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‘This is an old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today… would leap to life when read aloud to a child’
‘Lord of the Rings buffs will enjoy picking out bits of Nordic mythology and will relish Tolkien’s fabulous sense of landscape’
While on holiday in 1925 young Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, invented a story about a real dog who is turned into a toy by a wizard and sent by a ‘sand sorcerer’ to the moon and under the sea.
More than 70 years later, the adventures of the dog Rover, also known as ‘Roverandom’, are now published for the first time. They have been edited from the original typescript by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, who relate the story to sources ranging from the Norse sagas to E. Nesbit, and link it also to Tolkien’s other fiction, including 'The Hobbit ', the ‘Father Christmas’ letters, and ‘The Silmarillion’. The book also includes five illustrations by Tolkien himself.
Entertaining and rich in wordplay, 'Roverandom' will delight all readers who love a clever tale, and will be welcomed by Tolkien’s many admirers of all ages.
Christina Scull is the former librarian of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London and the editor of the magazine 'The Tolkien Collector'. Her husband, Wayne G. Hammond, is Assistant Librarian in the Chapin Library of Rare Books, Williams College, author of the standard bibliography of Tolkien’s works, and a regular contributor of Tolkien notes to the journal 'Mythlore'. The couple live in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Their acclaimed study of Tolkien’s paintings and drawings, 'J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator', is also published by HarperCollins.
Very impressed for a used book. It came in *almost* pristine condition. The book itself is beautifully illustrated and the font-size was very good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ross Hudson
I was surprised by the enchanting beauty of Tolkiens storytelling, that shines through even through a little story like this.Published 17 months ago by Edvard Gray
Granted, this is a book written for Tolkien's children, and it does contain some nice little word-play elements -- but lets face it: This is not a literary masterpiece -- but... Read morePublished on 10 Sep 2012 by Mike London
Read this the day it arrived and simply couldn't put it down! I'm now buying a copy for all of my nieces and nephews! Read morePublished on 9 Jan 2011 by Animagus
Roverandum is a strange book written more for the Tolkein children than the world at large. It includes elements of the fun world of his Father Christmas letters with other family... Read morePublished on 5 Sep 2010 by Mr. Kevin P. Futers
In 1925, Mr Tolkien, Mrs Tolkien and their three sons went on holiday to Filey. While on this trip, Michael, the middle son, lost his favorite toy dog. Read morePublished on 6 Feb 2010 by Random Ruthie
Believe this should be a child's book but I picked it up and couldn't put it down - just brilliant. Took me back to the days of imaginations. Read morePublished on 17 Nov 2009 by BB Star
A charming tale about young dog Rover and his adventures. He bites the trousers of magician Artaxerxes who turns him into a toy dog as punnishment. Read morePublished on 27 Feb 2008 by rhinoa