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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.

" . . . (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.

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    One thing I like about Barliman in this episode ... Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal Jun 15 2008, 11:28pm
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