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Farmer Giles of Ham

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,421 ratings  ·  113 reviews
The editors of the best-selling rediscovered Tolkien novel Roverandom present an expanded fiftieth anniversary edition of Tolkien's beloved classic Farmer Giles of Ham, complete with a map, the original story outline, the original first-edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and the author's notes for an unpublished sequel. Farmer Giles of Ham is a light-hearted satire f...more
Hardcover, (50th Anniversary Edition), 128 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1949)
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sj
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Stuart
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
Rebecca
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.)
Fabulantes
Reseña: http://www.fabulantes.com/2011/04/egi...
"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...more
Heather
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...more
pyjamasmotif
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
Murmurina
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
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"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...more
Abigail
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...more
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.
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...more
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
David
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 :(
Cocodras
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...more
Benjamín
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.
Taralen
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...more
Jude
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.
Jeanetteh
A quick read.

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

I liked the dragon and the dog.
Vilmos Kondor
Another book that needs no accolades. Highly entertaining, a perfect entry level book into his near perfect world.
Elide Molinai
Un Tolkien un po' diverso, piu' fiabesco nonostante l'ambientazione richiami i suoi lavori piu' celebri
Hans Wigman
"Farmer Giles of Ham" is a charming tale about a rather unlikely and unwilling hero, halfway between a 'true' legend and a fairytale, which I read with a good deal of pleasure. It's light-hearted and witty, and very suitable for children of all ages.
Siim
Lihtsalt vapustavalt lõbus ja tore lugu Tolkienilt. Võhikule autentselt kõlav arhailine keel lõi silmad särama ja tõi naeru näole. Lisaks inimloomuse kõige halenaljakamad omadused ja piinlikumad tõsiasjad, mis joonistusid meie ees lohede, rüütlite, ehtinimlike koerte ja hiiglastena. Tolkien seob inimese olemuse, elu poolt pakutavad pöörased keerdkäigud ja tohutu lõbususe üheks kohati historitsistliku paroodiana näivaks muinasjutuks. Kõige nauditavam ingliskeelne teos, ja kõige parem teos üldse,...more
Judith Donohue
Brilliant writing! Was surprised to learn that the original of this book is at Marquette University. Wish I had seen the Tolkein collection when I was a student there.
Jenine
I loved reading Smith of Wootton Major again, it rang many bells for me. I got tired of Farmer Giles and it's not a good read-aloud.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (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 cl...more
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