Only in dire times would a parly be called at the House of Elrond, bringing Man, Elf and Istari together to discuss the faith of Middle-Earth and it’s inhabitants. But these are dire times indeed, and as the threat of the Enemy looms over the world as a shadow, the Council of Elrond commences. This weekend, we invite you to come discuss a chapter that would change the lives of nine people and save millions of others:

Book II, Chapter II: The Council of Elrond

A difficult task has already been accomplished by four hobbits who, with the help of Strider have brought the One Ring safely to Rivendell, protecting it from Sauron’s Ringwraiths. But now that it is here, the time has come for a decision to be made: what shall become of it?

Such is the levity of this decision, Elrond has requested the presence of a representative of the great races of Middle-Earth: Boromir of the men of Gondor, Legolas of the Elves of Mirkwood and Glóin of the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain. But just as they are unlike in body in mind, they are undecided as what to do with the ring.

Should it be destroyed, as Gimli the dwarf wishes?Should it be used as a tool against Sauron? Or should it be cast back into the deepest sea, and beyond the reach of any member of Middle-Earth? As the counsel of Gandalf, none of these. A Fellowship shall go forth to Mordor, and throw the ring into the Cracks of Doom, and with it’s unmaking bring down the foundation of Sauron’s evil power itself.

These were the decisions faced by the Council of Elrond, and it is these decisions along with many others that we hope to discuss with you this weekend! Do you believe that Boromir was right to wield the ring? Or Gimli to destroy it? Was the decision of Gandalf to have Frodo bear it into Mordor foolhardy?

Whether you share one of these opinions or none at all, we want to hear from you this weekend! And don’t forget, we are giving you three opportunities to join in this great debate.

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) BST and 9:00 am Sunday (09:00) AET]

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

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

ET = Eastern Time, USA’s East Coast
BST = British Summer Time, GMT +1 hour
AET = Australian Eastern Time, Australia’s East Coast

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