Barliman's Chat This weekend, we’re resuming our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire as the Fellowship sets out from Rivendell on the long journey to Mordor.

“Now the tale of Nine is filled. In seven days the company must depart.”

Book Two, Chapter Three: The Ring Goes South

A fellowship of nine walkers sets forth with the One Ring: Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn, Boromir, Merry, and Pippin. Elrond is hesitant to send the last two, but relents after Gandalf points out that even an Elf-lord’s power would guarantee success, and that Merry’s and Pippin’s feelings of loyalty to Frodo count for much.

The first leg of the journey takes them to the Redhorn Gate, a pass through the Misty Mountains. But, brave and valiant as they are, a snowstorm on the slopes of Caradhras cruels their chances, and forces them back. The snow stops soon after they retreat. Bad luck?

As Gimli notes, it seems as though some force — Caradhras has a reputation for capricious weather — does not want them to pass. They are defeated not by the armies of Sauron, but by nature itself.

Join us tomorrow (May 19) at 6.00pm ET (New York time), when we’ll discuss all this and much more!

The Company attempts the Pass of Caradhras by Ted Nasmith.

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