This weekend in Hall of Fire we’ll be discussing the Seven Deadly Sins as they can be found in Lord of the Rings.

First there is Pride — the excessive belief in one’s own abilities. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity. Perhaps Boromir or Denethor could tell us about this fault?

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation. It’s probably something Saruman knows a great deal about.

Gluttony — the inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. Well, let’s just consider what happens when you set a trio of Hobbits in a field of mushrooms.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body. Does Lord of the Rings hold any lessons here? Maybe Grima Wormtongue could be our archetype?

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath. Is this what leads Boromir to his downfall when he confronts Frodo on Amon Hen?

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness. Surely one of the things the Ring tempts Sam and Galadriel with. But is it found anywhere else?

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. Lazy, lazy elves?

These, of course, are just a few instances where these traits are exhibited in Lord of the Rings. During the chat, we’ll explore where else they are found in the text — in both the ‘goodies’ and the ‘baddies’.

Join us on Sunday November 20 at 2.00pm EST in the Hall of fire on the TORn IRC server as we chat about the Seven Deadly Sin in LoTR!

Time zone conversions

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Time and date:
Sunday November 20

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12.00 midday MST (Salt Lake City)
11.00am PST (Los Angeles)

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Upcoming topics:

Sun November 20 – The seven deadly sins in LoTR
Sat November 26 – Silmarillion Ch 15: Of the Noldor in Beleriand
Sun December 4 – Silmarillion Ch 15: Of the Noldor in Beleriand

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