Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!  MINOR SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE HOBBIT

Arandiel, our lovely leader for “The Walk to Rivendell and Beyond”, has updated us with our intrepid walkers stats again this week. They’re currently on the edge of the Midgewater Marshes, fielding off hungry midges.  Come and join the fun as our Message Boarders endeavour to get to the Lonely Mountain before the premiere of the first Hobbit Movie.

Over in the Reading Room, Message boarder, isaac is asking if there’s a major plot hole in the novel “The Hobbit”.  “Why didn’t Thorin call on Dain and the other dwarves from the Iron Hills for help regaining his treasure from Smaug?” What do you think?  Should Thorin have done this or would it have spoiled the story?  Tell us what you think here.

Favourite soundtrack, song or theme of music, alienorchid wants to know which is yours from the LOTR films.

Meanwhile on Hobbit board, xy is asking us if we think the filmmakers will increase Smaug’s role in the films.  What say you?

We’ll share more topics next week and hope you can join in on the conversation!  Don’t forget, TheOneRing.net’s message boards have over 7,300 registered Tolkien fans, just like yourself.  Let your voice be heard!