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Riddles in the Dark 2.11: We’ll Always Have the Carrock

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Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert talk relationships in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Specifically, Bilbo’s and Thorin’s relationship; generally, Bilbo’s relationships with the rest of the Company (including Gandalf).  Getting their bearings by reviewing Tolkien’s portrayal of the hobbit and the Dwarf King, our intrepid trio consider the direction Peter Jackson’s appears to have taken in the first movie of the trilogy, and what kind arc the relationship will take to the conclusion-everyone-knows-it-will-have in the third movie. Talk also touches on the others in the Company who aid and advise Bilbo in both book and film, as well as the relationship that Bilbo has with Gandalf on page and on screen.

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Riddle: What is Thorin’s attitude toward Bilbo at the end of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug?

A. Ever-increasing trust and dependence upon his judgment.(book answer).

B. Private suspicions and tension between them.

C. Open resistance to Bilbo and his ideas but not quite outright hostility.

D. Outright hostility, rapidly approaching “descendent of rats” and “throwing him down from the walls.”

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.