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BBC LOTR Radio Adaptation: Episode II The Black Riders Summary and Thoughts


Jun 14 2008, 12:43pm

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Episode II begins with Gandalf's escape from Orthanc with Gwaihir and going to Edoras where he confronts Theoden and then goes and tames Shadowfax. The nine Black Riders led by the Lord of the Nazgul confront Saruman and then Wormtongue and thus discover the location of the Shire. Merry leaves via carts to Crickhollow and Frodo, Sam and Pippin leave Bag End walking/hiking to Crickhollow. The Gaffer confronts a Black Rider and sends him on his way. Frodo, Sam and Pippin make it to Farmer Maggot's and then to Crickhollow where th conspiracy is unmasked. From there they go via the Old Forest to Bree where we meet Barliman and Strider. The episode ends with Merry bursting in and proclaiming he has seen the Black Riders in Bree.

In this episode we meet Merry, Pippin, Farmer Maggot, Barliman, Strider/Aragorn, Wormtongue, Theoden, Gwaihir and Nob.

Before closing, I would like to comment on Aragorn and Sir Robert Stephens portrayal. At first for me, the interpretation comes across harsh at first yet I think that is what they wanted because this is how the Bree folk viewed Rangers, and Strider wanted to uphold that image. Also, Strider felt I think like Barliman that the four hobbits were acting more like on holiday then on a danger mission/quest. For me the turning point at this episode for Aragorn is the laugh in the room, I think we begin to see the character begin to emerge. The farther I get into the adaptation the more I really appreciated Sir Robert's job here. I agree with Idril that the Shakespearean training of Sir Robert brings out a royal dignity to the character that I really enjoy.

Please feel free to add any of your own comments, insights or things we didn't discuss that you would like to.

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Jun 15 2008, 8:07pm

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About your closing comment....
The change of accent thing is something i noticed and thought about when i first heard the series, before i joined TORN, so i've been interested in your thoughts on this.
In your last thoughts you mention about Aragorn's Image change and say that this is intentional.
Would you say that this includes his accent.
Originally i thought it was , how can i put this ?..... accidental... i suppose.
But now i'm revising my thoughts !
I agree with you about his Shakespearean acting bringing out a good performance as the series goes on!

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Jun 15 2008, 11:28pm

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One thing I like about Barliman in this episode ... [In reply to] Can't Post

After Strider's told him that the Black Riders come from Mordor, Barliman hesitates for just an instant before promising to help the hobbits. This little pause shows that Barliman has at least some understanding of the danger that he's being placed in -- yet, after only a moment's consideration, he decides to help despite his reservations. A very nice performance by James Grout here, who adds a lot to the character of Barliman!

And a big thank-you to ArathornJax for leading the discussion this week!

We're discussing the BBC Lotrd of the Rings Radio Play on the Movie Discussion - LOTR board.

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Jun 17 2008, 1:18am

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Aragorn being more harsh at first being a reflection of how he's perceived helps my acceptance of him a bit. Thank you :)

I think the way each of the characters has been introduced into the story is just as effective as in the text. I still really like Butterbur and Maggot the most in this adaptation.


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