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Riddles in the Dark 2.12: Smaug Smack Talk

It’s time to talk about the big flying lizard on Riddles in the Dark!

Laura Berkholtz joins Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and Trish Lambert as talk turns to the dragon of the Lonely Mountain. How will he be portrayed? Will he be in league with Sauron? What will Bilbo’s conversation(s) with him be like? Will Benedict Cumberbatch do right by this scaly monster?

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Riddle: How many times will Bilbo enter the dragon’s hoard by way of the secret door in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug?

A. Three times (book answer)

B. Two

C. One

D. More than three

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.