Bilbo and his magic ring are in the batter’s box for Riddles in the Dark!
Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert consider the most prominent inanimate character in the history of the Third Age of Middle-earth and how Jackson will portray it in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. How will Bilbo use his ring? What kind of effect will we see it have on him? How will the rest of the company find out about it? This last question, in fact, is the question of this episode’s riddle.
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Riddle: How and when will Bilbo reveal the Ring to the Company (i.e., the Dwarves)?
A. He voluntarily reveals it before the barrel escape.
B. It is revealed against his will before the barrel escape.
C. He voluntarily reveals it after the barrel escape.
D. It is revealed against his will after the barrel escape.
E. Bilbo does not reveal the Ring at all in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
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.