As we enter November, the last full month before the release of The Two Towers, our chapter by chapter discussions on the middle installment of Tolkien’s trilogy are coming to a close. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew are going to discuss a chapter which leads to the climactic encounter with Shelob which ends The Two Towers:

Book IV, Chapter VII: Journey to the Cross-Roads

Departing the company of Faramir and receiving their final meal in relative comfort before setting foot into the land of Mordor, Sam and Frodo put their faith in Gollum who desires to bring them through Cirith Ungol and into the heart of the evil that lurks there. Discovering an ill omen on the way in the form of a defaced statue from the glory days of Gondor, there is no doubt that the happy days spent by the Hobbits in Hobbiton are long-forgotten.

Join us this weekend for one or even both of our scheduled chats! Remember, the Hall of Fire is not only for Tolkien scholars but for novices too, and it’s one of the few chances available to talk Tolkien with your fellow fans.

Upcoming Discussions:
To Be Confirmed

#thehalloffire on server; come to’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]

ET = Eastern Time, USA’s East Coast
CET = Central European Time, Central Europe

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