This Saturday (at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be chatting about the legacy of Boromir the son of Denethor.

‘Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed.’
‘No!’ said Aragorn, taking his hand and kissing his brow. ‘You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace! Minas Tirith shall not fall!’

The legacy of Boromir

There’s no denying that Boromir is one of the great (and tragic) heroes of the Lord of the Rings. But what is his impact on the wider world and events of Middle-earth? What legacy does he leave?

How does his life, and death, affect those around him? How does he influence the direction and actions of the Fellowship? The course of his country and people? Where do we see his influence the most? And what of it can we say is good, and what bad?

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

Upcoming chat topics:

Saturday August 6: The Children of Hurin: Chapter 1
Saturday August 13: Eärnur, thirty-third and last King of Gondor
Saturday August 20: The Children of Hurin: Chapter 2
Saturday August 27: TBA
Saturday September 3: The Children of Hurin: Chapter 3

Children of Hurin read-through

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…

Tolkien, Nasmith, painting, illustration, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, Hobbit, Middle-earthThe Last Words of Boromir by Ted Nasmith.

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!

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