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Tales from the Perilous Realm by J. R. R.…

Tales from the Perilous Realm (1967)

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I checked this book out of the library originally for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil as part of a LOTR reading group, but I have to say I really enjoyed all the stories it contained, even those distantly or completely unattached to Middle Earth. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
Great collection of Tolkien short stories. I had previously read Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and Smith of Wootton Major, but Roverandom and Leaf by Niggle were new; as well as the essay/lecture Tolkien wrote/gave titled 'On Faery-Stories'. Both Roverandom and Leaf by Niggle were good stories (though Roverandom was better), and the essay was a good scholarly write-up on fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. as of Tolkien's time. Definitely worth a read. ( )
  BenKline | Sep 27, 2016 |
it was pretty good! I liked reading these - gave some insight on other things Tolkien's written. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
This collection of several of Tolkien’s shorter works includes “Roverandom”, “Farmer Giles of Ham”, and “Tree and Leaf by Niggle” among others. From a story written by Tolkien for one of his sons who had lost a toy dog at the beach to a collection of hobbit songs and poems, this collection ranges from children’s bedtime tales a story that, from the beginning Latin name, is a humorous effort aimed at Tolkien’s Oxford peers. The stories are brief, engaging, and many provide examples of Tolkien’s fictional work outside his writings of Arda. ( )
  Ailinel | Jun 7, 2015 |
Read "Leaf by Niggle" a delightful story about transformation through privation. About suffering and the cessation of suffering. ( )
  jefware | Jun 4, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tolkien, J. R. R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, AliceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shippey, TomIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sisättö, VesaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Faerie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary and dungeons for the overbold . . . The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords. In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them. And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gates should be shut and the keys be lost.
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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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Farmer Giles of Ham
Leaf by Niggle
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Smith of Wootton Major
On Fairy-stories, as an appendix in some editions

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007149123, Paperback)

For the first time in A-format, the definitive collection of Tolkien's four acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tales in the vein of The Hobbit. Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic, but -- having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant -- is called upon to do battle when the dragon Chrysophylax comes to town; The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells by way of verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls; Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree; Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children. The four tales are written with the same skill, quality and hallmarks that made Tolkien's Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.

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Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien's four novellas (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) are gathered together for the first time, in a fully illustrated volume. This new, definitive collection of works -- which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998 -- comes with a brand-new foreword and endmatter, and with a series of detailed pencil illustrations by Alan Lee.… (more)

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