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Riddles in the Dark Midyear Review for Movie 2

Reviewing the riddles and conundra that have been posed so far on Riddles in the Dark In this riddle-less and Dave-less episode, Tolkien Professor...

Reviewing the riddles and conundra that have been posed so far on Riddles in the Dark

In this riddle-less and Dave-less episode, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Trish Lambert, and Laura Berkholtz review all the riddles and conundra posed so far for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and discuss them in light of the first trailer for the movie.

This is a great opportunity to get caught up on your own answers on the Riddles in the Dark Predictions Facebook page. All the questions are available to be responded to the end of July; after that, we will go back to retiring each question at the approximate 30 day mark.


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Many thanks to the Lonely Mountain Band for allowing our use of their wonderful music to accompany the episodes. Season 2 sees excerpts from their new album “Songs of the Dwarves.” Intro: Battle of Azanulbizar; Outro: The Sevenfold Meeting.

  1. Duke of Earl Grey July 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I have a far-fetched theory on how the elves and lake men could be using a river full of rapids and waterfalls for commerce, but first I’m going to tell a story. Don’t worry, it will be relevant.

    My family was at Knott’s Berry Farm on an occasion, and my then 5-year-old brother was scared to go on the log ride, because from the line he could see how the logs went down a steep incline at the end. My mom told him not to worry, because when you reach the top of the log ride there was a man in a little booth, and you could tell him either you wanted to go down the steep way or, if he pulled a lever, he could make your log go down a nice, slow way instead. That satisfied my brother, until they got to the top of the ride, ready to go over, and there was no man in a little booth and no nice slow way down. As they began the plunge, he wailed, “You lied to meeeeeeeee!”

    What was the point of that story? I like stories. But somewhat related to it, I can only suppose the elves have constructed some sort of canal system connected to the forest river, and when they have goods to trade, they turn a crank, open the canal, and the barrels going back to lake town take a nice, slow route around the river waterfalls. Perhaps Bilbo plans to use the canal, but things go badly wrong when the elf manning the crank says, “Oh, yeah? Let’s see you handle the scary log ride!”

  2. Murray July 16, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    This review was great, thanks. I admire the Perfesser’s willingness to choose A for 2.07, just for the fun of it.

    I’m not planning to change any of my answers, although I am less sure about 2.05 (C for the barrel escape), and 2.06 (A for Bard’s relationship with the company). For the latter, I’d be tempted to switch to D but, as I commented after the episode, I don’t think his opposition is ‘open’ so much as it is that it thinks it a fool’s errand.

    One other comment: I still dislike the barrel/river scene as it will likely appear. Open barrels on a raging river just seems ridiculous. I think it was Dave who said they could’ve had a very brief scene of the closed barrels floating on a calm river (with Bilbo rolling into the water on his, as comedic relief) and have saved that time for other scenes. Oh well.

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