Barliman's Chat A couple of weeks ago we discussed our Middle-earth heroes on the Hall of Fire. So I thought, why not focus on villains too?

So this Saturday at 6pm we’ll be asking today the question: who is your favourite villain, and why?

“I am the Elder King: Melkor, first and mightiest of the Valar, who was before the world, and made it. The shadow of my purpose lies upon Arda, and all that is in it bends slowly and surely to my will.

But upon all whom you love my thought shall weigh as a cloud of Doom, and it shall bring them down into darkness and despair. Wherever they go, evil shall arise. Whenever they speak, their words shall bring ill counsel.

Whatsoever they do shall turn against them. They shall die without hope, cursing both life and death.”
Narn I Hin Hurin: The Words of Hurin and Morgoth.

Who is your favourite Middle-earth villain? And why?

Is it Melkor, the ultimate progenitor of everything corrupt in Middle-earth? Or maybe you’re drawn to the insubstantiality and mysteriousness of his lieutenant, Sauron, as its depicted in Lord of the Rings?

Maybe you’re intrigued by one of Tolkien’s orcs: Grishnakh, Ugluk, Gorbag or Shagrat? The ever-hungering Ungoliant and Shelob also present different interpretations of what evil can be.

Or is it Saruman? Or someone like Ar-Pharazon the Golden, or one of the dragons: Smaug, Glaurung or even Ancalagon the Black?

Join us at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire when we’ll be chatting about our favourite heroes, and what makes us like them most.

fingolfin and morgoth
Fingolfin battles Morgoth by John Howe.

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