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Riddles in the Dark 2.09: In Case of Emergency, Call the Elven King

Laketown and its place in the North are the focus of this Riddles in the Dark episode.


Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert talk about the political and socioeconomic situation of Laketown in this episode of Riddles in the Dark. What kind of relationship does Laketown (and the Master) have with the Wood Elves (and the Elven King)? Is the Master a despot or simply a corrupt politician? Will the Girion and his descendants even be part of the story? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Riddle: How will the political and economic relationship between Laketown and the Elves of Mirkwood be portrayed?

A. They have a trading agreement (wine or other commodities via barrels, etc.) and are political allies (book answer).

B. They have a trading agreement but aren’t allied at all.

C. They are allied but have no trading agreement.

D. They are not allied and have no trading agreement.

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.