Following our highly successful detour into Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, this weekend Hall of Fire will explore the relationship between Frodo and Sam. Was it ever a relationship of master and servant, or was it more one of close friendship from the very start? How does it evolve over the course of the Quest? Where do we see Frodo the leader?; where do we see Sam the leader?

Who was the more virtuous, Sam or Frodo? Why do you believe so? Who was the stronger, braver, wiser, kinder of the pair, and who contributed the most to the success of the Quest? Who had the more faults? And who was the better leader? After all, Samwise Gamgee went on to become the mayor of the Shire for a very long time. Perhaps it should have been Sam who carried the One Ring?

These are just a few of the things we’ll discuss this weekend on Saturday February 4 at 5.30pm EST in The Hall of Fire.

Time zone conversions

Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help.

5.30pm EST (New York)
4.30pm CST (Chicago)
3.30pm MST (Salt Lake City)
2.30pm PST (Los Angeles)

10.30pm GMT (London)
11.30pm CET (Paris)

6.30am AWST (Monday 13th) Perth
8.30am AEST (Monday 13th) Brisbane
9.30am AEDT (Monday 13th) Sydney
11.30am NZDT (Monday 13th) Wellington

Our chats usually last 45 mins to an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation!


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Upcoming topics:

Sat Feb 4 — Frodo and Sam
Sun Feb 12 — Silmarillion Chapter 16
Sat Feb 18 — Silmarillion Chapter 16
Sun Feb 26 — Middle-earth’s greatest hero
Sat Mar 4 — Middle-earth’s greatest hero

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