Barliman's Chat This Saturday (at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be talking about the valiant shieldmaiden of the Rohirrim — Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan.

For a while she was silent, as if pondering what this might mean. Then suddenly she laid her hand on his arm. ‘You are a stern lord and resolute,’ she said; ‘and thus do men win renown.’ She paused. ‘Lord.’ she said, ‘if you must go, then let me ride in your following. For I am weary of skulking in the hills, and wish to face peril and battle.’

Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan

Throughout the War of the Ring, Éowyn appears as one of the most conflicted characters, torn between desire and duty. She wishes to journey into battle with the Rohirrim and win renown, but is compelled by responsibility and position to remain and steward her folk.

She also feels an instant attraction to Aragorn, but by the end of the Return of the King her heart turns towards another. She is a passionate woman who is quick to act and chafes against constraint and tradition as she strives to be the one who controls her own destiny.

Heroine? Deserter? Feminist role model? Norse archetype? Symbol of Middle-earth’s renewal? These are just a few of the things we’ll examine in what’s sure to be a lively chat!

Suggested reading

The Two Towers – The King of the Golden Hall
The Return of the King – The Passing of the Grey Company
The Return of the King – The Muster of Rohan
The Return of the King – The Ride of the Rohirrim
The Return of the King – The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
The Return of the King – The Steward and the King

Tolkien’s heathen feminist
Letter #244

Time zone conversions

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How long do your topic chats go for?

Our chats usually last from an hour to ninety minutes, 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

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on — 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.

Port: 6667
Channel: #thehalloffire