This weekend Hall of Fire (Saturday at 6pm ET) will be discussing the story of Galadriel, guardian of the ring, Vilya, and the Lady of the Golden Wood of Lothlórien.

She was proud, strong, and self-willed, as were all the descendants of Finwë save Finarfin; and like her brother Finrod, of all her kin the nearest to her heart, she had dreams of far lands and dominions that might be her own to order as she would without tutelage.

Galadriel, Lady of the Golden Wood

One of the wisest and most powerful of the Noldor’s, Galadriel left Valinor seeking a kingdom of her own. But what precisely is the nature of her power and infleucne? And where do we see her deploy it most obviously?

Galadriel’s motivations are often nebulous — and complicated by the lack of a single, definitive version of much of her story.

Were her reasons for leaving Valinor pure? Should we consider that she was part of the host involved in the Kinslaying, or should we accept the alternate concept that she departed independently? Either way, was the subsequent — and long-standing — ban of the Valar fair?

What was her true role and purpose in Middle-earth? How important was she in Middle-earth’s history and its significant events through to the end of the Third Age? And why was she so sympathetic to Gimli?

Come share your thoughts with us on Saturday in what’s sure to be another great Hall of Fire discussion!

Some suggested reading:

Unfinished Tales: The History of Galadriel and Celeborn
Fellowship of the Ring: Bk 2, Ch VI: Lothlorien
Fellowship of the Ring: Bk 2, Ch VII: The Mirror of Galadriel
Fellowship of the Ring: Bk 2, Ch VIII: Farewell to Lorien

Upcoming chat topics:

Saturday March 19: Magic versus art
Saturday March 26: Thingol of Doriath
Saturday April 2: No Hall of Fire — I’m in the UK!
Saturday April 9: No Hall of Fire — I’m in the UK!

The Mirror of Galadriel by Alan Lee.

Time zone conversions

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How long do your topic chats go for?

Our chats usually last about an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation! However, our main room, 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 — 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).

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