Using riddles as a starting point - the ones that appear in The Hobbit, and ancient riddles from Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic sources - Adam Roberts explores some puzzling aspects of Tolkien’s works that you may not have thought about in quite the same way before.
There’s much of interest in this book for the Tolkien enthusiast.
Even aspects of Tolkien’s work that might be familiar to most (e.g. the re-writing post-publication of the ‘Riddles In The Dark’ chapter) are presented and examined in a refreshing way.
Recommended if you’ve ever wondered why Bilbo Baggins had pockets when everyone else carried their valuables in purses, or why the Ring (symbol of marriage) seemingly had no effect on one of the few characters in The Lord of the Rings with an actual wife (Bombadil).
Pieter Collier of tolkienlibrary.com calls this ‘An excellent piece of research and an amazing in depth analysis of all there is to be said about riddles in connection with J.R.R.Tolkien.’
Adam Roberts is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Title: The Riddles of the Hobbit
Author: Adam Roberts
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication : November 1st 2013
Edition: 1st ed 1st imp
Hardcover with unclipped dustjacket
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