwarves would take it. His fears were quite justified, for they did not like it a bit, and started grumbling loudly in spite of their danger.

“We shall be bruised and battered to pieces, and drowned too, for certain!” they muttered. “We thought you had got some sensible notion, when you managed to get hold of the keys. This is a mad idea!”

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Hall of Fire chat this weekend. The Hobbit Ch 8: Flies and Spiders

Barliman's Chat We continue our chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Hobbit tomorrow in Hall of Fire as the Company — now minus Gandalf — embarks on its perilous journey through Mirkwood.

Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.

“I will give you a name,” he said to it, “and I shall call you Sting.”

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Hall of Fire this weekend. Mortality. Immortality. Is the grass really greener?

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire will be focusing on mortality and immortality in Tolkien’s legendarium. A lot of people seem to feel that immortality is superior. But is that truly the case?

But the Lords of Valinor forbade [the Dúnedain] to sail so far westward that the coasts of Númenor could no longer be seen; and for long the Dúnedain were content, though they did not fully understand the purpose of this ban.

But the design of Manwë was that the Númenóreans should not be tempted to seek for the Blessed Realm, nor desire to overpass the limits set to their bliss, becoming enamoured of the immortality of the Valar and the Eldar and the lands where all things endure.

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit chapter 6

Barliman's Chat This weekend Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit as we examine the events of Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire.

“I brought him, and I don’t bring things that are of no use. Either you help me to look for him, or I go and leave you here to get out of the mess as best you can yourselves. If we can only find him again, you will thank me before all is over.”

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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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