Farmer Giles of Ham/The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Farmer Giles of Ham The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Two short stories by the author of The Lord of the Rings

  • Title: Farmer Giles of Ham/The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • ISBN: 9780048231253
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two short stories by the author of The Lord of the Rings

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    About “J.R.R. Tolkien

    • J.R.R. Tolkien

      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959 He was a close friend of C.S Lewis.Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle earth within it Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the larger part of these writings While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature or precisely, high fantasy Tolkien s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 Forbes ranked him the 5th top earning dead celebrity in 2009.Religious influencesJ.R.R Tolkien, was born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old When Tolkien was 8 years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, I m a devout Roman Catholic Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in 1976 as The Father Christmas Letters One of Tolkien s sons became a Catholic priest Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of the Jerusalem Bible Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing In addition The Lord s Prayer And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil was reportedly present in Tolkien s mind as he described Frodo s struggles against the power of the One Ring.

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    • If you are looking for a short, humble, fantasy story then Farmer Giles of Ham is your man. This is about a Farmer who becomes a hero after "defeating" a giant. Soon after, word of Farmer Giles of Ham's courage spreads and his life will never be the same again. This story is not connected with Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit but does involve creatures common in Middle Earth. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is however, linked to Lord of the Rings as Tom Bombadil occurs in the Fellowship of the Rin [...]


    • I enjoyed Farmer Giles of Ham, and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil less so. The Stone Troll and Perry-the-Winkle are quite fun. I really enjoyed the Pauline Baynes illustrations in this edition.


    • This volume collects two ofJ. R. R. Tolkien's short books:Farmer Giles of Ham andThe Adventures of Tom Bombadil. I've already read the latter, and have reviewed it under another edition here, so I'll concentrate on the former here. This is a fairly short story, aimed at a younger audience, about the titular Farmer Giles and how an encounter with a giant led to a series of increasingly heroic events. Even in this short volume, Tolkien can't resist epic world-building, with the story being a found [...]


    • It is unfair to review this book simply because it is a compilation of two books: Farmer Giles of Ham and, a separate book, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, which is in itself a compilation of many different poems, and not all of them are about the title character. However, since this is the edition that I have, then the rating pertains to this copy -- it is unfair, yes, but what are we going to do. Having read Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings numerous times over the years, I knew two things: 1) I [...]



    • This was a book of two very distinct halves for me; the first part, Farmer Giles of Ham, was a wonderful adventure story which felt like a myth from centuries ago, and the second part, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, was a collection of poetry about various characters in Middle Earth. I found the poetry didn't engage me as much as I would have liked. The structure of each poem was quite similar and almost all of them consisted of rhyming couplets. Poetry isn't something I usually read for leisur [...]


    • "To begin with, you should know that Tom was not only "Eldest" (as he says to Frodo) in terms of the characters in The Lord of the Rings, he was also most certainly one of J.R.R. Tolkien's earliest literary creations. Tolkien's biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, relates that Tom was inspired by a Dutch doll that belonged to the professor's eldest son Michael. This doll was said to have looked very splendid (it had a real feather in its hat!) but Michael's brother John did not like it and one day st [...]


    • I enjoyed this book but it felt like two different books being made to share the same cover, perhaps because each on their own would be too short for publication. It's inexpensive so worth buying for either the story or the verses.Farmer Giles of Ham is about a farmer who becomes rich with the help of a dragon, and to the annoyance of a king. It's set in Oxfordshire, where I live and I could spot local places. If you like The Hobbit you'll enjoy this short story.The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (a [...]


    • A peculiar collection of poems and stories. The first, Farmer Giles of Ham is a fairy-tale adventure set in England in the Dark Ages; the second is a collection of poems from the Shire. They seem to have been published together because they have Tolkein in common, but really The Adventures should either stand alone or be added as an appendix to The Lord of the Rings. There is clearly a lot more to "Tom Bombadil" than meets the eye, as his appearance in Frodo's account and countless folk tales re [...]


    • "Kowal z Przylesia Wielkiego" to ciepła historia o spełnianiu marzeń, bez względu na to jak fantastyczne one są i ile ma się lat. Czyta się ją szybko i sprawia przyjemność, bowiem daje możliwość poznania kunsztu języka Mistrza Tolkiena. Jest prosty, ale zarazem niezwykle żywy i plastyczny. Opisy krajobrazów czy zwykłych czynności są bogate w szczegóły, kolorowe, harmonijne. Całość na: wiedzma-czyta/201


    • Farmer Giles of Ham: Quite an entertaining story about how an ordinary farmer turns - with a lot of luck, into a hero by chasing away a giant. The news spread fast, reaches the King's ears & Giles is ordered to go into battle with the dragon, Chrysophylax.The Adventures of Tom Bombadil:A nice selection of songs, rhymes and poems from The Red Book.


    • Farmer Giles of Ham was one of my favorite read over and over stories as an adolescent (the poetry in the book I could take or leave). I loved the trickery, the satirical way the usual fairytale was stood on its head.I wonder where my copy is (I need to read it again, and soon)


    • I loved it! It was so fun to get a deeper look into Tolkien's world, and find elements you already knew from his other stories. Tom Bombadil has always been one of my favorite characters, and though only the first two poems concern him, I was thrilled to learn more about this Eldest wanderer.


    • I loved the first story. It was cute and adorably written. The short pieces of poetry in the second half are good but it appears only a small amount of them are about Tom Bombadil so I was sightly dissapointed. Still a good enjoyable read that gives more depth to the world Tolkien created.


    • My parents gave me a boxed set for my birthday, this was in the set. I always remembered it as my tenth, but clearly not as the publisher's date is 1977.At the time I liked this a lot, it reminded me in some ways of the tale of the tailor who got seven in one go.





    • Farmer Giles is a cute little story with not many links to LOTR.Tom Bombadil is a book of poems. It's also quite cute.


    • Short and sweet and fun to read. What more do you need? Tales that lie at the border of myth and fantasy from a noted master of Mythology.





    • Farmer Giles of Ham was a really funny little tale. I found I enjoyed it a lot more than The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, which are all poems, some of which I recognised from the Lord of the Rings.


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