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Roverandom Paperback – June 30, 1999
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Rover is an ordinary little puppy near the seaside in England, until he runs into a grumpy old man and ends up biting off part of his pants. The old man happens to be a wizard (Artaxerxes by name), and promptly transforms Rover into a toy dog (and no, I don't mean a tiny dog -- I mean a real toy). Rover subsequently gets picked up and sold to some little boys (presumably the Tolkien kids).
Fortunately, Rover encounters another magical being, a crusty, kindly sand-wizard named Psamathos. That wizard, in turn, gets Rover (who is renamed Roverandom) flown to the moon, where he spends time with the Man in the Moon and his winged dog Rover. And then he's heading off to encounter a talking whale, a mer-dog, a sea serpent -- and a dragon.
Like the vastly underrated "Farmer Giles of Ham," "Roverandom" is a charming little bit of whimsy. No deep themes, no epic clashes, not even really a villain. The writing is charming and magical, with phrases like "There was a cold wind blowing off the North Star" sprinkled through it. It almost gives the feeling of being in another world. Best of all, in the middle of the book are Tolkien's own illustrations, cute little drawings and ethereal paintings.
Rover is well-named, since his adventures are all over the map and don't really progress from one to the other. It's merely a cute little dog roaming over the moon, the ocean, and the land, conversing with shrimps and bothering wizards.Read more ›
The conflict was that Rover (Roverandom) was turned into a toy dog by the old magician Artaxerxes, and then sold to a little boy named Two. Rover then runs away hoping to be free but then runs into the wizard Psamathos who sends Roverandom on many journeys and he meets many new friends. But Rover longs to become a real dog again and hopes to find the magician.
My favorite character probably was the Man-in-the-Moon's dog Rover because he kept Roverandom company while on the Moon, even though they argued some. And because it is very unusual for a dog to live on the moon so it makes Rover extra special to me. I think this is a fun little book that all ages would enjoy. Tolkien orginally wrote Roverandom 70 years ago to comfort his 4-year-old son Michael who lost his favorite toy dog on the beach. Tolkien started to write this book after The Hobbit was published, and he stopped to begin writing The Lord of the Rings. So in 1998 Roverandom was finally published. This book would make a great read aloud book for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably somewhat charming for story time, but i found it wandered too much.Published 10 days ago by Elizabeth Phillips
I read this book from my local public library and love it. A must read for Tolkien fans. Glad I bought it for my kindle fire tabletPublished 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
It's Tolkien, what else is there to say? The man writes in an enthralling way. He paints a movie in words.Published 5 months ago by David
I was pleasantly surprised by this cute story. You know when you like an author's books so much that you have high hopes for their other works? Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. King
Roverandom, a delightful tale created by Tolkien as a result of his young son losing a dog toy on a beach holiday in the mid 1920's, is a fun and at times fantastical story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jason G
It's definitely not one of Tolkien's more sophisticated and enthralling pieces, but its a fun story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Adrian