Ithilien is the new battleground between the forces of Sauron and those of Gondor, and Frodo, Sam and Gollum soon find themselves enmeshed in greater events.

Book IV, Chpater 4: Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit

Sam decides stewed rabbit is in order for dinner, and convinces Gollum to help out. Later, Gollum, less than happy about the idea of a fire, stalks off and disappears. His warnings prove correct, and Frodo and Sam are captured by none other than Faramir, brother of Boromir.

Faramir’s questioning is only interrupted by impending battle, but what do these Men of Gondor intend?

Join us this weekend for what should be a great discussion as the countdown to The Two Towers continues! And don’t forget your Oliphaunts!

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Oct 12&13
Two Towers trailer discussion

Oct 19&20
TTT Ch 5 The Window on the West

Oct 26&27
TTT Ch 6 The Forbidden Pool

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