Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire turns to examine Peter Jackson’s next (and almost certainly final) Middle-earth movie.

“At the end of the day I just want to entertain people and get them to come along to the movies.” Peter Jackson at the Desolation of Smaug live event. November 2013.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again. What are your expectations?

What would you like to see included or omitted from Peter Jackson’s final Hobbit film? What needs to be cut, and what must stay? Why?

Can the award-winning director round out his Middle-earth adventures with a critical, fan and box-office success?

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

Upcoming discussions:

March 15: ROTK Book 5 Chapter 5: The Ride of the Rohirrim
March 22: Denethor and Theoden. A study in contrasts.

Time zone conversions

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