“I don’t think it’s a spoiler.” / ‘They’re rescued by the eagles.’ / ‘Maybe they’re just wolves that talk.’ / “Sunny in Philadelphia.” / “Ignorance, combined with sincerity, combined with self-righteousness.” / “Infomercials for like egg timers.” / “The whole patent system is totally broken.” / “Just look for the outdated logo with the CD still in it.” / “I’ll tell you what: that show is stupid.” / “Advocating for more critical viewership is always a good thing.”
“He’s going to be a really foresty kind of wizard” / “There’s this area call Dul Golder or something” / “What has Gandalf been doing in this time?” / “Now the Nazgul appear to be loose.” / “I think in the books it’s more ambiguous.” / “So goblins riding on wolves come and attack.” / “Now we’re looking at a standoff situation.” / “Maybe he just wanted to move to Mordor. And in fact, this is where he’s setting up shop.” / ‘Sounds like a really exciting close to a good novel.’ / “People of Lake Town want some compensation.”
Here I conclude my retelling of the The Hobbit[Kindle version] [Google Play version] [iBooks version] by J.R.R. Tolkien, which I recounted the first two thirds or so of in a previous podcast (episode #50). This book is the subject of three forthcoming movies from Peter Jackson. For much greater detail about this topic, you can listen to The Tolkien Professor podcast. We left off in podcast 50 with the hobbit Bilbo along with Thorin and the other dwarves dug with the Wood Elves and Lake Men laying siege to the Lonely Mountain. From there I explain to Jessica what Gandalf is up to during his prolonged absence (down in Mirkwood fighting the Necromancer [with Galadriel?]), along with how Thorin and his company find themselves caught up in the Battle of Five Armies against the goblins. We speculate as to whether Smaug the dragon will fly in to visit the Necromancer (aka Sauron?) in one of the movies. In addition, I note the casting of Christopher Lee as showing that Saruman (in his less evil days?) should have some part in this Hobbit trilogy.
“The dragon actually wears armor!”/ “The dwarves aren’t really that interested in sharing.” / “They’re working their way towards the Misty Mountains when they encounter a group of trolls.” / “It really doesn’t help that they’re still stuck up in the trees.” / “But he demands that his ponies be sent back after..another stretch of their journey.” / “It’s like this psychedelic water.” / “A terrible world of goblins.” / “And they’re hungry and stuff.” / “Everybody disappears. The lights go out.”