Barliman's Chat This weekend Hall of Fire is returning to The Two Towers, focusing on the events of “The King of the Golden Hall” as Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas follow Gandalf to the seat of Rohan’s kings to treat with Théoden.

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?

The Two Towers Book III, Chapter VI: The King of the Golden Hall

At the gate of Edoras, the guards receive the four with suspicion. Trust is a commodity in short supply in Rohan. At the doors of Meduseld, the Golden Hall, they are again stopped as the doorward, Hama, requests the four leave their weapons with him. Only after some tense moments is Gandalf is able to plead an exception for his “walking stick”.

Théoden, seemingly old and frail, is attended by his niece, Éowyn, and his closest and most-trusted advisor, Grima Wormtongue. Théoden’s animosity toward and distrust of Gandalf is obvious, and is echoed by Wormtongue who calls him a bearer of bad news and names him “Lathspell” and “Stormcrow”. Undeterred, Gandalf exposes Wormtongue’s duplicitous alliance with Saruman. He urges Théoden to send for the imprisoned Éomer, trust in his own strength and throw off his weariness.

Théoden gives his advisor an ultimatum: either fighting alongside him against Isengard or exile. Unable to maintain his duplicity without comitting himself to a battle he sees as folly, Wormtongue chooses exile.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday May 18, at 6pm EDT (New York time) as we discuss the Two Towers chapter The King of the Golden Hall.

Suggested reading:0
* The Two Towers Book III, Chapter VI: The King of the Golden Hall
* Unfinished Tales: Cirion and Eorl

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