The riddles of The hobbit

Adam Roberts

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 does 'Good Morning' mean? 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 between one another? What are Ents? Dragons? Wizards? What is the magic of the magic ring? All these questions, and more, are answered in The Riddles of The Hobbit, the first critical engagement with Tolkien's great novel to take 'the riddle' seriously as a key structuring principle of the novel. 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. Ringing widely across Tolkien's creative life, The Riddles of The Hobbit explores the importance of riddles to the Anglo Saxon and Norse cultures that inspired him, and discusses scores of riddles offering (usually) more than one answer for each. This is a critical study of the playful aspect of a great writer that takes his playfulness seriously; it explores and embodies ingenuity; and comes to some original and-on occasion-startling new conclusions.

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  • List of Illustrations Preface 1. The Anglo-Saxon Riddleworld 2. Cynewulf and the Exeter Book 3. Riddles in the Dark 4. The Riddles of the All-Wise 5. The Puzzle of the two Hobbits 6. The Riddle of Bilbo's Pocket 7. The Riddle of the Ring 8. The Lord of the Rings and the Riddle of Writing 9. The Volsung Riddle: Character in Tolkien 10. The Enigma of Genre Fantasy 11. ...And Back Again. Bibliography Index

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書名 The riddles of The hobbit
著作者等 Roberts, Adam
Roberts Adam
出版元 Palgrave Macmillan
刊行年月 2013
ページ数 vi, 186 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9781137373632
NCID BB17546961
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス