‘All that had happened after he was stunned, Bilbo learned later; but it gave him more sorrow than joy, and he was now weary of his adventure. He was aching in his bones for the homeward journey.’ Tolkien wraps up his tale with more poetry and pathos than one would expect in a children’s tale.

We see the result of the Battle of Five Armies, and learn what has become of Thorin and his company, as well as the men and elves. But perhaps we, like Bilbo, have had enough of adventures, and long to turn home. However, Tolkien is never one to finish a tale with a simple ‘And they lived happily ever after, the end.’ No tale is ever really finished, they just carry on with new characters.

Join us this weekend in #thehalloffire as we finish our long journey through The Hobbit when we look at The Hobbit: Chapter 18: The Return Journey and Chapter 19: The Last Stage

Upcoming topics:

12/4 and 12/5: Concerning Hobbits Everything you ever wanted to know about those little guys.
12/11 and 12/12: David Salo to take a seat in The Hall of Fire.

We are pleased to announce that Tolkien language expert David Salo will be our special guest during our scheduled HoF chat on Saturday, December 11 at 5:30 P.M. EST. Mr. Salo was the primary language consultant for Peter Jackson s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

He will be talking about Tolkien’s languages (especially Sindarin and Quenya), about how the languages appeared in the movies, and a bit about his new book, “A Gateway To Sindarin: A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings”, as well as answering chatter’s questions.

This will be a moderated Q & A session, and HoF staff are now accepting questions. If you have a question, please submit it to the staff at thehalloffire@theonering.net prior to the event.

(The chat on Sunday, Dec. 12 will center on reactions to the Salo chat, as well as exploring Tolkien s languages)

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Chat Times:

Saturday Chat:
5:30pm EST (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 7:30am Sunday morning AEST]

Sunday Chat:
8:00 pm (20:00) CET
[also 2:00pm (14:00) EST and 4:00am Monday morning AEST]

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