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Creating a Riddle-Poem!
« on: May 04, 2020, 10:29:59 PM »
This page explains the historical context of riddles and Tolkien's poetic influences in creating them, as well as their form in The Hobbit with attention to their use of alliteration and end rhyme. This resource also goes in depth on application of poetic devices such as prosody and meter, as well as how their use has changed over time.

This guide could be used to facilitate students' interpretation of the riddles in the text or to provide a basic structure inspired by those in The Hobbit to create their own riddles. A class incorporating riddles could be focused on modeling riddles for the same purpose they are used in the text (e.g., interacting through riddles between Bilbo and Gollum or Smaug), or students can engage in a riddle-writing competition to create the most clever riddle.

Some helpful steps for writing a riddle include:
  • Pick a subject.
  • Imagine the subject speaking to you.
  • If that doesn't work, analogize the subject to a body or creature.
  • Adjust the description to the level of difficulty you want."
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