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Silmarillion Seminar 22: Huan More Week

The twenty-second session of the Silmarillion Seminar, in which we spend an unprecedented third week on Chapter 19 of...

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Riddles in the Dark 10: We finally discuss the "Hobbit!"

Only four months into the podcast, we finally get around to talking about The Hobbit's titular character, Bilbo...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 27

J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major, Pages 35-39 Recorded 04/01/11.

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Riddles in the Dark 9: Framing the Issue

We go back to the very beginning...of first Hobbit film, that is. How will The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey open...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 26

J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major, Pages 9-34 Recorded 3/30/11.

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WC Faerie Course, Session 25

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 21-32 Recorded 3/28/11.

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Riddles in the Dark 8: Cinemacon Emergency Edition

The hosts hop on the Cinemacon debate bandwagon and weigh in on the "Tomb of the Ringwraiths." How will Sauron's most...

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Riddles in the Dark 7: The Split, Part 2

The second in a two-part series on the most hotly debated Hobbit question: where will the two films be split? In this...

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Riddles in the Dark 6: The Split, Part 1

The first in a two-part series on the most hotly debated Hobbit question: where will the two films be split? In this...

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WC Faerie Course, Session 24

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 11-20 Recorded 3/25/11.

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Silmarillion Seminar 21: Random Things Mandos Said at a Party.

The twenty-first session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing the second part of Chapter 19 of the Quenta...

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Riddles in the Dark 5: Troll Dilemmas

The first RITD episode to address humor in the Hobbit; this week we focus on Bilbo's first "successful adventure"...

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Riddles in the Dark Digest 1

Co-host Dave reviews the first two topics, Thrain and Thror, and presents predictions, arguments, and feedback from...

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Silmarillion Seminar 20: Thingol, Father of the Year.

The twentieth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion, " Of Beren and...

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Riddles in the Dark 4: Thorin Oakenshield

A discussion of the great dwarf leader, Thorin Oakenshield, one of the main characters of The Hobbit and how he will...

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Riddles in the Dark 3: The Battle of Azanulbizar

A discussion of the great Battle of Azanulbizar, and an analysis of the possiblity of its conflation with the Battle...

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Riddles in the Dark 2: The Fall of the House of Durin

A discussion of the misfortunes of the House of Durin, Thror and predictions based on casting for the character.

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WC Faerie Course, Session 23

George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 1-10 Recorded 3/23/11.

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Silmarillion Seminar 19: Fingolfin, We Hardly Knew Ye.

The nineteenth session of the Silmarillion Seminar, discussing Chapter 18 of the Quenta Silmarillion, " Of the Ruin...

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Riddles in the Dark 1: Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror

A discussion of Thror and Thrain, and predictions about Thrain's depiction in the film.

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