On September 11th, 2001 a tragedy occured that both shocked and appalled the world. At 8:58 am ET, the world stood still as an American Airlines airplane crashed into one of the famous World Trade Center towers. Originally believed to be an accident, only minutes later did the horrible truth become evident. Four planes hijacked, four crashed, thousands killed. A nation not only in chaos, but in confusion as a worst-case scenario became a scenario no longer. TheOneRing.net realise that this week reality, as horrible as it may seem, takes precendence over all else, and thus have postponed this week’s Hall of Fire discussion.

Instead, we offer a forum for people to talk about possibly the key event of the 21st Century. This weekend, the Hall of Fire staff invite you to discuss this amazing and tragic story with not just Tolkien fans, but real people with real emotions who have seen the same images as each one of us. This weekend is not about Hobbits, or Orcs, or things of fiction. This weekend is about real people, thousands of people who died pointlessly, and it is for that reason that we cannot forget what happened in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Tuesday September 11th, 2001.

Place: #thehalloffire on theonering.net server; come to theonering.net’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

Upcoming Discussions:
Sep 22 & 23: FotR Chapter Discussion – A Journey in the Dark
Sep 29 & 30: LotR Character Discussion – Aragorn

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