Sir Ian McKellen says in the latest The Two Towers trailer, ‘I’ve come back to you, at the turn of the tide.’ Throughout the War of the Ring there were several turning points, but one of the most crucial to the downfall of Sauron was the battle of Helm’s Deep and the defeat of Saruman’s forces. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew invite you to join us as we discuss the downfall of Saruman, the man who would be Lord of the Rings:

Book Three, Chapter VIII: The Road to Isengard

The battle of Helm’s Deep is over, and the forces of Saruman have been defeated, thanks in no small part to the Ents. With the followers of the White Hand defeated, Gandalf the White travels to Isengard to confront the man who once he called friend. However, the victory was not easy and many Men of the Mark lie dead around their friends and brethren.

The Road to Isengard, though living in the shadow of the chapter before it, tenderly deals with the aftermath of Helm’s Deep and the strengthened bonds of its survivors. We continue to see the relationship of Gimli and Legolas flourish, along with the bond between Aragorn and Éomer forged during battle. It also serves to highlight how evil can corrupt good to the point where it is the device of its own destruction. Join us this weekend at what should be a great discussion!

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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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