This weekend, we’re resuming our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in the Hall of Fire as the Fellowship sets out from Rivendell on the long journey to Mordor.

“Now the tale of Nine is filled. In seven days the company must depart.”

Book Two, Chapter Three: The Ring Goes South

A fellowship of nine walkers sets forth with the One Ring: Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn, Boromir, Merry, and Pippin. Elrond is hesitant to send the last two, but relents after Gandalf points out that not even an Elf-lord’s power would be able to guarantee success, and that Merry’s and Pippin’s feelings of loyalty to Frodo count for much.

The first leg of the journey takes them to the Redhorn Gate, a pass through the Misty Mountains. But, brave and valiant as they are, a freezing snowstorm on the slopes of Caradhras cruels their chances, and forces them to turn back. The snow stops soon after they retreat. Bad luck? As Gimli notes, it seems as though some force — Caradhras has a reputation for capricious weather — does not want them to pass. They are defeated not by the armies of Sauron, but by nature itself.

Join us tomorrow (Saturday, October 13) at 6.00pm EDT (New York time), in the Hall of Fire when we’ll discuss all this and much more as we continue our Fellowship of the Ring read-through!

Time zone conversions

Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help. Alternatively, head to our event time announcer on Time and Date.

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

11.00pm GMT (London)
Midnight CET (Paris)
1.00am EET (Helsinki)

8.00am AEST (Sunday) Brisbane
9.00am AEDT (Sunday) Sydney, Melbourne
11.00am NZST (Sunday) Wellington

How long do your topic chats go for?

Our chats usually last an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation! However, our main room, is open 24 hours a day. We don’t always talk Tolkien there, but if you have a burning question, you’ll usually find one or two of “the regulars” up for a chat!

Where — connection details

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Alternatively, you can install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer and just plug in the following connection details.

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