Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan - Pam Jones (25.08.13 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

Pam Jones is a full time writer and poet. She was inspired by JRR Tolkien’s fantastic works The Hobbit initially, and then more recently by Peter Jackson’s first part, of three, films. 

Therefore she wrote a range of 40 riddles inspired, and based on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and called the book that holds them Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan.

Each riddle comprises four lines of poetry, the majority being in rhyme, with the answer on the following page.

Some riddles are easy, and some are hard, but all are solvable and intended to be fun.

Why not try them with your friends as a quiz-game!

Paperback copies are available for booksignings and upon request, from late July 2013.  A new interactive e-book format is available (in the next few weeks).

Riddles by a JRR Tolkien Fan

Before the release of the paperback the book was only available as an e-book. The thing with e-books is that they are easily produced and the cover images sometimes shows the worst of DIY work. In this case I wished I should not have shown the cover image, since I feel like it screams at you. Could be my own opinion, but the yellow on black, the horrible typefont and the shade behind the ring just all looks so unprofessional and ugly that I did not feel like going on. The next thing that kept me thinking was whether the name J.R.R. Tolkien can be used like this... alas the title Riddles by a J.R.R. Tolkien Fan fascinated me and so I had a look at the rest of the book. Also, the author received permission from The JRR Tolkien Estate Ltd to publish the book, as you will see on the copyright page.

If you like riddles and you inner hobbits awakes, then this book is good for you. Here are some examples:

Composed of wood, with many leaves
Attached to spine, instead of branch
Yet not a breath, will it exhale
Appearing dead, to untrained eyes

Magic I posess
I glow when I'm near Orcs
Made by skilful Elves
I'm Bilbo's famous sword

And probably you guessed the second one in an instance and took some longer to find 'book'...
Riddles in the Dark by Cor Blok

The author, clearly a fan of The Hobbit, must have had the same idea as the creaters of the Riddles in the Dark page:
"Feeling tricksy my precious? Up for a game? Try to answer my riddles or submit one of your own."

Except for the fact that that web page just steals original riddles from the book and the book has original and new riddles... clearly the system is the same. One page with a riddle, another with the answer. At the website you can at least send in new ones and got all the blinky sharing buttons... and the book already ends after only 40 brainbrakers. But as said I received info fromt he author that in the coming weeks an new interactive format will be available. Sounds interesting!

Title: Riddles by a J.R.R. Tolkien Fan
Pam Jones

Tricorn Books
Publication Date:
1 July 2013

paperback, 83 pages
ISBN-10: 1909660051
ISBN-13: 978-1909660052

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