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Hall of Fire this weekend: Feanor, Spirit of Fire

This weekend (Saturday November 21 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be discussing the life and achievements of that most talented (and, perhaps, most-troubled) of elves, Fëanor.

Here once was light, that the Valar begrudged to Middle-earth, but now dark levels all. Shall we mourn here deedless for ever, a shadow-folk, mist-haunting, dropping vain tears in the thankless sea? Or shall we return to our home?

In Cuiviénen sweet ran the waters under unclouded stars, and wide lands lay about, where a free people might walk. There they lie still and await us who in our folly forsook them.

Come away! Let the cowards keep this city!

Fëanor, the Spirit of Fire (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Istari

This weekend (Saturday November 14 at 6pm EST), Hall of Fire will be going wizarding as we examine the nature of those who were sent to Middle-earth to oppose Sauron — the Istari.

Wizard is a translation of Quenya istar (Sindarin ithron): one of the members of an “order” (as they call it), claiming to possess, and exhibiting, eminent knowledge of the history and nature of the World.

The translation (through suitable in its relation to “wise” and other ancient words of knowing, similar to that of istar in Quenya) is not perhaps happy, since Heren Istarion or “Order of Wizards” was quite distinct from “wizards” and “magicians” of later legend; they belonged solely to the Third Age and then departed, and none save maybe Elrond, Círdan and Galadriel discovered of what kind they were or whence they came. (Unfinished Tales)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Sons of Feanor

The seven sons of Fëanor — Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod and Amras. Famous, or notorious, in Tolkien’s stories — depending on your view. This weekend, they’re our topic in Hall of Fire.

[Feanor’s] seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches. They swore an oath which none shall break, and none should take, by the name even of Ilúvatar, calling the Everlasting Dark upon them if they kept it not…

The seven sons of Fëanor (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit chapter 19

In the Hall of Fire, we’ve reached the end of our chapter-by-chapter read-through of The Hobbit. This weekend we’ll discuss the final chapter, touching on the return journey, the interlude in Rivendell, the final division of the troll hoard and the domestic chaos that Bilbo discovers on his return.

“It was on May the First that the two came back at last to the brink of the valley in Rivendell…”

The Hobbit: Chapter 19: The Last Stage (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit chapter 18

This weekend, TORn’s Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit for the penultimate chapter of our read-through as Tolkien wraps up his tale with more poetry and pathos than one would expect in a “children’s tale.”

“Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it semms a very gloomy business.”

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Hall of Fire this weekend: why did Frodo accept the Ring Quest?

This weekend, Hall of Fire will be examining the reasons that may have motivated Frodo to accept the Ring Quest.

`I will take the Ring,’ he said, `though I do not know the way.’

Why did Frodo accept the Ring Quest? (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: Cirdan the Shipwright

This weekend, Hall of Fire examines an elf of Middle-earth whose name is quite well-known yet whose history, and mission, remains comparatively opaque by comparison — Cirdan the Shipwright.

“As they came to the gates Círdan the Shipwright came forth to greet them. Very tall he was, and his beard was long, and he was grey and old, save that his eyes were keen as stars; and he looked at them and bowed, and said “All is now ready.”

Cirdan the Shipwright (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit Chapter 16

This weekend Hall of Firte resumes discussing The Hobbit with a key chapter.

“The treasure is likely to be your death, though the dragon is no more!”

The Hobbit Chapter 16: A Thief in the Night (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Gildor Inglorien

This weekend in TORn’s Hall of Fire, we’ll be chatting about one of the more obscure elves of The Lord of the Rings: Gildor Inglorien.

‘I am Gildor,’ answered their leader, the Elf who had first hailed him. ‘Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod. We are Exiles, and most of our kindred have long ago departed and we too are now only tarrying here a while, ere we return over the Great Sea. But some of our kinsfolk dwell still in peace in Rivendell. Come now, Frodo, tell us what you are doing? For we see that there is some shadow of fear upon you.’

Gildor Inglorien: proto-typical high elf? (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit Chapter 15

“Under the Mountain dark and tall, The King has come unto his hall! His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread, And ever so his foes shall fall.”

This weekend, Hall of Fire returns to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Hobbit with Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds. Be sure to join us in our live chat on Saturday August 22 at 6pm EDT (New York time).

“And ever so his foes shall fall” … or so the Dwarves think. (more…)

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Hall of Fire this weekend: Tolkien’s orcs and goblins

Tolkien’s orcs and goblins. What are they? Where do they come from? What is their nature? Where do they go? Do they even really have personalities or a will of their own?

These are just a few of the questions we’ll be asking in Hall of Fire this Saturday at 6pm EDT.

“[Orc] occurs in one or two places but is usually translated goblin (or hobgoblin for the larger kinds). Orc is the hobbits’ form of the name given at that time to these creatures.” Tolkien’s preface to The Hobbit.

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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit: Fire and Water

Tomorrow, (6pm EDT New York time) Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit as we delve into the events of Chapter 14: “Fire and Water”.

“The dragon is coming or I am a fool!” he cried. “Cut the bridges! To arms! To arms!”

The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water (more…)

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