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Farmer Giles of Ham [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

30 Oct 1975
A tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; New edition edition (30 Oct 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048231258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048231253
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First half very nice, second half a bit less... 31 Dec 2012
The first half of this slim volume is a story, 'Farmer Giles of Ham' about an ordinary farmer called on to do Brave Deeds - much against his will. Very nicely illustrated by Pauline Baynes, this is a short story that anyone who loves the Hobbit will like.
The second, though sounding much more exciting, for me was less so. Short poems and rhymes, also with illustrations by Pauline Baynes - but these are much less well reproduced, as if photocopied several times! Some of the rhymes are nice, resonating to any Tolkien reader, I would think; some are a bit twee, and not very exciting. A mixed lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Farmer Giles! 5 Feb 2004
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I managed to find a copy of this book at my local secondhand bookshop. I've read some of Tolkien's work before - The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Silmarillion.
What captivated me with this (short) story is the fairy-tale nature of it. It's neither ambiguous nor difficult to read. In fact, it very much reminds me of the sort of story that a teacher would read to primary/junior-school kids. It's witty, touching, light-hearted and a breeze to read. I especially like Farmer Gile's dog; Garm. What also appealed to me is that it shows how common sense can endure and overcome most scenarios (including battles with dragons!) and that even the lowest person in society can make a difference. A MUST READ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer Giles and Tom Bombadil 7 May 2012
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An excellent little book that compliments Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. The book is illustrated with charming line drawings. The fist part of the book is about the dim and exciting past when dragons roamed and the unlikely hero, Farmer Giles of Ham takes the field. The second, a series of verses about one of my star characters in Lord of the Rings, Tom Bombadil, is a little gem, filling out the corners of the character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Love Farmer Giles and Garm 16 July 2005
By Matthew Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
You will hear belly laughs if you read this book to children. Farmer Giles is wonderful. You will always hear laughter whenever you hear the silly dog: '"Help, help, help!" said Garm.'
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tolkien, fun for kids 30 Oct 2013
By Allison Blackham - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Farmer Giles...bought my first copy at a used book store while on a trip in England a decade ago, and felt like I had found the Holy Grail...had heard of the book but had never found a copy in the US. Got my second copy just recently when my youngest daughter told me she was taking Farmer Giles off to college. The Farmer Giles story is accessible to elementary age children (great bedtime story material) with very wonderful mideival style illustrations. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is told in poetic form, and gives us the back story on Tom. Great introduction to Tolkien for younger readers. And I love them, too.
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure 3 Feb 2013
By Liz Beth - Published on Amazon.com
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A great find for my Tolkien lover. It was in decent condition, and had Tolkien's favorite illustrations for theses stories.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bombadil is Great 23 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book.. Its put together so well, that there arent very many things that can be said to someone, other than, "READ IT" I bought it for 600, and it was worth every penny. If you want to know anything, email me if you like. I'm not even a huge tolkien fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poems and songs which deceives the title 17 Aug 1999
By kai@wangberg.no - Published on Amazon.com
If you are akin to find out about the mysterious Tom Bomdadil, the half-God that helped Frodo and his friends through the Old Forest and all the way to Bri.... Dont buy this.. Its all just silly songs. I can not understand the purpose of this book. Well.. I think opera and ballett is madness too..
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