J. R. R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State in South Africa. If he was still alive, today he would be 123 years old — and fast catching up on The Old Took!
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?”
— Frodo about Bilbo in The Fellowship of the Ring.
What Tolkien and his works mean to you
To celebrate Tolkien birthday, Hall of Fire will be asking what Tolkien and his works mean to you. How did you discover J.R.R. Tolkien? What do you enjoy the most about his works? And why do you keep returning to htem over and over again?
So be sure to join us at 5pm EST (New York time) in The Hall of Fire for what’s sure to be an interesting chat as we salute The Professor.
Time zone conversions
Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help. Alternatively, check our handy Event Announcer over on Time and Date for the correct time in your area.
5.00pm EST (New York)
4.00pm CST (Chicago)
3.00pm MST (Denver)
2.00pm PST (Los Angeles)
10.00pm BST (London)
11.00pm CST (Paris)
Midnight EEST (Helsinki)
8.00am AEST (Sunday) Brisbane
9.00am AEDT (Sunday) Sydney, Melbourne
11.00am NZST (Sunday) Wellington
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, #theonering.net 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 irc.theonering.net — 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:
If you’re more oldschool or technically adept, you can install one of the scores of standalone chat clients that available for desktop and mobile devices. Just plug in our server details (see bottom) into the client and connect.
* Xchat: http://xchat.org/ (Windoze PC and Linux. Free)
* mIRC: http://www.mirc.com/ (Windoze PC. 30-day trial)
* AndChat: http://www.andchat.net/ (Android app for mobile. Free)
* Colloquy: http://colloquy.info/ (Mac OS and Apple mobile devices. Free)
Our server details:
IRC server name: irc.theonering.net
Channel/room name: #theonering.net
Port: 6667 (6697 for SSL connections)
Pledge $10 or more to our One Last Party campaign before Jan 5 and you could win a signed copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin
Our One Last Party fundraiser on Indiegogo has passed the $100K mark and we’re pretty stoked!
If you’d like to join us as a Party of Special Magnificence in Hollywood in February — a toast to all SIX Middle-earth movies, now is the time to back our campaign. Even if you can’t make it to Hollywood (or if you’ve already contributed), you can help out by retweeting or sharing our fundraiser across social media to get the word out. And if you pledge $10 or more before Monday Jan 5, you’ll go in our special draw to win a signed copy of The Children of Hurin.