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  • Hardcover
  • 239 pages
  • Hobberdy Dick
  • Katharine M. Briggs
  • English
  • 16 March 2019
  • 0688800793

10 thoughts on “Hobberdy Dick

  1. Mathew Mathew says:

    I had no idea what I was going to encounter from reading this historical fantasy folkloric tale set in mid seventeenth century Oxfordshire Having dabbled in Briggs work on fairies and anthropology, I knew that the research would be first rate but was pleasantly surprised by the storytelling itself Set in a Cotswold Manor House and told from the perspective our tutelary hero, Hobberdy Dick a hobgoblin of a sort and a protector of the manor itself , the story gives us, at one point, a sweepi I had no idea what I was going to encounter from reading this historical fantasy folkloric tale set in mid seventeenth century Oxfordshire Having dabbled in Briggs work on fairies and anthropology, I knew that the research would be first rate but was pleasantly surprised by the storytelling itself Set in a Cotswold Manor House and told from the perspective our tutelary hero, Hobberdy Dick a hobgoblin of a sort and a protector of the manor itself , the story gives us, at one point, a sweeping dale sized overview of rural Oxfordshire at a time when a breach between the old ways and the new, Puritan ways were eschewing knowledge in its different forms And, at another, a minute, carefully woven insight into pastimes, trades and ways which offer an insight into customs and folkways which light up the pages.Part love story, part ode to the old tales and part creepy ghost story, Hobberdy Dick, felt as if Briggs had cast all her knowledge of fey and folk throughout the centuries into a cauldron, mixed them all with a procession of the human condition and poured it all out into a marvelous bowl of a time of England which has been lost to many


  2. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    Katherine Briggs is was not sure an expert on British folklore anything she has written, both fiction and NF, is fascinating Hobberdy Dick, a wee man or hobgoblin together with some friends, saves the day.Similar to William Mayne s Hob stories.


  3. Andy Murphy-Williams Andy Murphy-Williams says:

    I read it and loved it as a child, and re read it again a few years ago It s magical and wonderful Hobberdy Dick was the inspiration for JK Rowling s house elves and just like Dobby s poignant story, Hobberdy Dick s tale made me sad and happy as well.


  4. Amber Scaife Amber Scaife says:

    Hobberdy Dick is the hobgoblin who protects Widford Manor and has for countless years The house has changed hands and no longer belongs to the original family, and Dick isn t too keen on the new owners He does take a liking to the older son, though, and also a young maidservant, who, it so happens, is the only living relative to the original inhabitant and therefore the rightful heir to the riches buried in the old stableI started this one without high expectations, to be honest I assumed Hobberdy Dick is the hobgoblin who protects Widford Manor and has for countless years The house has changed hands and no longer belongs to the original family, and Dick isn t too keen on the new owners He does take a liking to the older son, though, and also a young maidservant, who, it so happens, is the only living relative to the original inhabitant and therefore the rightful heir to the riches buried in the old stableI started this one without high expectations, to be honest I assumed it would be another children s book from the 50s that hasn t aged well but I was very happily surprised You can t help but love Dick and his well meaning antics, and the young protagonists are very easy to root for I also loved the keeping up of old traditions and beliefs, as lovingly told by the author as they are respected by the manor s working folk Definitely recommended


  5. Nick Swarbrick Nick Swarbrick says:

    This is a good book, full of K M Briggs s amazing scholarship but also a smart little story set in the Cromwellian protectorate, with teasers in odd vocabulary and some gentle twists in the tale I may writewhen friends have finished their own exploration of the story, but enough to say it is a gem.


  6. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    Hobberdy Dick is an ancient hobgoblin, charged with the protection of an old English family and their estate He is dismayed to learn that a new family is coming to his manor, a family with Puritan roots, but he is determined to fix things up to his satisfaction as only a hobgoblin can do.Hobberdy Dick is filled with all the old creatures of magic and all the old stories of long ago England The stories may be familiar to the English, but they were all new to me, an American It s a story that d Hobberdy Dick is an ancient hobgoblin, charged with the protection of an old English family and their estate He is dismayed to learn that a new family is coming to his manor, a family with Puritan roots, but he is determined to fix things up to his satisfaction as only a hobgoblin can do.Hobberdy Dick is filled with all the old creatures of magic and all the old stories of long ago England The stories may be familiar to the English, but they were all new to me, an American It s a story that deserved to be rediscovered


  7. Ivan Ivan says:

    A masterwork of fantasy fiction so good it makes the distinction meaningless Hobberdy Dick is a hobgoblin and was an inspiration for Dobey in the Harry Potter series This tale is set in 1700s and is beautifully written, and often scary in parts Ah, but there is romance too Read it.


  8. Sarah Carless Sarah Carless says:

    I would have been around 13 when I first read this What a fabulous evocative read, with every season made memorable in a way that has reverberated through my life I like to make a point of reading it again each year around Halloween it is after all, about goblins bogles, ghosts and other creatures of English folklore but it s Christmas pagan wassailing Easter egg rolling on Easter Sunday when the sun dances and midsummer with its febrile fecundity and warm velvety nights which make t I would have been around 13 when I first read this What a fabulous evocative read, with every season made memorable in a way that has reverberated through my life I like to make a point of reading it again each year around Halloween it is after all, about goblins bogles, ghosts and other creatures of English folklore but it s Christmas pagan wassailing Easter egg rolling on Easter Sunday when the sun dances and midsummer with its febrile fecundity and warm velvety nights which make this read so enchanting The plot itself is delightful, ending in the physical spiritual release of the dear little hobgoblin of the book s title The ending never fails to make me cry, in a good way


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About the Author: Katharine M. Briggs

Early Life Katharine Briggs was born in Hampstead, London in , and was the eldest of three sisters The Briggs family, originally from Yorkshire, had built up a fortune in the th and th centuries through coal mining and owned a large colliery in Normanton, West Yorkshire With such enormous wealth, Katharine and her family were able to live in luxury with little need to work Briggs s father Ernest was often unwell and divided his time between leafy Hampstead and the clear air of Scotland He was a watercolourist and would often take his children with him when he went to paint the landscape An imaginative storyteller, he loved to tell his children tales and legends these would have a great impact on the young Katharine, becoming her passion in later life When Briggs was her father had Dalbeathie House built in Perthshire and the family moved permanently to Scotland however, tragedy struck when he died two years later Briggs and her two sisters, Winifred and Elspeth, developed a close bond with their mother, Mary, after this all living together for almost fifty years As Briggs and her sisters grew older their main passion was for amateur dramatics They wrote and performed their own plays at their home and Briggs would pursue her interest in theatre throughout her education After leaving school she attended Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, graduating with a BA in and an MA in She specialised in the study of traditional folk tales and th century English history The Folklorist Briggs continued her studies largely as a hobby, while living with her sisters and mother in Burford, Oxfordshire She collected together traditional stories from across the country and the wider world, but did not publish them yet Together she and her sisters performed in plays with local amateur dramatics groups and Briggs wrote historical novels set during the Civil War also unpublished When the Second World War started Briggs joined the WAAF and later taught at a school for the children of Polish refugees After the war Briggs threw herself into her folklore studies, completing her PhD on the use of folklore in th century literature In , the first Katharine Briggs book was published, titled The Personnel of Fairyland, a guide to the folklore of Great Britain This was followed by Hobberdy Dick , a children s story about a hobgoblin in Puritan England Though these books brought a small amount of interest, it was not until the s and s, following the deaths of her sisters and mother, that Briggs became a renowned folklorist In she published another children s book, Kate Crackernuts, and became involved with the Folklore Society of the UK, later being elected as its president in Now a preeminent expert on fairy stories and folklore, she began to lecture across the country and by the s she had been invited to give lectures in the United States and was regularly interviewed on television In she published her masterpiece, the four volume A Dictionary of Folk Tales in the English Language This work remains the definitive collection of British folk stories, becoming a vital resource for writers, academics and storytellers Katharine Briggs died suddenly at the age of on th October At the time of her death she had been working on a memoir of her childhood days in Scotland and Hampstead, where her love of folklore began Information taken from.