We resume our Two Towers chats this weekend by examining the clash of the mustered forces Rohan and the orc and Dunlendish legions of Saruman at Helm’s Deep. Join us this weekend as we delve into the events of:

Book Three, Chapter VII: Helm’s Deep

One of the most stirring battles of the War of the Ring, this clash between was undoubtedly necessary if the Rohirrim were to go to the aid of Minas Tirith. However, even as they set out for the Fords of the Isen, trouble brews ahead and darkness gathers behind.

Would Theoden’s forces have survived if they’d been caught on the plains? What exactly was the “devilry” of Saruman? How exactly does the battle solidify Legolas and Gimli’s emerging friendship? These are just a few of the questions we’ll be discussing, so join us for what’s sure to be another engaging Hall of Fire debate!

Upcoming Discussions

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.

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

Saturday Chat: 5:30 pm ET (17:30) [also 11:30 pm (23:30) CET and 7:30 am Sunday (07:30) AET]

Sunday Chat: 7:00 pm (19:00) CET [also 1:00 pm (13:00) ET and 4:00 am (04:00) Monday morning AET]

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