Chapter VI: The Old Forest

Whether you’re a first time Lord of the Rings reader or you’ve read it a dozen times, there’s nothing like discussing the actual book chapter by chapter. That’s what we’re doing in The Hall of Fire, and you are invited to join us for our next installment on April 28 & 29.

The Old Forest is a particularly good chapter. Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry leave Crickhollow and head into one part of what is left of Middle-earth’s ancient forest. Inhabited by the likes of soured Old Man Willow and unflappable Tom Bombadil, the Old Forest stands out as the hobbit’s first face to face encounter with death. Tolkien’s creative mind gets cooking in chapter six to be sure!

Check out this chat in a time zone near you:

Place: #thehalloffire on server; come to’s chat room Barliman’s and then type /join #thehalloffire .

Saturday Chat: 7:00 pm ET (19:00) [also 12:00 am Sunday (0:00) GMT and 9:00 am Sunday (09:00) AET]

Sunday Chat: 8:00 pm (20:00) AET [also 11:00 am (11:00) GMT and 6:00 am (06:00) ET]

Sunday Chat: 6:00 pm (18:00) GMT [also 1:00 pm (13:00) ET and 3:00 am (03:00) Monday morning AET]

ET = Eastern Time, the time on the USA’s east coast
GMT = Greenwich Mean Time, the time in Western Europe
AET = Australian Eastern Time, the time on Australia’s east coast

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