“Under the Mountain dark and tall, The King has come unto his hall! His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread, And ever so his foes shall fall.”

This weekend, Hall of Fire returns to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Hobbit with Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds. Be sure to join us in our live chat on Saturday August 22 at 6pm EDT (New York time).

“And ever so his foes shall fall” … or so the Dwarves think.

The Hobbit: Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds

After hearing of Smaug’s demise from a trusted source, the Dwarves are euphoric, over-taken by treasure-lust. But then cold reality looms — a large force of lakemen and Wood Elves approaches seeking recompense for their loss. An ugly confrontation looms as Thorin and Co. turn stubborn.

With Bard as their leader, how do the lakemen now appear? Should the and Elves have chosen a different approach when they came to parley with the Dwarves?

What responsibility do the Dwarves owe the two parties? Will Bilbo’s stomach save Thorin and Company once again?

Join us in our live chat (#thehalloffire on irc.theonering.net) on Saturday November 12 at 5pm EST (New York time) when we’ll examine all these questions and more!

Upcoming discussions

Saturday August 22: The Hobbit: Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds
Saturday August 29: Gildor Inglorien
Saturday September 5: The Hobbit Chapter 16: The Clouds Burst

99abc2de84404cd73974a11ec4619bc1Gathering of the Clouds by Alan Lee.

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