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Farmer Giles of Ham and Other Stories [Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

J. R. R. Tolkien , Derek Jacobi
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20 Sep 1999

A Collection of short stories: Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith Of Wootton Major, and Leaf by Niggle

Farmer Giles of Ham is one of Tolkien’s most popular stories, full of wit and humour, set in the days when giants and dragons walked the earth. He did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life.

Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero.

His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

Two further stories in this collections are Smith of Wooton Major which tells of the preparation of the Great Cake to mark the Feast of Good Children, and the strange events which follow, and Leaf by Niggle, which recounts the strange adventures of the painter, Niggle.


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (20 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001056107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001056107
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,010,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’
Sunday Times

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READ BY DEREK JACOBI

'Farmer Giles of Ham' is one of Tolkien’s most popular stories, full of wit and humour, and set in the days of giants and dragons:

Farmer Giles did not look like a hero: he was fat, and red-bearded, and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. However, when a rather deaf and short sighted giant blundered on to his land, Farmer Giles did manage, more by luck than skill, to scare him away.

The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero, and his reputation spread far and wide, so it was only natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle …

The other two stories in the collection are equally charming: 'Smith of Wooton Major' tells of the preparation of the Great Cake to mark the Feast of Good Children and the magical events which follo, while 'Leaf by Niggle' recounts the strange adventures of the painter, Niggle.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautyfull tale, exellently narrated 1 May 2003
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The tale of farmer Giles of ham is one of J.R.R.Tolkins over looked works and is a classic childrens tale (hence us adults love it). Farmer Giles is as unlikely a hero as any one, a plump chap who enjoys a slow comfortable life. Yet one night a par-deaf,supid and short-sighted giant reeked havoc on the farm and farmer Giles awoken by his dog came out to protect his land from the tresspassing giant, but shorty after this event the dragon Chrysophylax comes down from the mountains and eventually ends up in town where the farmer is expected to do battle.
This story is so wonderfully writen full of wit and humour and Derek Jacobi bring this tale to life in a rich and childish beauty that made me enjoy every second of the story!!
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Well, it's not the lord of the rings, but then again, what is? Here are a few amusing and interesting stories, by the greatest author since I don't know when. If you enjoy reading of the british mythology, try this on for size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy reader of a worthy book 5 Mar 2000
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"Farmer Giles of Ham" is vintage Tolkien encapsulated. Ham is a farmer who owns a cowardly dog named Gorm. The two of them set out to dispose of a dragon named Chrysophylax who is terrorizing the shire. They do defeat Chrysophylax, but how? Well, you have to listen to Sir Derek Jacobi (best known in the USA as the stammering Emperor Claudius in the Masterpiece Theatre series of the '70s; also as Brother Cadfael in The Cadfael Mysteries) read you the story, as he does with the same elegance he brings to all his performances. Sir Derek is a true master of the spoken word. The combination of a writer like Professor Tolkien and a reader like Sir Derek is truly rare and wonderful. And the delight does not stop with "Farmer Giles"; the stories in this little book abound with imagination and excellence.
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