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Riddles in the Dark: Episode Three

The third episode of Riddles in the Dark is here!

Prof. Corey Olsen and Dave Kale tackle one of their favorite events in all of Middle-earth history: The Battle of Azanulbizar.  Heroic deeds, cinematic taunts, slaughter and death, and, of course, the burned dwarves, they cover it all.  They share some of their favorite passages from Appendix A of The Return of the King, delve into the geography of the valley of Azanulbizar and its appearance in The Lord of the Rings, and speculate about how the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs may factor into the The Hobbit film and its backstory.  They also address listener feedback about Thrain and Thror and share the “shadow and a threat” that have been growing in their sleep: will the filmmakers conflate the Battle of Azanulbizar and the Battle of Five Armies?

Prediction of the Week: will the filmmakers conflate the Battle of Azanulbizar with the Battle of Five Armies?

(A) No, not at all, they will be depicted completely separately.
(B) Yes, partially.  They’ll retain the idea of the Battle of Azanulbizar but some elements will be incorporated into the Battle of Five Armies.
(C) Yes.  The Battle of Azanulbizar will be completely removed and whatever elements appear on-screen will do so in the Battle of Five Armies.
 

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