Riddles in the Dark

 

Riddles in the Dark

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Join the Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, Trish Lambert, Laura Berkholtz and guests for discussion of the third and final Hobbit film. In the main episodes, Corey Olsen and his co-hosts Trish and Dave  talk about Tolkien’s original book as well as later writings in the context of the Peter Jackson’s film. Less frequently, and on a to-be-determined schedule, Corey and Laura review listener comments about the main episodes and occasionally host special guests on “Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory.” Registration links for live broadcasts are listed below by schedule date. Links to audio and/or video versions of the taped episodes are listed under past episodes. Audio versions are also available through The Tolkien Professor channel on iTunes.

Talk Amongst Yourselves….

There are several ways you can interact with RITD hosts and other listeners:

  • When you attend the live broadcast, you can post comments and questions for the hosts within the Netmoot. At the same time, you can open this page and click on the bouncing Chat box here.
  • If you listen to the podcast, or listened live but needed to do some mulling before commenting, you can post to our free forum. If you haven’t already registered to use the Mythgard Academy class forums, fill out the registration form and you’ll will get your own access to the forum.
  • And, of course, there is still the Riddles in the Dark Predictions Facebook page.

Trying to Remember??

Do you want to go back to listen to any of the Year 1 and 2 episodes?  Just search on “riddles in the dark” in the box at the top of the page and you’ll find past episodes. If you subscribe to The Tolkien Professor on iTunes, you can get back episodes there too.

Those Pesky Life Circumstances…

Though we are committed to the schedule listed below, life circumstances sometimes intervene and demand that we reschedule an episode. If you have alredy reserved a seat for a live broadcast using the links below, you will  automatically receive email notification if the episode(s) you’ve registered for have been rescheduled.

That Great Music

The music we use in our episodes includes:

  •  “Expert Treasure Hunter” by the Lonely Mountain Band (RITD intro)
  • “The Long Walk,” inspired by Bilbo’s own “there and back again” by  RITD fan and wonderful musician Jim Dexter (RITD outro)
  • “The Sevenfold Meeting” by the Lonely Mountain Band (RITDS intro)
  •  “Long Forgotten Gold” by the Lonely Mountain Band (RITDS outro)

Many thanks to John Di Bartolo and Jim Dexter for permission to use their tunes.

Riddles in the Dark Year 3 Schedule

Episode 3a Desolation of Smaug – Reactions and Thoughts Live: Friday, January 10
 Audio Episode

Episode 3b Desolation of Smaug – Analysis of 3 Main Plot Lines Live: Friday, January 24
Audio Episode

Episode 3.01 Action and Violence Live: Friday, February 7
Audio Episode
Riddle

Supererogatory I Concerning RITD Episode 3.01
Audio Episode
Conundrum 3.01 

Episode 3.02 Those Elves Live: Friday, February 21
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.03 There and Back Again: The Beginning Live: Friday, March 7
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.04 Meanwhile, Back in Laketown Live: Friday, March 21
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.05 Smaug’s Attack Live: Friday, April 4
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.06 The Siege, Erebor View Live: Friday, April 18
Audio Episode
Riddle

Supererogatory II Concerning RITD Episode 3.02 and 3.03
Audio Episode
Conundrum 3.02 and 3.03

Episode 3.07 The Siege, Laketown View Live: Friday, May 2
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.08 The Siege, Thief in the Night Live: Friday, May 16
Audio Episode
Riddle

Supererogatory III Concerning RITD Episode 3.04 and 3.05
Audio Episode
Conundrum 3.04 and 3.05

Episode 3.09 Dol Guldur, Part 1 – The White Hats  Live: Friday, May 30
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.10 Dol Guldur, Part 2 – The Black Hats Live: Monday, June 16
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.11 Battle of Five Armies, Part 1 Live: Friday, June 27
Audio Episode
Riddle

Supererogatory IV Concerning RITD Episodes 3.06, 3.07 and 3.08
Audio Episode
Conundra 3.06, 3.07 and 3.08

Bonus Pronunciation Guide
Audio Episode

Episode 3.12 Battle of Five Armies, Part 2 Live: Friday, July 11 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle

Supererogatory V Concerning RITD Episodes 3.09 and 3.10
Audio Episode
Conundra 3.09 and 3.10

Episode 3.13 Farewell to Thorin Live: Friday, July 25 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle

Episode 3.14 Mountain, Lake, and Wood – The Aftermath Live: Friday, August 8 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.15 Bilbo’s Return Journey Live: Friday, August 22 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.16 The End – Year 3 in Review Live: Friday, September 5 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Here ends the Riddles in the Dark game, forever. Game participants will submit their answer sheets prior to the next live episode.

Postgame Episode 1 Live: Friday, September 19 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Postgame Episode 2 Live: Friday, October 3 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Postgame Episode 3 Live: Friday, October 17 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Postgame Episode 4 Live: Friday, October 31 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Postgame Episode 5 Live: Friday, November 14 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Postgame Episode 6 Live: Friday, November 28 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Postgame Episode 7 Live: Friday, December 12 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Dates for post-movie-release episodes are to be determined and will be listed here when confirmed.

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