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Hall of Fire returns this weekend with Tooks and Brandybucks

lotrmerry-pippin5 After a month-long World Cup break (congrats Germany!) Hall of Fire will return this weekend with a topic that explores two of the great hobbit families of the Shire — Tooks and the Brandybucks. Please note that, for this Saturday, we’ll be starting an hour earlier than normal, at 5pm ET.

“Dear me! We Tooks and Brandybucks, we can’t live long on the heights.”

Tooks and Brandybucks

The Tooks and the Brandybucks were the two most influential families in the Shire. Both families contained a strong Fallohide strain, something that might account for their more adventurous nature. (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Tooks and Brandybucks

lotrmerry-pippin5 This weekend’s Hall of Fire will explore two of the great hobbit families of the Shire — Tooks and the Brandybucks.

“Dear me! We Tooks and Brandybucks, we can’t live long on the heights.”

Tooks and Brandybucks

The Tooks and the Brandybucks were the two most influential families in the Shire. Both families contained a strong Fallohide strain, something that might account for their more adventurous nature. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat topic this Saturday: Trees and Tolkien

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire will explore the link between J.R.R. Tolkien and one of the things he most loved — trees.

There is no doubt that trees had a special place in Tolkien’s heart. In Middle-earth they whisper, they walk, and before Sun and Moon was made, two trees gave light to the world.

The forces of darkness, like Saruman and his orcs delight in cutting the woods down, but in Middle-earth the trees themselves can go to war, led by those most curious of Tolkiens creations: the shepherds of the trees. (more…)

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Hall of Fire chat topic this Saturday: The Black Gate Opens

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire turns again to The Return of the King as we examine the final chapter of Book V — The Black Gate Opens.

Intent on drawing forth Sauron’s hidden strength, the Army of the West marches on Mordor. Seemingly bent on self-destruction, they provocatively cross the Anduin, set the fields of Morgul Vale aflame and proclaim the return of the Lords of Gondor.

Well, well, now at any rate I understand poor Denethor a little better. We might die together, Merry and I, and since die we must, why not? Well, as he is not here, I hope he’ll find an easier end. But now I must do my best.

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Did you ever chat in Barliman’s? Join us this Saturday to celebrate TORn’s 15th anniversary

Barliman's Chat Did you ever regularly chat in Barliman’s? If you’ve ever dropped by, or were a regular in the TORn chatrooms, join us this Saturday between 3pm and 6pm ET as we celebrate TORn’s 15th anniversary (or TORniversary, if you prefer).

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Hall of Fire chat topic this Saturday: The Houses of Healing

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire turns again to The Return of the King to examine aftermath of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

It was not long before Gandalf himself came in search of them. He stooped over Merry and caressed his brow; then he lifted him carefully. ‘He should have been borne in honour into this city,’ he said. ‘He has well repaid my trust; for if Elrond had not yielded to me, neither of you would have set out; and then far more grievous would the evils of this day have been.’

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Hall of Fire chat this Saturday: The Pyre of Denethor

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire will be looking at moral dilemnas as we examine our next chapter of The Return of the King — the Pyre of Denethor.

‘…I am frightened. Something terrible may happen up there. The Lord is out of his mind, I think. I am afraid he will kill himself, and kill Faramir too. Can’t you do something?’

Gandalf looked through the gaping Gate, and already on the fields he heard the gathering sound of battle. He clenched his hand. ‘I must go ‘ he said. ‘The Black Rider is abroad, and he will yet bring ruin on us. I have no time.’

‘But Faramir!’ cried Pippin. ‘He is not dead, and they will burn him alive, if someone does not stop them.’

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Hall of Fire chat this weekend: who are the Drúedain?

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire examines one of Tolkien’s more mysterious creations — the Drúedain. If you’re somewhat mystified as to who these people are, the name Ghân-buri-Ghân (who appears to help the Rohirrim in The Return of the King) may ring a few bells.

There sat Théoden and Éomer, and before them on the ground sat a strange squat shape of a man, gnarled as an old stone, and the hairs of his scanty beard straggled on his lumpy chin like dry moss. He was short-legged and fat-armed, thick and stumpy, and clad only with grass about his waist. (more…)

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Hall of Fire chat topic this Saturday. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, we return to our chapter chats, focusing on the battle of the Pelennor Fields — the greatest battle of the Third Age. Theoden and his household knights engage and destroy the cavalry of the Haradrim, while others of his host overwhelm those orcs closest to the walls of Minas Tirith.

But it was no orc-chieftain or brigand that led the assault upon Gondor. The darkness was breaking too soon, before the date that his Master had set for it: fortune had betrayed him for the moment, and the world had turned against him; victory was slipping from his grasp even as he stretched out his hand to seize it.

But his arm was long. He was still in command, wielding great powers. King, Ringwraith, Lord of the Nazgûl, he had many weapons. He left the Gate and vanished.

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Hall of Fire topic this Saturday. Denethor and Théoden: a study in contrasts

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET Hall of Fire will be examining two of the key characters of Return of the King: Denethor and Théoden.

‘Be careful of your words, Master Peregrin! This is no time for hobbit pertness. Théoden is a kindly old man. Denethor is of another sort, proud and subtle, a man of far greater lineage and power, though he is not called a king.’

Denethor and Théoden: a study in contrasts (more…)

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Hall of Fire topic this Saturday. ROTK Book V Ch V: The Ride of the Rohirrim

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire resumes chapter discussions as we examine the events of The Ride of the Rohirrim.

The Rohirrim — secretly accompanied by a very unwanted-feeling Merry — discover the road to Minas Tirith is barred by a strong force of orcs. (more…)

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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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