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An enjoyable short fable in the typical Tolkien style
on 23 March 2001
This is in no way up to the standard of LOTR or the Hobbit, understandably as this story was originally intended as a short witty tale not for publication. BUT it is Tolkien and any true fan of the great author must read this book. A farmer, Giles, from the village of Ham, suffers great torment at the hands of his fellow villagers and countryfolk all because of a cheating,irritable and hungry dragon. Along with his "trusty" dog he has to attempt to conquer this rather slovenly creature and live up to his unwanted title of hero. It is a short uncomplicated story to read and the detail given as to why and how the story came about is almost more interesting than the tale. It provides a great insight into how Tolkien formulated his other more famous books. Overall all an enjoyable read but probably appreciated more read as a bedtime story for a young child.