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The riddles of The hobbit

Author: Adam Roberts
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave macmillan, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Riddles have lost none of their power over us: we are as fascinated by mysteries, from sudoko to whodunnits, from jokes to philosophical conundrums. The Hobbit is a book threaded through with riddles; most obviously in its central Riddles in the Dark chapter, but everywhere else too. What is a burrahobbit? How many versions of the Hobbit are there? What is the buried secret in the nine riddles Bilbo and Gollum swap  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Roberts
ISBN: 9781137373632 1137373636
OCLC Number: 865062444
Description: vi, 186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Anglo-Saxon riddleworld --
Cynewulf and the Exeter Book --
Riddles in the dark --
The puzzle of the two hobbits --
The riddle of Bilbo's pocket --
The riddle of the ring --
The Lord of the rings and the riddle of writing --
The Volsung riddle : character in Tolkien --
The enigma of genre fantasy --
... And back again?
Responsibility: Adam Roberts.

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Riddles are threaded through The Hobbit , and are key to Tolkien's creative imagination. The Riddles of The Hobbit situates this novel and the rest of Tolkien's writing in the context of Old English  Read more...

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"A riddling book about a riddling writer, a philological exercise concerning the works of a philologist. I wish there were more books like this. ... The book offers much more sober insights into Read more...

 
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