Farmer Giles of Ham
Here is the 50th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of the reluctant hero Farmer Giles. First published in 1949, this version shows the original (black line) illustrations by Pauline Baynes. It also includes (now published for the first time) the earliest written version of the story and Tolkien's notes for a sequel. It was originally a tale Tolkien told his children. Set in the Thames valley in the distant past, when giants and dragons still lived, Farmer Giles was actually quite unheroic. Through good luck and the help of his dog, horse and a magic sword, he scares away a giant and tames the wily dragon to become a rich hero. If you have the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books, add one more classic Tolkien tale to your collection! 127pp, hc. ~ Sara
The editors of the best-selling rediscovered Tolkien novel Roverandom present an expanded edition of Tolkien's beloved classic Farmer Giles of Ham, complete with a map, the original story outline, the original first-edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and the author's notes for an unpublished sequel. Farmer Giles of Ham is a light-hearted satire for readers of all ages that tells the tale of a reluctant hero who must save his village from a dragon. It is a small gem of a tale that grows more delightful with each rereading.
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