Barliman's Chat Tomorrow (Saturday) at 5pm ET, in our weekly Hall of Fire chats we’ll be cracking open the first chapter of The Return of the King and joining Gandalf and Pippin as they ride through the night toward Minas Tirith.

As they ride, the beacons of Gondor summon Rohan to aid the city.

‘Mithrandir! Mithrandir!’ men cried. ‘Now we know that the storm is indeed nigh!’
‘It is upon you,’ said Gandalf. ‘I have ridden on its wings. Let me pass! I must come to your Lord Denethor, while his stewardship lasts. Whatever betide, you have come to the end of the Gondor that you have known. Let me pass!’

The Return of the King Bk V, Ch I: Minas Tirith

As Gandalf guides Shadowfax through the city toward the upper citadel, Pippin is awed by the grandeur of Minas Tirith, but also notices signs of its slow decay.

In the Hall of Kings, the high throne sits empty. There, Gandalf and Pippin meet with Denethor. The Steward of Gondor, questions the halfling closely about Boromir’s death, and the nature of the fellowship. Tension the entire conversation, yet something within Pippin prompts him offer his service to Denethor and the city.

Dismissed by Denethor, Gandalf goes to gather news while Pippin meets fellow-guardsman Beregond to learn about his new duties. Pippin spends his afternoon in the company of Beregond’s son Bergil, watching as reinforcements arrive at the city gates -— always welcome, but always fewer than needed.

Join us at 5pm ET Saturday in the Hall of Fire for what’s sure to be a lively discussion!

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