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Djävulens nya kläder

Djävulens nya kläder: essäer
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AuthorErik Ryding
PublisherStockholm: Natur och kultur
Format19.5 × 12.5 cm

Djävulens nya kläder: essäer (The Devil's New Clothes: Essays) is a Swedish-language book written by the academic philosopher and teacher Erik Ryding. One of the essays (pp. 121-137) deals with J.R.R. Tolkien: "Trollkarlens Återkomst" ("The Return of the Wizard"). The essay is a response to a newspaper article, "Tolkien och tiden" ("Tolkien and Time"), published in Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten (Malmö), 26 January 1961.[1]

Tolkien's publisher in Sweden, AWE/Gebers, sent him a copy of Djävulens nya kläder. Apparently, Tolkien was able to read the essay in Swedish.[2]


  1. Bertenstam, Åke. A Chronological Bibliography of Books About Tolkien
  2. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 575