“The dragon is coming or I am a fool!” he cried. “Cut the bridges! To arms! To arms!” Thus the people of the lake-town, Esgaroth, are warned of their approaching doom. As Smaug vents his fury on these innocent villagers, it seems that nothing can save them from the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities. But things are never quite as bad as they seem.

Tolkien’s children’s tale finally grows up. Gone are the foolish trolls, goblin songs and doggie waiters. Now the themes of life and death, honour and courage, trust and revenge get full sway. Was Bilbo responsible for the tragedy at Esgaroth? Is the mysterious thrush just an ordinary bird, or is there more to it than meets the eye? And what of Bard? Was this grim-faced man an early version of the warrior heroes later met more fully in Aragorn, Faramir and Boromir?

These questions may be asked and answered, but after all, what we have here is one of the most exciting parts of a most exciting tale! So, if you wish, like the dwarves, to hear news of Smaug, you must join us this week in #thehalloffire as we discuss The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water

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9/25/04, 9/26/04: The Downfall of Numenor
10/2/04, 10/3/04: The Hobbit: Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds


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