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Thursday, May 27, 2004
Barlimans News

ROTK DVD-Watching Party
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maegwen @ 20:47 PST

Ok, so now you have your ROTK DVD... So why not join your fellow Barli friends in discussing all things DVD and then watching it together?

We have an exciting double-feature for LOTR fans this weekend. First up is our annual Hall of Fire DVD chat; join the intrepid HoF staff as they conduct a freewheeling discussion about the theatrical DVD. Some of the points to be chewed over: What is your reaction to ROTK after all this time? Still the "greatest movie ever!" or "a total disaster" or have your feelings mellowed over time? Does ROTK deserve to be one of the most Oscar winning films of all time? And how about those special features? Is it worth buying the theatrical release as well as the extended edition? [Read More]

Following HoF (see below for times) will be Barliman's first-ever DVD-Watching Party!

Join us in #moviechat where we will simultaneously press "Play" on our individual DVD players to cheer and jeer at the final episode of Peter Jackson's epic. Now, we've never done this before, but expect it will be pretty easy going. We plan to take a break midway through the film, to allow for stretching of fingers and backs. Barliman will be on hand to serve drinks and snacks (and to enforce the house rules).

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WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?

Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30

Times:
SATURDAY
Hall of Fire Chat: 5:30pm ET (17:30) [also 10:30pm (22:30) GMT and 7:30am Sunday (07:30) AET]
ROTK DVD-Watching Party: 7pm ET (19:00) [also midnight (00:00) GMT and 9am Sunday (09:00) AET]


SUNDAY
Hall of Fire Chat: 6:00 pm (18:00) GMT [also 1pm ET (13:00) and 3am Monday (03:00) AET]
ROTK DVD-Watching Party: 7:30 pm (19:30) GMT [also 2:30pm ET (14:30) and 4:30am (04:30) AET]

ET = Eastern Time, USA's East Coast
GMT = Greenwich Mean Time, UK
AET = Australian East Coast


WHERE?

On TORn's IRC server, in the #moviechat channel. After joining the server, type /join #moviechat to get there.

If you've never been to TORn's IRC server before, you can join through our java applet and type /join #moviechat once you're signed in. We reccommend you visit our FAQ for some guidelines on using our IRC service. Barlimanís is a place for good conversation about JRR Tolkienís works. We welcome you to our community and ask that you, and all guests, abide by some simple guidelines.


HOW?

Like I said, we've never done this before, but it doesn't seem to be rocket science. Once everyone is in #moviechat and has their DVD ready to go, the ops will moderate the room and have a countdown to "Play." I expect that we will be able to give minute-markers throughout the evening for latecomers. A break will be taken midway through -- the exact point will be announced in the topic.

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That's all, folks! See you this weekend!

Friday, May 21, 2004
Barlimans News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
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Frode @ 05:30 PST

Frodo and Sam, Turin and Beleg, Aldarion and Erendis, Cirion and Eorl, Gondor and Rohan, Feanor and his Silmarils, Melkor and Manwe, Gollum and the Ring. Which relationships expresses the epitome of love, loyalty and sacrifice? And which, the epitome of jeaolousy, hate and obsession?[More]

Thursday, May 13, 2004
Barlimans News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
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Frode @ 17:45 PST

Dragons, Hobbits, Giant Spiders, Ents, elves; have you ever wondered where Tolkien got the ideas for the myriad of creatures roaming Middle-Earth? Perhaps you would like to share your ideas about the role of similar creatures in myths and stories from around the world. Where did he get his inspiration for the ents from for example? You might be surprised when you learn the answer.[More]

Thursday, May 06, 2004
Barlimans News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
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Frode @ 18:26 PST

The Company march single file into the gloom of Mirkwood. They find that a myriad of animals make sleeping hard and their provisions diminish so that they eventually make the move off the road in search of food. Bombur falls into poisoned water and goes into an unnatural stupor, and a mystical mirage appears causing the companions to get separated from eachother. Lost in the dark Bilbo is attacked by a giant spider.[More]

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Barlimans News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
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Frode @ 20:34 PST

The Company ride on the eagles' backs over the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo is very glad when he is finally deposited back on the ground. When the eagles depart, Gandalf leads them to the house of one of his friends from whom he intends to procure some assistance. This friend is however something of an original and steps must be taken to ensure that the Company will be welcomed to the house of Beorn.[More]

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Barlimans News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
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Frode @ 20:36 PST

Before Sun and Moon two trees gave light to the Blessed Realm, but in a supreme act of evil the diabolus Morgoth destroys the trees and leaves the world in darkness. The symbolism could hardly be stronger. The devastation of Tolkiens childhood countryside haunts this tale and all his works of fiction.[More]

Friday, April 16, 2004
Barlimans News

Hall Of Fire Chats This Weekend
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Frode @ 20:02 PST

Having escaped the Goblins, Bilbo finds that he is still lost in the
vastness of Middle-Earth. His good luck saves him once again though and he soon locates his friends. He tells the story about Gollum to the Compay, but seems disinclined to talk about the Ring. Fearing Goblins out to avenge their dead leader Gandalf urges the Company on. They soon find themselves facing a different enemy however. A band of Wargs forces them to seek refugee in the trees.[More]


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