This weekend, Hall of Fire (Saturday 6pm ET) turns to the kingdom of Gondor as we chat about the role and importance of Gondor, especially in the latter part of the Third Age.
“But in the wearing of the swift years of Middle-earth the line of Meneldil son of Anárion failed, and the Tree withered, and the blood of the Númenoreans became mingled with that of lesser men. Then the watch upon the walls of Mordor slept, and dark things crept back to Gorgoroth. And on a time evil things came forth, and they took Minas Ithil and abode in it, and they made it into a place of dread; and it is called Minas Morgul, the Tower of Sorcery.”
The role and importance of Gondor: its rise, and its decline
By the time of the rule of Denethor, Gondor was much reduced and barely able to project force beyond its borders. But what were the reasons for this? Where was its high point? And is there one place where the rot began?
Is Elrond’s evaluation of Gondor’s strength broadly correct, or does Boromir have a point when he states that: “By our valour the wild folk of the East are still restrained, and the terror of Morgul kept at bay; and thus alone are peace and freedom maintained in the lands behind us, bulwark of the West.”?
And what of the perspectives of Aragorn, Faramir and even Denethor?
Come share your thoughts with us on Saturday in what’s sure to be another great Hall of Fire discussion!
Upcoming chat topics:
Saturday May 7: The Last Alliance
Saturday May 14: Families in Middle-earth
Saturday May 21: Tolkien and myth
Saturday May 28: Aragorn as king of Gondor and Arnor
Children of Hurin read-through
In other news, we’ll be starting a chapter-by-chapter readthrough of The Children of Hurin in the first week of August, examining one chapter every second week. The Children of Hurin, assembled by Chris Tolkien from a number of original manuscripts and published in 2007:
…takes the reader back to a time long before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle-earth that was to be drowned before Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron was only Morgoth’s lieutenant. This heroic romance is the tale of the Man, Húrin, who dared to defy Morgoth, and his family’s tragic destiny, as it follows his son Túrin Turambar’s travels through the lost world of Beleriand…
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