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Riddles in the Dark 3.06: The Siege, Erebor View

Audio Episode How will Thorin summon Dain and the Dwarves of the Iron Hills? A.  A raven or other kind of bird B.  A subset of the dwarves will go fetch Dain. C.  Dain and his people will come without summons D. The Arkenstone will mystically signal loyal dwarves to join their king E.  None of […]

Riddles in the Dark 3.05: Smaug’s Attack

Audio Episode   What will the Master be doing during Smaug’s attack? A. Escaping Laketown (book answer) B. Cowering somewhere in town C. Shouting orders while obviously staying clear of danger D. Moving around in the middle of the action E. None of the above Corey: B Trish: B Dave:  B Listener Poll: A -63% B- […]

RITD Supererogatory 1: Concerning RITD 3.01

Audio episode Welcome to the very first episode of the Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory. Super-what you say? Well, the word supererogatory has a long and illustrious history, but that’s not important now. What is important is that we go above and beyond the call of duty in bringing you these episodes, where The Tolkien […]

Riddles in the Dark 3.04: Meanwhile, Back in Laketown

Audio Episode How will Bard escape prison? A. He escapes on his own B. The Dwarves get him out (perhaps with help from Tauriel) C. Bard’s son gets him out D. A combination of B and C E. None of the above Corey: B Trish: D Dave:  B Listener Poll: D A -0% B- 0% […]

Riddles in The Dark 3.03: The Beginning of #3

Audio Episode Where will The Hobbit: There and Back Again begin? A. An historic flashback in any location B. Erebor in the present C. Laketown in the present D. Dol Guldur in the present E. None of the above (including prolog or frame narrative)   Corey: D Trish: A Dave:  E Listener Poll: A

Riddles in the Dark 3.02 – Those Elves

Audio Episode What stand will Legolas and Tauriel take regarding the Siege of Erebor? A. Neither openly defies Thranduil (book answer with two characters who aren’t in the book!) B. Legolas supports his father, Tauriel openly defies him C. Tauriel supports Thranduil, Legolas defies him D. Both openly defy Thranduil Corey: D Trish: B Dave: […]

Riddles in the Dark 3.01 – Action and Violence

Episode Audio Who will kill Azog in The Hobbit: There and Back Again? A.  Dain (book answer, kind of) B.  Beorn C.  A member of the Company (including Thorin and Bilbo) D.  A member of the White Council E.  A combination of two or more of the above F.  None of the above   Corey: […]

Riddles in the Dark Episode 3b Now Available!

The second installment of Phase 1 of Year 3 of Riddles in the Dark team sees us revisiting The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug one last time. Three key themes are considered in the context of how they will follow through into The Hobbit: There and Back Again: 1) Dark versus Light; 2) Tauriel and Legolas […]

Riddles in the Dark: Year 2 Winner Certificates

The Riddles in the Dark winner certificates for Year 2 are here! Did you get a better score than Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Riddles in the Dark  game? If you did, congratulations!!! Winner certificate are ready to download. Just find your name (alphabetical by surname), click on it, and […]

Riddles in the Dark: Year 2 Answers

The independent judge panel has determined the correct answers for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Riddles in the Dark. The results are in! Get out your list and compare your answers to the judges’ determination. Their ruling is final, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a spirited discussion about any that cause your eyebrows […]