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Riddles in the Dark 2.01: Ursa Major or Ursa Minor?

Season 2 of Riddles in the Dark Starts Big with Beorn!

Professor Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert kick off the countdown to The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug by considering Beorn, his role in the book, and possible role in the movie.

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.

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RIDDLE 2.01: How will the film treat Beorn’s relationship with the goblins?

A.  He resents them for displacing him from his mountain territory (Book answer).
B.  He has a more personal grudge against them from his own or family history (“They killed my parents,” or similar).
C.  His hatred against the goblins is in some way explicitly linked to Thorin and his family history.
D.  He has no particular grudge against goblins at all.