- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 50th Anniversary edition edition (6 Nov. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0261103784
- ISBN-13: 978-0261103788
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Farmer Giles of Ham Paperback – Special Edition, 6 Nov 2000
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‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’
New in paperback, the golden anniversary edition including a new introduction, a map, Tolkien's unpublished short story which he expanded for publication, his notes for a sequel, and the original first edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Farmer Giles of Ham 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!See all Product description
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I intended to read it to my grandsons, and was shocked to realise that I could not find my original copy. Buying this edition was a necessity, and to be honest, I would have preferred a facsimile of the original edition.
This edition is in a very small format and does not have al the original illustrations- though it does have some extra ones as well as earlier versions of the story and a comprehensive commentary.
If you like Tolkien's style, and you remember your Latin, this is perfect.
Tolkien does the same, here, telling a would-be medieval story of an unlikely hero and the giant and dragon he deals with.
Initially, amusing himself and his children with a spontaneously improvised tale, and later developing this further for an adult audience, and then polishing the results for eventual publication, this edition preserves the brilliant Pauline Baynes illustrations (that LOOK medieval) for the last-stage published book-version, while adding a light gloss of commentary, and providing the earlier drafts of this final version.
This is the PERFECT way to enjoy "Farmer Giles of Ham". You are free to read the story, as is, or go further into the otherwise subtle and secret humour Tolkien created as he told, wrote, and revised.
Warning - do not even think of buying a copy of this unless it has PAULINE BAYNES' LINE DRAWINGS - they fit Tolkien's humour like a second skin.
Without those you'd get only 50% of the experience.
The tom bombadil poems are hobbit poems and cover other subjects . They have all the vivid images you could ask for but don't really do it for me . Tolkien was not , in my opinion a poet , sorry mate .
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