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Farmer Giles of Ham

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,555 Ratings  ·  178 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the original story outline, the original first-edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and the author's notes for an unpublished sequel.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), 144 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1949)
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Bookworm Sean
Feb 22, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2016 Emerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esse é um daqueles livros divertidíssimos que você lê com um sorriso no rosto e dá boas gargalhadas.
Pai Tolkien não decepciona.
Fica a recomendação. Diversão garantida!
Ps: Garm, o cachorro que fala é muito engraçado. huahuahau socorro-socorro!
El Marcapaginas
Jan 26, 2015 El Marcapaginas rated it really liked it
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...
Un racconto classico che fa della prosa di Tolkien il suo valore aggiunto. Si tratta di una vicenda tradizionale che coinvolge un drago sputafuoco e l'umano che tenterà di batterlo in astuzia.
Si presta alla lettura ad alta voce, anche se letto ad un pubblico piuttosto giovane.
Dovessi mettere insieme una piccola biblioteca per giovani lettori, non potrei non includervi questo titolo. [ 3.5]

Nov 06, 2014 Védís rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
May 17, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, meu, 2015

Esta edição é de facto maravilhosa.

Apesar de ter outra edição com ilustrações mais trabalhadas da autoria de Roger Garland, a minha preferência vai para esta edição especial pois inclui as ilustrações que Tolkien escolheu.
Além disso inclui 2 "plates" lindas, lindas.

E basta dizer que para os mais atentos estas ilustrações de Pauline Baynes são hilariantes.

Quanto à escrita, devo dizer que (dos livros que li do Tolkien) este é dos mais acessíveis, mais rápidos e mais divertidos de ler.

Excelente com
Dec 30, 2012 Αλίκη rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Βραβείο καλύτερου μικρού βιβλίου 2012 από το aliceinbookworld
Oct 13, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2013 sj rated it it was amazing
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
Jonathon Dabell
Aug 18, 2011 Jonathon Dabell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2015 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Nothing to write home about.A very simple story told in a very child like way.This is certainly one of Tolkiens lesser works but im glad i read it.
Ivana de Bona
Mar 27, 2016 Ivana de Bona rated it it was amazing
Quite lovely!
Robby Charters
Feb 03, 2016 Robby Charters rated it it was amazing
A hero on his own terms

Lovers of Tolkien's books on Middle Earth could do well to take a break and relax with a story that he told to his children at bedtime. This story takes place in the "Middle Kingdom" of old England, when the Island was divided between various small kingdoms, dragons and giants ruled the north, and choices of a weapon ranged from enchanted swords to a blunderbuss. Oh yes -- and dogs could talk, though their vocabulary was generally restricted to the vernacular.

Farmer Giles
Contando Dragones
Oct 02, 2015 Contando Dragones rated it liked it
Si hay un autor de fantasía cuyo nombre va irremediablemente unido a su obra magna, ése es Tolkien. Hay decenas de libros ligados al mundo de la famosa trilogía: el Hobbit, el Silmarillion, los cuentos inconclusos, los hijos de Húrin, seguido de un largo etcétera. Es normal entonces que algunas de sus obras “menores” (en volumen, no en calidad) pasen desapercibidas, permaneciendo incluso en el anonimato para las grandes masas. Aprovechamos la ocasión de su 122 cumpleaños para rescatar una de esa ...more
Evey Morgan
Nota: 3.5/5
Feb 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: format-physical
Despite being a short story, the setting and characters were very well developed. This had the subtle humour I've come to appreciate in Tolkien's work. I enjoyed the first manuscript in this edition and can see how the tale would be 100 times more exciting told by Tolkien himself.

How amazing it must have been to grow up with such a vivid storyteller!

I'm looking forward to reading more outside of The Hobbit and LOTR after this.
Caroline Eising
Dec 31, 2015 Caroline Eising rated it liked it
Farmer Giles of Ham is a relatively straightforward tale of a farmer and a dragon, which plays upon many of the stereotypes of brave knights and proud kings and populaces who wait for heroes to come to their rescue.

This book contains two versions of the story - the first 'final' version including more adult wordplay and intended for a more educated audience, and the 'original' version which is designed more as a fairy tale to tell children. I preferred the second story. The 'clever' additions to
May 01, 2016 HourglassOrca rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Coming from the perspective of enjoying "Roverandom", I expected a bit more. One thing that I really enjoyed about Tolkien's other more child-oriented work was its surreal qualities. It might have been written simply, but it had a creative spark that kept the reader relatively surprised throughout.

This book, while written in the same innocent tone, was much less engaging than I wanted it to be. It's an ordinary Hero's Journey with little to no deviation. It may be written well and with some cha
Chris Carlone
Dec 23, 2013 Chris Carlone rated it it was amazing
The epitome of classic fantasy. An unlikely Hero, mythical events that are so well written you can believe that a Giant might run into your town, or your dog would actually say those things if he could. Great Story by the master of fantasy.
Javier Sánchez
May 14, 2015 Javier Sánchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso e inteligente relato de rapidísima lectura que muestra, no con poco sentido del humor, que si bien la fortuna puede brindarte increíbles oportunidades, es el sentido común quien te ayuda a aprovecharlas. Para mí, a título personal, ha supuesto la reconciliación con el Sr. Tolkien quien, por norma general y a excepción del Hobbit, siempre me ha resultado pesado de leer por el lento transcurso de la narrativa (confieso que no puede afrontar la tercera parte del Señor de los Anillos). E ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Wiktoria rated it really liked it
A warm-hearted non-Middle-Earth tale by Tolkien, quite a relaxing and nice read, with a gallery of homely protagonists portrayed successfully by using only a few characteristics. It is great to be again in a small village much like the Shire, and meet a peace-loving protagonist who has to set out on a epic adventure, not unlike Bilbo Baggins. And lots of subtle, linguistic humour so typical of Tolkien. It is not a story on the scale of his best known works, The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, b ...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.)
Jan 23, 2014 Esther rated it liked it
I forgot how wry this book is. There's lots of fun stuff in it for linguists, but before all that, it's simply a wonderful tale.
Vilmos Kondor
Aug 01, 2014 Vilmos Kondor rated it it was amazing
Another book that needs no accolades. Highly entertaining, a perfect entry level book into his near perfect world.
Jul 26, 2014 Fabulantes rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasia
"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
Miriam Kool
Aug 10, 2015 Miriam Kool rated it really liked it
3,5 ster ook denk ik. Een leuk kort verhaal van Tolkoen over een boer die min of meer per ongeluk een held wordt, zijn hond, een draak en een onmogelijke koning. Voorgelezen door Derek Jacobi in mijn geval, wat garant staat voor veel luisterplezier. Een heerlijk boekje om voor te lezen denk ik, humoristisch en avontuurlijk, zou deze als kind echt geweldig hebben gevonden. Als volwassene ook nog wel, maar dit boekje was voor mij minder betoverend dan Roverandom, misschien net wat meer echt op kin ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
Aug 27, 2014 Elephas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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".
Brian Armstrong
Dec 16, 2014 Brian Armstrong rated it it was amazing
A very well written book.
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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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