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Riddles in the Dark 2.03: Into the Woods

Greenwood, Mirkwood…What Wood?

What will the Company find in their travels through the forest? Professor Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert discuss the possibilities in this episode of Riddles in the Dark. How will the corruption of the forest be portrayed? What relationship will the Elves have with this corruption? Will Bilbo climb a tree and see black butterflies? (Trish’s day was made when one of the listeners confirmed that the answer to the last question is YES! Check it out!) And this image came as a surprise to everyone.

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RIDDLE 2.03: How will the Elves’ relationship with the encroaching evil in Mirkwood be depicted?

A.  The forest is uniformly dark with no “light/dark” boundary but Elves are living at peace (book answer).
B.  The forest is uniformly dark with no boundary and Elves are living in crisis.
C.  There is a clear and unchallenged evil/Elf realm demarcation and the Elves are living in peace (the Doriath answer).
D.  There is an actively defended boundary between the encroaching evil and the Elf realm (i.e., Elves are in crisis).


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.