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LOTR BBC Radio Adaptation: Episode II The Black Riders: The Prancing Pony II


Jun 14 2008, 12:10am

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1. Gandalf is an interesting character here. At Bag End when he caught Sam spying/snooping Sam feared he would be turned into "something unnatural" and now at the Pony, for forgetting to forward/send the letter Barliman fears that Gandalf will turn his ale sour or turn him into a block of wood. Is this just tongue and cheek or is there something else going on here (perhaps the imaginations running wild)? Where did this imagery of Gandalf turning people into things come from?

2. Not sure if I am wording this correct but I think this question has to do with a seemingly contempt attitude between Barliman and Strider. Earlier Frodo had inquire who the stranger was and Barliman had informed Frodo about the Rangers and about Strider and his longshanks. Now Barliman warns Frodo not to take up with a Ranger and there is, not sure if conflict is the right word, but a confrontation of words between Barliman and Strider. To me there seems to be some contempt from a lack of understanding on Barliman's part (and probably the Bree Folk also) and some return contempt from Strider towards Barliman (and the Bree Folk). Does this conflict seem real to you and do the actors provide any insight as to why this might be present in the story?

3. Was anyone else confused on the scene where the Black Rider appears and Nob is heard crying for Merry until the very last line of this episode? If you did not know this from the book is this a hard part of the episode to follow?

4. Do you like hearing Gandalf read his letter to Frodo or would it have been better to have had Frodo read the letter aloud?

5. Never thought of this before, until I listened to the adaptation today, but I have seen threads discuss why Aragorn carried around a broken sword. With Frodo reading Gandalf's letter (i.e. with Gandalf reading it to Frodo), and the poem about Aragorn, is the line "Renewed shall be blade that was broken" and Strider pulls forth the sword that was broken to prove that he is Aragorn, could this be a test pre-establish between Gandalf and Aragorn for Aragorn to validate who he is to the reader of the poem/letter?

6. This episode ends with Merry bursting back into the room to make his announcement on the Black Riders. Thinking about listening to this on the radio and not on the CD would you felt like you were left "hanging" for the next episode or in today's world, would you simply go to the next CD or selection on your MP3 or iPod?

7. That's an interesting point also; think how much technology has changed since this came out in 1981. If this episode was done in today's world with today's technology, for broadcast and sales, what do you think would be different about THIS episode, The Black Riders?

" . . . (we are ) too engrossed in thinking of everything as a preparation or training or making one fit -- for what? At any minute it is what we are and are doing, not what we plan to be and do that counts."

J.R.R. Tolkien in his 6 October 1940 letter to his son Michael Tolkien.

(This post was edited by ArathornJax on Jun 14 2008, 12:11am)

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LOTR BBC Radio Adaptation: Episode II The Black Riders: The Prancing Pony II ArathornJax Send a private message to ArathornJax Jun 14 2008, 12:10am
    Interesting point Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal Jun 14 2008, 3:31am
        Yes, Arathorn, I hadn't thought about that before... Patty Send a private message to Patty Jun 14 2008, 4:30pm
    Listening to it on the radio Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Jun 16 2008, 7:02pm


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