Pippin Took: Bold, hard halfling or piece of luggage?

Elrond’s heart forbade him going with the Fellowship, Gandalf encouraged him to throw himself down a well as a preventative measure against stupidity. What does this say about the character of Pippin Took? Was he simply making up the numbers? What was Pippin’s purpose in the Fellowship, and indeed his role in the greater arena of the War of the Ring? Was it a simply a case of making up the numbers? Or something more?

These are just some of the questions that we’ll be discussing at this weekend’s Hall of Fire.

Upcoming Discussions
JULY 13-14: The Two Towers: Book 3, Chapter 7: Helms Deep.

JULY 20-21: The influence of Catholicism on Tolkien’s writings.

JULY 27-28: The Two Towers: Book 3, Chapter 8: The Road to Isengard.

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