Led blindfolded, the Fellowship arrive at the Golden Wood, Lothlórien, where they are kindly greeted by Lord Celeborn and Galadriel. Bearing ill tidings of the demise of Gandalf the Grey, the eight walkers are welcomed by the Elves and spend several days in their lands. However, they must never forget the quest they still have in front of them, a message made very clear by the harrowing vision Frodo sees in the pale waters of a flowing basin. This weekend, the Hall of Fire discusses:

Book II Chapter VII – The Mirror of Galadriel

As the Fellowship remain in the untainted lands of Lothlórien, the news of Gandalf’s fall into the abyss causes great sorrow, and songs of lament about Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgrim, the Istari from the West. During this time, the Fellowship learn of the stature of the Lord and Lady of Lothlórien, and how deeply woven the One Ring has become in their lives since it’s forging all those years ago.

And one night under the evening star, Galadriel leads Sam and Frodo to the Mirror of Galadriel, a basin that shows things that were, and things that are, the things that yet may be. In it each sees in it a deep-rooted fear in their soul and each realises what rests on their shoulders, not just the destruction of the One Ring but the preservation of Middle-Earth from the ultimate evil.

A fantastic chapter without a doubt, and one that poses some serious questions to the remaining members of the Fellowship. But it also stirs some emotions in the reader itself, as we watch Frodo and Sam look into a reflection of their hopes, fears and wildest dreams. This weekend, we have three chats across the world to accomodate as many people as possible, and we hope you join us for what should be a fantastic discussion.

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Nov 10 & 11: FotR Chapter Discussion – Mirror of Galadriel
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