The definitive collection of Tolkien’s classic “fairie” tales, four fantasy novellas in the vein of “The Hobbit.” Fantasy for readers of all ages by J. R. R. Tolkien.
J. R. R. Tolkien · for readers · January 1997
The definitive collection of Tolkien’s classic “fairie” tales, four novellas in the vein of The Hobbit, illustrated by Oscar winner Alan Lee.
- Farmer Giles of Ham. An imaginative, satirical story of the rather unheroic Farmer Giles, who attempts to capture a somewhat untrustworthy dragon .
- Leaf by Niggle. An allegorical tale in which the artist Niggle, faced with a society that does not value art, journeys to truth and beauty.
- Smith of Wootton Major. The meaning of “faery” by means of a story about a cook and his cake.
- Roverandom. Rover, a real dog, is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. Written by Tolkien in response to his four-year-old son Michael’s lost toy dog on the beach in 1925.
- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. A collection of verse in praise of Tom Bombadil, that staunch friend of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.