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Riddles in the Dark 2.05: In Thranduil’s Hall

Time to visit the Elven King’s dungeons and climb into a barrel on Riddles in the Dark!

In this episode, Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen, Trish Lambert, and Dave Kale mull over how the Hall of the Elven King and the barrel escape will be portrayed in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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Riddle: How is the escape by barrel arranged?

A.  By Bilbo, “alone and unaided.”  (Book answer)

B.  In co-operation with at least one dwarvish collaborator.

C.  With the knowing consent or assistance of at least one Elven sympathizer.

D.  With the help of magical intervention from some outside (i.e. non-Ring) source, such as Gandalf, Radagast, Galadriel, or similar. (The second-phase manuscript Plot Notes A answer!)


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.