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Riddles in the Dark 21: Songs and Poems

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Professor Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert consider what we know at the moment about Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. At least as much time is spent talking about how the songs and poems are presented in the Rankin/Bass animated version of The Hobbit. Corey talks at some length about the significance of songs in the book and how Tolkien uses them to tell us about characters and to move the story along. And a bonus…Dave demonstrates his high level of enlightenment in the writing of four little words: “I was completely wrong.”

Listen to the Movie 1 soundtrack or check out “Blunt the Knives

Riddle: Will the six songs from the book be included and how?

 A. Contrary to all evidence, all six songs will make their way into the movie.

B. Significant portions of songs will be included (perhaps as dialogue or poetry) with or without music.

C. Most or all of the songs will be referenced on-screen with only a passing reference or a snippet of verse.

D. The only book songs to be included will be the two listed in the published soundtrack.


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