This weekend we continue our examination of the Hobbit with Chapter 3 — A Short Rest. Bilbo and company make their way to Rivendell, where they are greeted by Elrond the “elf friend” and a group of elves who talk in really bad verse.

But where can we see the greater mythology of Middle-earth peeking out through the children’s tale? And apart from the revelation about Thorin’s map, does anything important occur in this chapter?

Join us on Saturday April 16 at 6pm EDT in #thehalloffire on our IRC server ( where we’ll delve into the third chapter of the Hobbit “A Short Rest” to talk about Rivendell, Elrond, magical elven swords, magical dwarven maps and much more!

Upcoming chats in Hall of Fire

April 23/24 — Rumour roundup
April 30/ May 1 — The Hobbit Ch 4
May 7/8 — LoTR and Middle-earth Trivia!
May 14/15 — The Hobbit Ch 5

Time zone conversions

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

6.00pm EDT (New York)
5.00pm CDT (Chicago)
4.00pm MDT (Denver)
3.00pm PDT (Los Angeles)

10.00pm GMT (London)

8.00am (Sunday) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
11.00am (Sunday) Wellington

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

Where — connection details

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on — the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our java chat client that works inside your web browser. Alternatively, you can install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer and just plug in the following connection details.

Port: 6667
Channel: #thehalloffire