This weekend TORn’s Hall of Fire returns to the Hobbit to examine “Riddles in the Dark”.

Bilbo wakes up lost and afraid. Crawling along in the dark, not knowing where he’s going, one of his hands makes contact with a small, cold, metal ring. Little does he realise how putting it in his pocket will change the fate of middle-earth.

What do we learn about Gollum? We’ll talk about the the nature of Bilbo and Gollum’s riddle game, and Bilbo’s despearate wager as he seeks a way out of the mountains. And what might have influenced Tolkien’s imagination here? And what of the ring itself?

Join us on Saturday May 14 at 6pm EDT in #thehalloffire on our IRC server ( when we’ll follow Bilbo deep down into the roots of the Misty Mountains.

Upcoming chats in Hall of Fire

May 14/15 — The Hobbit Ch 5
May 21/22 — Hobbit movie rumour round-up
May 28/29 — The Hobbit Chapter 6

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