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Riddles in the Dark 19: Sauron – Hot or Not?

It’s time to talk about the Big Baddie on Riddles in the Dark!

Prof. Corey Olsen and Dave Kale (with occasional incursions by Trish Lambert) consider the question of Sauron in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but only after catching up on a few of the images and news items that have been steadily flowing onto the Internet. The new movie scroll, the Goblin-infested poster, and the “Goblin King,” Bolg, and Grinnah toy sets come under the most intense scrutiny. Plus, after the broadcast was done and Dave had left for school-related commitments, Corey and Trish continue the discussion, which includes commentary on Billy Connolly’s remarks about Tolkien and his fans in a recent interview.

You can find the images that are discussed in this episode in posts on the Riddles in the Dark Predictions Facebook page.


Riddle: How will Sauron the Necromancer appear in the first film?

A. He will be referred to in dialogue, but will make no direct appearance on screen

B. He will never appear on camera, but we will hear his voice.

C. He will appear in a form we saw in LOTR (black armor humanoid, flaming eyeball, etc.)

D. He will appear in a non-corporeal, non-LOTR form (e.g., some kind of wraith or shadow)

E. He will appear in a corporeal, non-LOTR form (e.g., cloaked/hooded wizard, fair form, etc.)


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[Note from Trish: I apologize for the sound quality of portions of this episode. My recording software and I are still getting to know one another, and there are places where I come booming in where Corey is much quieter as well as other irritations. Improvements will be evident in future episodes…I promise!]