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Farmer Giles of Ham

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  5,089 Ratings  ·  217 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the original story outline, the original first-edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and the author's notes for an unpublished sequel.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
This is a great little tale full of bravery, heroism and Tolkien’s ever so subtle humour.

Farmer Giles saves his farm and, as a consequence, the local village from a rampaging giant. This earns him a fierce reputation for heroism; thus, he is rewarded by the King with a rather glamourous sword. The King, believing this to be a mere ceremonial weapon, parts with the blade gladly. It turns out that the sword is actually Tailbiter, an ancient weapon that carries a powerful enchantment. Indeed, it c
Dec 14, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardback
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.
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. :)
Dec 30, 2012 Αλίκη rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Βραβείο καλύτερου μικρού βιβλίου 2012 από το aliceinbookworld
Bjørk Rúnadóttir
J.R.R. Tolkien proves yet again why he is the master of story telling. This was a nice and fluffy read, with a nice pace and a wonderful cast of characters. The world building was spot on, and overall a fast read.
For those who want to read Tolkien, but are to intimated to read Lord Of The Rings, this book is a nice start, because you get a snippet of how extraordinary his storytelling can be.
3 stars because everyone was horrible to Chrysophylax.
Karl Orbell
May 14, 2016 Karl Orbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I count myself as a big Tolkien fan. Most of my life I quoted The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings as my favourite book and still hold them at the very peak of my lists. But truly, I cannot call myself a Tolkien fan of any note, as my exposure to his work is somewhat limited. I have read the well known books and know them well of course, but nothing else of his until fairly recently. I greatly enjoyed The Silmarillion when I got around to it a few years ago and read his collection of Father Christmas ...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
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
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
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
Feb 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 24, 2016 Ash rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Interesting story about a farmer and a dragon. I enjoyed reading it. It was a funny story, not very serious.

Spoilers :
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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.
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.
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.)
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.
Jul 12, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick fun story and read. Tolkien has an amazing way in just creating a small realized place/world, and then telling a story there for its best effect.
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.
Un libro facil de leer, con una novela estilo "fabula".
Ivana de Bona
Mar 27, 2016 Ivana de Bona rated it it was amazing
Quite lovely!
Evey Morgan
Nota: 3.5/5
Brian Armstrong
Dec 16, 2014 Brian Armstrong rated it it was amazing
A very well written book.
Indah Threez Lestari
Aug 12, 2013 Indah Threez Lestari rated it really liked it  ·  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
Anna [Floanne]
Giganti maldestri, un drago sputafuoco, una spada magica, un astuto fattore, un re sprovveduto, un cane parlante, una simpatica giumenta grigia e un inestimabile tesoro: ecco gli ingredienti mescolati magistralmente da Tolkien in questa bella fiaba per bambini. Il tutto condito da quel pizzico di humor che fa sorridere ma non eccede mai. Posso solo immaginarmi i figli di Tolkien seduti accanto a lui, mentre racconta loro le imprese del Fattore Giles! Io lo leggerò ai i miei, perché è un racconto ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Geoff rated it liked it
A Children's story that isn't that bad. Nothing as good as The Hobbit, but nevertheless enjoyable. But what is nice about this edition, is that it's the 50th anniversary edition. It has the original artwork, including two full color pages, the story, along with the 1st printing of the story, and a proposed sequel. The first edition of this story was about 40 pages shorter, and it was interesting to see the differences between the two. The sequel is only a few pages long, and really doesn't give ...more
Howard Dickins
Jan 07, 2017 Howard Dickins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Farmer Giles is a delightful book, a classic tale of a man, a dog, a giant and a dragon. And unrelated to Tolkien's other works - it's set in ancient Britain, not Middle Earth. The illustrations by Pauline Baynes are charming too, and reminiscent of medieval art. I read this book aloud to my wife over the course of 4 evenings - it lends itself well to being read aloud. (And I imagine total reading time is easily less than 3 hours)

This book was a great rediscovery; while I had fond memories of it
Peter Linkesch
Oct 31, 2016 Peter Linkesch rated it really liked it
Shelves: tolkien-s-shelf
Dobre sa mi čítala kniha. Autor si myslel, že to bude rozprávka pre deti. Viac a viac dospelých ľudí číta knihu a sú unesení. Dobrom zmysle.
Príbeh je jasný, jednoduchý. Farmer Giles porazili obora. Kráľ sa odvďačí a dostane meč, Tailbiter. Ľudia sú šťastný a vyhlasujú: Farmer Giles was a hero. Zlato a striebro prilákalo draka, Chrysophylax. Kráľ sa rozhodol zavolá Farmer Giles a on porazí draka.... či sa to podarí nechám to na čitateľov.
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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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