‘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
The definitive collection of J.R.R. Tolkien's four acclaimed modern classic fairy tales, finally together in a volume which reaffirms his place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
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 in 'Leaf by Niggle'; hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls partake in 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil'; and 'Smith of Wootten Major' journeys to the Land of Faery via the magical ingredients of a giant cake.
FARMER GILES OF HAM
"A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom"
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"
SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR
"Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty"