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Riddles in the Dark 2.16: You Be Dragon?

Corey Olsen, Dave Kale, and Trish Lambert take on the flood of information release by Peter Jackson and Company following the live fan event held around the world. A look at the latest trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug as well as scrutiny of posters and Jackson’s video blog. And controversy!  There is a bit of dissension among our co-hosts that spiced up this episode a bit.

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Note: This was a highly visual episode, as Corey et al. tracked back and forth through the videos being considered. If you prefer to watch the episode rather than just listen to the audio, the video is embedded below.


Riddle:  What reason will The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug give for Smaug’s attacking and occupying Erebor?

A. It will give no further explanation beyond the vague reference to wealth in Film 1.

B. It will expand upon the idea that Smaug’s actions are the typical dragon pursuit of hoarded wealth (BOOK answer)

C. He has a special interest in and desire for the Arkenstone (for whatever reason).

D. He did it at the behest or command of Sauron.



Many thanks to the Lonely Mountain Band for allowing our use of their wonderful music to accompany the audio episodes. Season 2 sees excerpts from their new album “Songs of the Dwarves.” Intro: Battle of Azanulbizar; Outro: The Sevenfold Meeting