‘An old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today… would leap to life when read aloud to a child’ Independent
Farmer Giles of Ham:
‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’ Sunday Times
Leaf by Niggle:
‘A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie’ New York Times
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil:
‘Something close to genius’ The Listener
Smith of Wootton Major:
‘Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty’ New Statesman
From the Back Cover
Four classic tales by the author of
'The fat and unheroic Farmer Giles of Ham is called upon to do battle with the dragon Chrysophylax; Niggle the painter sets out to paint the perfect tree; Hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls partake in the adventures of Tom Bombadil; and Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the land of Faery via the magical ingredients of a giant cake.'
This definitive collection of J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed short stories and poems reaffirms his status as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
FARMER GILES OF HAM
"A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom." 'Sunday Times'
LEAF BY NIGGLE
"A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie."
'New York Times'
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM BOMBADIL
"Something close to genius." 'The Listener'
SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR
"Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty." 'New Statesman'
About the Author
J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.