Barliman's Chat Today at 5pm ET (note the time switch because of DST changes) the Hall of Fire will be detouring from our regular book chats back into movie-land as we head into spoiler territory and pull apart the new trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies in what’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening discussion.

Saruman: Leave Sauron to me.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer chat and analysis!

What did you love about the trailer? What just made you go “huh?”? What did you make of the more sombre tone and the escalation of the sense of conflict between characters — even those who are close friends or even kin?

We also have Bard confronting Thorin, Thorin’s increasingly mistrustful nature, and a series of battles that seem to traverse all the way from Lake-town to Dale and Erebor. And what’s the deal with Dol Guldur?

Join us today at 5pm ET (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 Battle of the Five Armies trailer!

Time zone conversions

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5.00pm EDT (New York)
4.00pm CDT (Chicago)
3.00pm MDT (Denver)
2.00pm PDT (Los Angeles)

10.00pm BST (London)
11.00pm CST (Paris)
Midnight EEST (Helsinki)

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9.00am AEDT (Sunday) Sydney, Melbourne
11.00am NZST (Sunday) Wellington

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Where — connection details

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on — the TORn IRC server. It is based on internet relay chat technology (that means it’s hella old skool). It’s a text-only, moderated chat room full of eccentric Tolkien fans. We’re open 24/7 (although some times are busier and more active than others).

There are many ways to connect to the chat server. However, the easiest is generally to use a browser-based client. We usually direct folks to Mibbit:

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