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4.0 out of 5 stars Roverandom - Not Niddle Earth???
Reading Roverandom, by J.R.R. Tolkien, was like opening a dusty box of childhood memories left under my bed. It has a sort of playful side to it. When Rover was journeying to the moon on the back of a seagull named Mew, and almost traveled an actual road in the sky to get there. Tolkien dragged you into the plot by drawing you in as a part of his outrageous world, giving...
Published on 24 Jan. 2004 by N. M. D. Lancaster

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice stories, but not amazing
The stories are nice, and the premise of the book is nice. However, the stories do not draw you in or leave you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Magical Story, 31 Jan. 2008
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English Rose "Su" (Hereford, West Midlands UK) - See all my reviews
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So wonderful that this exciting book has been re-published. It is one of my most treasured books one that I read time and time again. The illustrations add to the story greatly. A real heart-warming and funny family story to share year after year after year. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem, 17 Nov. 2009
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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. Perfect for any age and highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice stories, but not amazing, 1 Jun. 2015
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The stories are nice, and the premise of the book is nice. However, the stories do not draw you in or leave you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine reading, 28 Jun. 2013
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I was surprised by the enchanting beauty of Tolkiens storytelling, that shines through even through a little story like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good gift, 1 May 2015
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Beautiful book. It was bought as a gift and was very well received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars J. R. R. Tolkien - more you ..., 3 Sept. 2014
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J.R.R. Tolkien - more you don't need to say - really!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Jun. 2015
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Wonderful book - great for both kids and adults!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice little children's story -- but Tolkien's done better!, February 7, 2001, 10 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Roverandom (Paperback)
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 niether is it trash either. With Tolkien's children's fiction, with the exception of THE HOBBIT, its not so much the quality of it but the fact that it exists. These activities culiminated in the composistion of THE HOBBIT. When Allen & Unwin accepted it for publication and it became a runaway hit, they wanted more about 'hobbits'. This book, MR. BLISS, THE LOST ROAD, and THE SILMARILLION (OF BEREN & LUTHIEN, the poetic form, was submitted with perhaps FARMER GILES as well)found its way to the publishing house in 1937. But Sir Stanely Unwin wanted not these but a hobbit sequel, of which we all know what happened with that.

This being said, ROVERANDOM shows Tolkien delighting in the position of a story teller for his children. The love and warmth shows clearly in these pages, and while its not the best thing ever written, it does have its charms. Largely, however, this work is for Tolkien completists, and by and large will not win over any fans. But if you looking for a book to read to your younger children and you want it to be Tolkien, this is a good choice. But if they're a little older, give 'em the real meat and introduce them to that lovable Bilbo Baggins. Its worth a look, but not necessarily a second or third.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Old Prof, 14 Jun. 2004
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Up until relatively recently, Roverandom existed in the minds of Tolkien fans as a mysterious open secret: an unpublished work. For a man whose notes to the milkman and getting-the-pen-to-work scribbles on the inside cover of the Yellow Pages were trumpeted by publishers and family alike as 'masterpieces', this was remarkable. Look the old professor up on Amazon and it's not long before the list of works begins to look significantly desperate (Tales from the Perilous Realm, Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode, Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth, etc.). Did he mean for all this stuff to be plundered for public consumption? So, finding a complete and illustrated work that hasn't seen the light of day in almost 70 years is odd to say the least. The five illustrations were seen in a couple of academic books, and also at the Bodleian Library's centenary exhibition, but the text was unknown until 1997/1998.
The story is based upon an incident that occurred when the Tolkiens were on holiday in the Yorkshire seaside town of Filey, in 1925. Tolkien's four-year-old son lost a small toy dog and became distraught. To console him, his father created a story about a real dog that is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him to be returned to normal. In the course of his search he goes to the Moon and the bottom of the sea and being a mischievous little tyke, gets up to all sorts of adventures. Much like The Hobbit, there are wizards and dragons and huge flesh eating spiders, told here in the singy-songy voice of a good-humoured children's tale. But unlike The Lord of the Rings, this time there is none of the thunder and bombast of, for instance:
"...for answer Gandalf cried aloud to his horse. 'On Shadowfax! We must hasten. Time is short. See! The beacons of Gondor are alight, calling for aid. War is kindled. See, there is the fire on Amon Dîn, and flame on Eilenach; and there they go speeding west: Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad and the Halifirien on the borders of Rohan...'
Instead, we get:
"Once upon a time there was a little dog, and his name was Rover. He was very small, and very young, or he would have known better; and he was very happy playing in the garden in the sunshine with a yellow ball, or he would never have done what he did."
Which, frankly, is much better.
Tolkien was only in his early thirties when the first draft was written, and it's full of the sort of easy jokes and casual references a well-read young academic might throw in for his little boy's amusement. Old Mother Hubbard's dog has a walk on part, there's a gentle and affectionate explanation of what happens when we dream, there are sly nods towards his work at Oxford, carrots dangled perhaps to entice his youngsters into enjoying the things he himself loved? Well, possibly.
What we have ultimately is a slight tale - it's only 80 pages long - clearly created for reading aloud at bedtime for young children eager to believe that their toys can become animated and exciting (it'll come as no surprise that Rover can only become 'alive' at night when his owner is asleep) if they allow their imaginations to run riot. And that can't be a bad thing. I also can't find the phrase 'a fairy tale for all ages' in the notes or press blurbs and that's surely a boon. More importantly, it happens to be a handy stopgap when you leave your grown-up book on the bus.
So will I be reading any more JRRT? Has this fired me up to try LotR again after a twenty-year break? Amon Dîn, Eilenach, Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad and the Halifirien?! What do you think?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tolkein for kids, 5 Sept. 2010
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Mr. Kevin P. Futers "Who's afraid of the Bill... (Northumbria, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Roverandom (Paperback)
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 favourites such as E Nesbitt's Psammead (from Five Children and It (Wordsworth Children's Classics)), the Man in the Moon (something of a Tolkein favourite theme) and most importantly a lost toy dog.

The result is charming, entertaining and readable but not as much fun as Farmer Giles of Ham or even the more serious Smith of Wooten Major
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