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In Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series of novels, Roke Knoll is a hill near the center of the island of Roke, the headquarters of wizardry. It is a focus of magical power, being described as "a place where all things appear as they truly are". They say the roots of the hill go all the way down to the center of the earth. Ursula K. Le Guin at an informal bookstore Q&A session, July 2004 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929), is an American author. ... Earthsea is a fictional realm that was created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story The Word of Unbinding, published in 1964, but became more famous in her novel A Wizard of Earthsea, first published in 1968. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Map sources for Roke at grid reference SU6293 Roke is a hamlet in Oxfordshire, England. ... Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings, is an example of a well-known, traditional literary wizard. ... The ancient symbol of the pentagram is often used as a symbol for magic. ...


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Book Review -- Tales from Earthsea (2250 words)
In the days before the school of magic on Roke was founded, after the rule of the Mages, when the Archipelago was ruled by local warlords, a young Gontish carpenter's son with emerging wizardry curses a boat that his father's shop was making, because it would be used for war.
They are skeptical of his intents, since men had razed Roke because of the wizards there, but he eventually earns their trust and they teach him what they know of magic.
The Masters opposing the teaching of the girl come to throw her out by force, but she goes to the knoll, where all things are as they really are and no magic can be done.
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