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Farmer Giles of Ham / The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Paperback – October 30, 1975


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; New edition edition (October 30, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0048231258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0048231253
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great find for my Tolkien lover.
Liz Beth
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is told in poetic form, and gives us the back story on Tom.
Allison Blackham
I thought it wonderful aged eight or nine, and I still think so in my sixties.
Peter King

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bradley on July 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
You will hear belly laughs if you read this book to children. Farmer Giles is wonderful. You will always hear laughter whenever you hear the silly dog: '"Help, help, help!" said Garm.'
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I really really enjoy Farmer Giles of Ham, less so the verses of Tom Bombadil. It's well over fifty years since I last read Farmer Giles. I thought it wonderful aged eight or nine, and I still think so in my sixties. This account of good solid farmer Giles and his dog Garm, and their dealings with the giant, the dragon Chrysophylax, the king, and their not necessarily supportive fellow villagers, never becomes trite or over elaborate. I also very much like the illustrations by Pauline Baynes, though they are of course somewhat reduced from the original hardback edition.

I'm afraid that Tom Bombadil was always a disappointment for me in that when it first came out I had hoped that it would be a story about this unique character, rather than a collection of poems, only two of which are about Bombadil. Although first published in its own hardback when Tolkien was in his pomp, it is now unlikely ever to be published on its own again and will always appear tacked on to other works.
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I love Farmer Giles...bought my first copy at a used book store while on a trip in England a decade ago, and felt like I had found the Holy Grail...had heard of the book but had never found a copy in the US. Got my second copy just recently when my youngest daughter told me she was taking Farmer Giles off to college. The Farmer Giles story is accessible to elementary age children (great bedtime story material) with very wonderful mideival style illustrations. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is told in poetic form, and gives us the back story on Tom. Great introduction to Tolkien for younger readers. And I love them, too.
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More About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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