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FARMER GILES OF HAM is one of Tolkien's most popular stories. Full of wit and humor and set in the days of giants and dragons, it tells the tale of a reluctant hero who saves his village from the dragon Chrysophylax.

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Published June 21st 2001 by Mariner Books (first published 1949)
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Bookworm Sean
This is an exciting tale full of bravery, heroism and Tolkien’s subtle humour.

Farmer Giles saves his farm and consequently the local village from a rampaging giant. This earns him a fierce reputation for heroism and thus he is rewarded by the King with a sword. The King, believing this to be a mere ceremonial weapon but instead it is Tailbiter an ancient sword that will not be sheathed once a dragon is close by.

Can you guess what happens next?

A dragon attacks the surrounding villages and Farme
Originally posted here.

Farmer Giles of Ham pretty much epitomizes everything I love about Tolkien. We get a winking narrator, similar to the narrator of The Hobbit; there's a hand-drawn map; it's full of humour and little philological jokes and asides; best of all, it does what he set out to do with The Silmarillion, in creating a new mythology for England.

Farmer Giles of Ham is not an entirely new story. If you've read The Valiant/Brave Little Tailor (or, heck, even seen the 1938 cartoon featur
El Marcapaginas
Un cuento ilustrado sobre un granjero y un dragón que me ha hecho recordar a esas viejas historias de cuando era niño. Contiene la magia y la esencia de Tolkien y ya sólo por eso merece la pena ser leido. http://elmarcapaginas-loco.blogspot.c...
Drekar, tröll, töfrasverð - fantasía fyrir unga lesendur! Krúttleg barnabók sem er eins og "light" útgáfa af Hobbitanum og The Lord of the Rings. Mæli með að foreldrar lesi þessa með börnunum sínum. :)
Βραβείο καλύτερου μικρού βιβλίου 2012 από το aliceinbookworld
Jonathon Dabell
The edition of this minor Tolkien work that I read was the 60th Anniversary version. It contains the final text, as well as the original basic manuscript and Tolkien's notes for a sequel (which was never written). There is also a detailed appendix and a lengthy, scholarly introduction which discusses the book in some detail.
The main story itself is an entertaining romp about a farmer who becomes an inadvertent hero when he gets rid of a rampaging giant. Although he never meant to be a hero, he s
Farmer Giles of Ham is a novella written by J.R.R. Tolkien that takes place in England during the time of giants and dragons. Aegidius Ahenobarbus Julius Agricola de Hammo or Giles of Ham (in the vulgar tongue) is the protagonist of this short tale. He is married and has a dog, named Garm, whom he generally mistreats. If this man doesn't sound like your typical hero, you would be correct. However, Garm likes to roam around and on these outings, he discovered a giant and a dragon (on different oc ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Rebecca is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español
My dad picked this up for me in a bookshop in Argentina!

(Egidio? Turns out to be the proper Spanish version of Giles. After the saint. Their story checks out.)
"En este relato se comprueba no sólo lo buen narrador que era Tolkien, poseedor de un estilo cantarín y directo con el que se ganaba al lector, sino lo divertido que sabía ser. Leer Egidio… es una delicia: su sarcasmo, su picardía (y picaresca), su aconvencionalidad (para las reglas de la literatura “caballeresca” que parece seguir), la convierten en una piececita de orfebrería. Además, tiene en la ventaja de su brevedad su mayor talento: Tolkien s
You know when you fancy reading something from Tolkien but don't fancy the risk of some of the heavier stuff that's been recommended to you? That's when you read Farmer Giles of Ham.

Initially a story for his children that's grown over the years, Tolkien tells the tale of a reluctant hero who must save his village from a dragon. It might have started out for kids, but I'm the latest in a long list of adults to enjoy its quirks.

It has all his quirks, from setting the scene to having cute little dr
My first Tolkien book and I find the Introduction and notes a little too wordy. I guess the book is about getting the essence of Tolkien and putting what happen back then for Farmer Giles to be in a published book format. The truth is I find the first manuscript more direct, simple and lovely to read compared to the final version. The final version made the characters come more alive which is great but still the first manuscript gave insight of a tale to a child audience. Anyway the character i ...more
Un libro facil de leer, con una novela estilo "fabula".
Indah Threez Lestari
Aug 12, 2013 Indah Threez Lestari rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkien readers
479 - 2013

"Tahu buku Farmer Giles of Ham-nya J.R.R. Tolkien, nggak?"

Kalau pertanyaan itu dilontarkan padaku sebelum aku menemukan (dan membeli) buku seri Kancil terbitan PT Gramedia (tanpa embel-embel Pustaka Utama) tahun 1980 (bentar, itu berapa tahun lalu ya? *ambil kalkulator*) ini di salah satu toko buku bekas di Plaza Semanggi, mungkin aku akan menjawab dengan gaya lebay Jaja Miharja: "Hah? Apaan tuuuh?" lengkap dengan mata menyipit, dahi berkerut, dan mulut manyun (Oke, ini gaya yang sanga
No-- this is not exactly your epic "dragon vs. knight-in-shining-armor" story-- but it was just as wonderful, in a different way. It's fascinating how Tolkien blends all of his stories into England; and I'm sure Giles and the other villagers of Ham will bring to mind the Hobbits of the Shire. Enter the world of the Middle Kingdom, where animals talk and dragons and giants roam.
Farmer Giles is your average farmer: beer-loving, honest, and wants nothing but your predictable, unexciting life. Aft
Kim Tong Lim
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was a simple story about a Giant, a Dragon and a farmer. Suitably written for children and delightful for adults like me. Farmer Giles became the unlikely hero in battling the Giant and Dragon Chrysophylax in the story. Chrysophylax talked and had human-dragon conversation with the humans. It is a tale that thrills and unexpected end to the dragon.
Un simpatico e divertente racconto, anticipazione di quella che poi sarebbe diventata la Terra di Mezzo.
In un Inghilterra senza tempo, il contadino AEgidius de Hammo si ritrova suo malgrado a diventare Signore di Domo, Conte di Salaserpente e Re del Piccolo Regno.
Un'oretta di lettura per tornare al periodo in cui la parola "Fantasy" non esisteva ancora, ma si usava "favole".
Bryce Lowry
J.R.R. fails to disappoint, once again. He proves his genius in the comedic short story about an ornery farmer and his dog, Garm.

In the time of the Anglo-Saxon kings, giants and dragons plague the British countryside. Unfortunately for the high-born dragon called Chrysophylax Dives, an especially stupid giant stumbles into Ham, the residence of Giles and some other country folk. Giles effortlessly scares off the giant, who returns to the land of giants and falsely reports that there are no warri
Zita Balogh
It is the less known novel of J.R.R. Tolkien, where the magical world and early Middle Ages British world are mixed. It is an adventurous and entertaining at the same time it is also instructive story about supernatural creatures ( giants, dragons, speaking dog) and common people. The main character is Farmer Giles, who accomplishes the attention of the other villagers and the inhabitants of the country.In the novel, he fights with giant and tames a dragon with his talent and intelligence. Giles ...more
Bought with the same Christmas book voucher as The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Smith of Wootton Major. It is an extremely shabby piece of bookage now.
Jul 03, 2014 David marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: Oh, that's kind of disappointing. This book is really, really tiny. I was expecting it to be the same as its look-a-like edition from the 1970s. This measures about 3.5" x 4.5" by eyeball. Much less than half the size of the original first edition with the same wonderful artwork. Sad Tolkien fan :(
Qué voy a decir de Tolkien? Pues maravilloso. Sé que hay gente que no ha podido leer nada suyo, pero a mí me fascina. En Egidio el granjero de Ham consigue que se forme en nuestras cabezas un mundo fantástico. Una historia con sentido del humor y personajes tan entrañables como el perro Garm.
Connivery Dives
Farmer Giles of Ham is an uproariously comic story. J.R.R. Tolkien had a remarkable wit, and this story is a riot from cover to cover. I love his grasp of every character's colorful viewpoint, from Giles (sturdy but reluctant) to Crysophilax the dragon (greedy but not above reason) to the gray mare (a remarkably observant creature). I recommend this story first and foremost to any body beginning their search for Tolkien literature outside of The Lord of the Rings.
Mary Catelli
In which Tolkien takes on the comic side of fighting dragons. . . .

Farmer Giles of Ham, in the vulgar (in Book Latin, he is much more plentifully supplied with names) deals one day with a giant by shooting his blunderbuss at it. This leads to two things: the king's sending him an old sword, and a dragon who's told how pleasant the lands are -- despite the stinging insects -- decides it sounds delicious.

When the king's knights have many valid reason not to undertake the dragon hunt, Farmer Giles
Farmer Giles of Ham is post-Hobbit yet pre-LOTR Tolkien, a pretty straightforward children's fantasy tale about Giles, a farmer; Garm, his dog and the dragon Chrysophylax. It is not set in Middle Earth, or in any specific land for that matter. It's built much like a fairy tale or a fable, with minimal world-building, a bit of humor and moral to boot.
This has got to be one of the funniest books I have ever read in a long time. Tolkien’s writing in this is wonderful and it kept me hooked. The concept is simple but well executed. It’s funny how he uses satirical themes, especially on the whole Latin and “vulgar tongue” thing. It’s because of that humor that makes such a simple story very interesting.
Giles totally reminds me of Shrek, they both have a similar attitude. In fact I very much related the humor in this book to Shrek’s, although Tol
Funny and entertaining, this story by Tolkien is about a farmer fighting with a dragon for a piece of land and for a treasure somewhere in England. Easy to read, it is beautifully illustrated by Duana Baynes.
Simon Cook
This book always falls under the radar of the hard core Tolkien scholars and dedicated fan base. But its gentle humour and mock scholarly style make for a delightful read.
A quick read.

I like how Farmer Gile was so drunkingly unsure of his confidence but in the end became what he ... became.

I liked the dragon and the dog.
Chris J
I read this to my nine and six year old daughters. The writing required that I stop after most paragraphs to summarize Tolkien's descriptions. Remarkably, however, my kids hung in there with it and enjoyed the story. The story is full of humorous descriptions and conversations making it well worth the read.
After having read several works by J.R.R. Tolkien, I can say that his writing is not my cup of tea and this is no exception. It was okay.
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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 .

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