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The Riddles of the Hobbit

Author: Adam Roberts
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Riddles are more than a diverting pastime; they are expressive and beguiling rebuses that touch on larger mysteries, powerful questions and paradoxes also embodied in the Catholicism that informed so much of Tolkien's imaginative life. Ranging widely across Tolkien's creative life, The Riddles of the The Hobbit explores the importance of riddles to the Anglo-Saxon and Norse cultures that inspired him, and discusses  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; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Roberts
ISBN: 9781137373632 1137373636
OCLC Number: 867852599
Description: vi, 186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Anglo-Saxon riddleworld --
Cynewulf and the Exeter book --
Riddles in the dark --
The riddles of the all-wise --
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, Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
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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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