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Tales From the Perilous Realm,
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This review is from: Tales from the Perilous Realm: "Farmer Giles of Ham", "Leaf by Niggle", "Adventures of Tom Bombadil" and "Smith of Wootton Major" (Paperback)
I don't understand why the Tales has been called a collection of children's stories (as in alexcapel's review). As an adult - middle aged - and a voracious reader of anything to do with fantasy, these short stories had a sense of depth and perspective that I seldom find in children's books.
I have to say that my favorites were "Leaf by Niggle" and "Smith of Wotton Major". I was profoundly affected by both of them. Tolkien manages to insert moral points without seeming to preach from a pulpit.
"Farmer Giles of Ham" had an interesting twist to it. Here again Tolkien treads the fine line of morals superbly. I have to say that the poems on Tom Bombadil were disappointing. I was expecting something that went further back into history. Something that told me where he was from and what he was. But, then, that is how stories are. Authors often take me where I have not expected to go, and thank God for that.
A superb read.