Barliman's Chat This weekend (Saturday at 6pm ET) the Hall of Fire will be detouring from our regular book chats back into movie-land as we head into spoiler-land and pull apart the new trailer for The Desolation of Smaug in what’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening discussion.

Bard: You have no right to enter that mountain!
Thorin: I have every right.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug trailer chat and analysis!

What did you love about the trailer? What just made you go “huh?”? What did you make of the hints of Bilbo riddling “Smaug the Stupendous”, the incredible delivery of Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug’s voice, and of Beorn seemingly emerging from the trees to pursue the Company across an open field?

We also have Bard confronting Thorin, Thorin’s seemingly increasingly mistrustful nature, and a battle that seems to traverse Mirkwood all the way to Lake-town and involves the elves, the dwarves and Azog’s orcs.

Speaking of orcs, where did that army come from? Where is it going? Was Gandalf running from something, or toward something? And where has Radagast gone? Is Thranduil really offering help to the Thorin and company, or is that just some artful intercurtting of dialogue? And what’s the deal with telling Tauriel not to encourage Legolas?

Join us this Saturday at 6pm EST (New York time) in #thehalloffire on the TORn chat server for what’s sure to be a lively and spoiler-filled discussion!

Suggested reading:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer!

* An animation of Smaug in all his glory!
* Ten stunning animated GIFs from the trailer.

Time zone conversions

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11.00pm BST (London)
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