Tales from the Perilous Realm: Roverandom and Other Classic Faery Stories: Roverandom And Other Classic Faery Stories by J. R. R. TolkienTales from the Perilous Realm: Roverandom and Other Classic Faery Stories: Roverandom And Other Classic Faery Stories by J. R. R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm: Roverandom and Other Classic Faery Stories: Roverandom And Other…

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

Paperback | May 5, 2009

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Available for the first time in one volume, this is the definitive collection of Tolkien's five acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tales in the vein of 'The Hobbit', fully corrected and reset for this edition and all beautifully illustrated in pencil by the award-winning artist, Alan Lee.The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.. Roverandom is a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures.. Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic, but - having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant - is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town;. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells in verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls;. Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree;. Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.This new collection is fully illustrated throughout by Oscar-winning artist, Alan Lee, who provides a wealth of pencil drawings to bring the stories to life as he did so memorably for The Hobbit and The Children of Húrin. Alan also provides an Afterword, in which he opens the door into illustrating Tolkien's world.World-renowned Tolkien author and expert, Tom Shippey, takes the reader through the hidden links in the tales to Tolkien's Middle-earth in his Introduction, and recounts their history and themes.Lastly, included as an appendix is Tolkien's most famous essay, "On Fairy-stories", in which he brilliantly discusses fairy-stories and their relationship to fantasy.Taken together, this rich collection of new and unknown work from the author of The Children of Húrin will provide the reader with a fascinating journey into lands as wild and strange as Middle-earth.
J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Title:Tales from the Perilous Realm: Roverandom and Other Classic Faery Stories: Roverandom And Other…Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pagesPublished:May 5, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

Roverandom:'An old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today. would leap to life when read aloud to a child' IndependentFarmer Giles of Ham:'A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom' Sunday TimesLeaf by Niggle:'A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie' New York TimesThe Adventures of Tom Bombadil:'Something close to genius' The ListenerSmith of Wootton Major:'Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty' New Statesman