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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 5

The Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen and co-hosts Dave Kale and Trish Lambert are happy to finally be able to dig into...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 3: It's LEGO Time!

Just in time to save us from an episode of wandering speculations in the void created by Warner Brothers and Peter...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 2: Not a Banner Episode

Co-hosts and live listeners found it hard to like the promotional banner for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Postgame Episode 1: On with the Analysis

The analysis phase kicks off by pondering the trailer for the extended edition of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.16: The Riddle Roundup, Time to Vote!

The whole Riddles in the Dark gang races through all 15 riddles and conundra while Corey casts his votes for all to...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.15: The Journey Home

We wrap up the riddle game with the key question: Will there be a Bag End auction?

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Mythgard at Mythcon 2014

Corey talks to Mythgard students who joined him at Mythcon 45 in August of 2014, as well as an impressive list of...

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Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 6

Corey and Laura share listener observations and present the final five conundra of the riddle game

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Tolkien Chat 18: Comments on the release of Tolkien's Beowulf translation

Professor Olsen comments on the release of J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Beowulf

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.14: The Aftermath

What happens when the dust settles after the battle? Corey and Trish ask the tough questions.

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Bonus Episode: Comic-Con and the Teaser Trailer

Dave and guest listener Karen offer up a first hand view of the Comic-Con experience. Then Corey launches into a...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.13: Farewell to Thorin

Corey and Trish put the "fun" into "funeral" in this installment of Riddles in the Dark, while Dave is off running...

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Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 5

Corey and Trish (standing in for Laura) share great listener observations about the Battle of Dol Guldur (RITD...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.12: The Battle of Five Armies, Part 2

Who's gonna die? That's the big question in this episode of Riddles in the Dark, as The Tolkien Professor and fellow...

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Riddles in the Dark Bonus: Pronunciation Guide

In response to a listener query, Corey walks through Tolkien's language pronunciation and how the names in The Hobbit...

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Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory Episode 4

Corey and Trish (standing in for Laura) go over all the riddles covering the Siege (RITD Episodes 3.06, 3.07 and 3.08)

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.11: The Battle of Five Armies, Part 1

Why will the Elves march to Erebor? Will Bilbo be conscious for the battle? Does Roac constitute one of the armies?...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.10: Dol Guldur Part 2 - The Black Hats

What is Sauron up to? Where are all those Orcs going anyway? And what's going on with the Nazgul? We don't have the...

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Riddles in the Dark Year 3, Phase 2, Episode 3.09: Dol Guldur Part 1 - The White Hats

In a Daveless episode, Trish and Corey consider what will be happening at Dol Guldur in The Hobbit: The Battle of the...

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Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory, Episode III

The third episode of the Riddles in the Dark Supererogatory. The Tolkien Professor addresses your comments and...

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