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.

Every other Friday starting January 10, 2014, Corey Olsen and his co-hosts Trish and Dave  will talk about Tolkien’s original book as well as later writings pertaining to it in the context of the film adaptation of the book by Peter Jackson, Phillippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh.

Less frequently, and on a to-be-determined schedule, Corey and Laura will review listener comments about the main episodes and occasionally host special guests on “Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory.”

It’s a not-to-be-missed rare chance to hear The Tolkien Professor talk about Hobbit movies from an academic (and still user-friendly) standpoint.

Links to live broadcasts are listed under future episodes below. Links to audio and/or video versions of the taped episodes are listed under past episodes. Audio versions are also available on iTunes (under The Tolkien Professor).

(Note: Posts about Year 1 and 2 episodes can be found by entering and submitting “riddles in the dark” in the search box above.)

(Another Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, an episode may need to be rescheduled. If you have registered for an episode that changes, you will receive email notification of the change.)

(One More Note: Our intro and outro music is included in our episodes with permission of the artists. The Riddles in the Dark intro is “An Expert Burglar” by the Lonely Mountain Band (on their Second Breakfast album) and the outro is RITD fan and wonderful musician Jim Dexter: “The Long Walk,” inspired by Bilbo’s own “there and back again.” Intro and outro music for RITD Supererogatory is by the Lonely Mountain Band: Intro is from “The Sevenfold Meeting” and outro is from “Long Forgotten Gold.”

Riddles in the Dark Year 3 Schedule

Episode 3a
Desolation of Smaug – Reactions and Thoughts
Live: Friday, January 10 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
 Audio Episode

 

Episode 3b
Desolation of Smaug – Analysis of 3 Main Plot Lines
Live: Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode

 

Episode 3.01
Action and Violence
Live: Friday, February 7 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle
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Supererogatory 1
Concerning RITD Episode 3.01
Audio Episode
Conundrum 3.01
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Episode 3.02
Those Elves
Live: Friday, February 21 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle
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Episode 3.03
There and Back Again: The Beginning
Live: Friday, March 7 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle
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Episode 3.04
Meanwhile, Back in Laketown
Live: Friday, March 21 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle
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Episode 3.05
Smaug’s Attack
Live: Friday, April 4 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle
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Episode 3.06
The Siege – Erebor View
Live: Friday, April 18 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
Audio Episode
Riddle
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Episode 3.07
The Siege – Laketown View
Live: Friday, May 2 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.08
The Siege – Thief in the Night
Live: Friday, May 16 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.09
Dol Guldur, Part 1
Live: Friday, May 30 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.10
Dol Guldur, Part 2
Live: Friday, June 13 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.11
Battle of Five Armies, Part 1
Live: Friday, June 27 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.12
Battle of Five Armies, Part 2
Live: Friday, July 11 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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Episode 3.13
Farewell to Thorin
Live: Friday, July 25 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time)
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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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