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Farmer Giles of Ham

ISBN-10: 0618009361
ISBN-13: 9780618009367
Edition: 50th 1999 (Anniversary)
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Description: The editors of the best-selling rediscovered Tolkien novel Roverandom present an expanded fiftieth anniversary edition of Tolkien's beloved classic Farmer Giles of Ham, complete with a map, the original story outline, the original first-edition  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Edition: 50th
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/15/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The editors of the best-selling rediscovered Tolkien novel Roverandom present an expanded fiftieth anniversary edition of Tolkien's beloved classic Farmer Giles of Ham, complete with a map, the original story outline, the original first-edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and the author's notes for an unpublished sequel. Farmer Giles of Ham is a light-hearted satire for readers of all ages that tells the tale of a reluctant hero who must save his village from a dragon. It is a small gem of a tale that grows more delightful with each rereading.

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudr�n and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Christina Scull, the editor of the journal "The Tolkien Collector," lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, Wayne G. Hammond.

Wayne G. Hammond, the co-author of "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography," lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Christina Scull.

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