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Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Farmer Giles of Ham (original 1949; edition 1949)

by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author)

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In this fiftieth anniversary edition of the Tolkien classic, Farmer Giles, his mare, and his talking dog go into the valley of the Thames to fight the dragon Chrysophylax. Includes the author's previously unpublished notes for a sequel.
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Info:Allen & Unwin (1949), Edition: First Edition, 80 pages
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The first Tolkien I ever read, I remembered this as hilarious and original - and it was in 1960 when I was 11. It's still an amusing riff on making an alliance with a dragon rather than slaying it. The absurd anachronisms of blunderbuss and sugar pastry as well as the traditional ones of knights in 4th-5th cent Britain were entirely overlooked at that first reading. ( )
  quondame | May 1, 2018 |
One of my favorites from childhood. Fantastic! ( )
  AlchemicalToil | Sep 11, 2017 |
Didn't know Tolkien had written a children's book.
It included notes, edited manuscripts and thoughts that were later revised.

The story was engaging, following a man who started as a farmer and realized what luck at the right time will achieve. A lesson in power and pride.

Boys enjoyed the giants, dragons and time period. I enjoyed that magic did not reign and life was a bit normal. ( )
  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |
Quick fun story and read. Tolkien has an amazing way in just creating a small realized place/world, and then telling a story there for its best effect. ( )
  BenKline | Aug 7, 2016 |
part of boxed set, very nice edition ( )
  overthemoon | Jul 27, 2016 |
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Garland, RogerIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammond, Wayne G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Of the history of the Little Kingdom few fragments have survived; but by chance an account of its origin has been preserved: a legend, perhaps, rather than an account; for it is evidently a late compilation, full of marvels, derived not from sober annals, but from the popular lays to which its author frequently refers.
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In this fiftieth anniversary edition of the Tolkien classic, Farmer Giles, his mare, and his talking dog go into the valley of the Thames to fight the dragon Chrysophylax. Includes the author's previously unpublished notes for a sequel.

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