“They were at the end of their journey, but as far as ever, it seemed, from the end of their quest.”

Tomorrow we’ll be resuming our chapter discussion of The Hobbit in Hall of Fire, joining Thorin and Company as they finally reach their destination — the Lonely Mountain.

The journey is over, the real adventure is about to begin. But why is the party so dispirited? Where is Smaug, the terrible guardian of the treasures of Erebor? Why does Thorin begin by exploring the front gate, and what does it say about the dwarves that they start thinking of sending Bilbo in through the front entrance when the side door initially proves difficult to open?

Things look grim, but would Gandalf have ever allowed the company to set out on a doomed Quest?

Join us tomorrow (Saturday August 20 at 6pm EDT) in #thehalloffire on irc.theonering.net when we’ll discuss these questions and many others as we look at Chapter 11 of ‘The Hobbit’ — On The Doorstep.

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)

11.00pm GMT (London)
Midnight CDT (Europe)

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 irc.theonering.net — the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our embedded Mibbit 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.

Server: irc.theonering.net
Port: 6667
Channel: #thehalloffire