Sorting out the Rings: Astronomical Tropes in Þragbysig (Exeter Book Riddle 4). / Neville, Jennifer.

Riddles at Work in the Anglo-Saxon Tradition: Words, Ideas, Interactions. ed. / Jennifer Neville; Megan Cavell. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. 1 (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Sorting out the Rings: Astronomical Tropes in Þragbysig (Exeter Book Riddle 4). / Neville, Jennifer.

Riddles at Work in the Anglo-Saxon Tradition: Words, Ideas, Interactions. ed. / Jennifer Neville; Megan Cavell. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. 1 (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Harvard

Neville, J 2019, Sorting out the Rings: Astronomical Tropes in Þragbysig (Exeter Book Riddle 4). in J Neville & M Cavell (eds), Riddles at Work in the Anglo-Saxon Tradition: Words, Ideas, Interactions., 1, Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

APA

Neville, J. (Accepted/In press). Sorting out the Rings: Astronomical Tropes in Þragbysig (Exeter Book Riddle 4). In J. Neville, & M. Cavell (Eds.), Riddles at Work in the Anglo-Saxon Tradition: Words, Ideas, Interactions [1] (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Vancouver

Neville J. Sorting out the Rings: Astronomical Tropes in Þragbysig (Exeter Book Riddle 4). In Neville J, Cavell M, editors, Riddles at Work in the Anglo-Saxon Tradition: Words, Ideas, Interactions. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 2019. 1. (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture).

Author

Neville, Jennifer. / Sorting out the Rings: Astronomical Tropes in Þragbysig (Exeter Book Riddle 4). Riddles at Work in the Anglo-Saxon Tradition: Words, Ideas, Interactions. editor / Jennifer Neville ; Megan Cavell. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture).

BibTeX

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