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Riddles in the Dark 2.08: The Beginning of Desolation

Considering the start of #2 on Riddles in the Dark!

Who can spend just under an hour and half pondering how a movie might begin? When the movie is one of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit installments, it is Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and his Riddles in the Dark co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert.

How will The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug open? Will events just pick up where they left off in the first movie, or will they shift to some other location and situation? Or will we get more exposition? A flashback? Or will we be back in Bag End with Bilbo as he writes his story? This is the gist of this episode’s riddle, and there is a lot to talk about around each choice.

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Riddle: How will The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug begin?

A. Action continues in real time, either with the Company or somewhere else.

B. Return to the frame narrative of old Bilbo at Bag End.

C. A flashback

D. Exposition

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.