Farmer Giles of Ham
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Farmer Giles of Ham

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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the original story outline, the original first-edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and the author's notes for an unpublished sequel.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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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
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
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
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
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...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
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.
Chrysophylax 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.
Declan
I can't remember a time when I was young enough to really enjoy this. Some Tolkien fans will want read this because it's Tolkien. If that's you, I think you can put this on the bottom of your reading pile.

I will say, though, that the artwork is genuinely beautiful.
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.
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
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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First against a Troll and then against the Dragon of ancient kind and imperial lineage, and very rich, Chrysophylax.

This is a fabulous tale from J.R.R Tolkien, not in the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings realm, but still a nice and enjoyable-cosy read.
Lynnette
Farmer Giles of Ham (as he was called in the vulgar language) makes a great reputation for himself by chance. After scaring away a giant, he must defend the town from a dragon. Later his total taming of the dragon sets him in his new station in life.

This book appeals to the reader by the familiarity the author has with the reader. It is as if he is telling the story to you, rather than writing a book. Appeals to both boys and girls by using fantasy.
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Racconto di poche pagine ma intriso della genialità di Tolkien, il maestro del fantasy.
Quello che più mi è piaciuto è il suo tocco di umorismo velato, come anche in "Lo Hobbit", sempre presente, mai di troppo.
Come trasfmormare anche una piccola storia fiabesca, in un piccolo tesoro da custodire in una grotta custodita da un drago feroce.
Consigliato agli appassionati Tolkeniani.

http://kelanthsblog.blogspot.com/
Esther
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.
Christian
Where 'The Hobbit' was supposed to be a "Childrens Book", this one clearly is. Written after 'The Hobbit' and before 'Lord Of The Rings', it contains a lot of the same winning formula that went into Tolkien's first masterpiece, as well as an added dose of quirky humour to make it more appealing to kids. Highly amusing and entertaining. And it IS Tolkien, after all!
Helen
Moreso than in The Smith of Wooten Major, we see hints of LOTR, there being in Farmer Giles of Ham a country called "The Middle Kingdom" and humanity living uncomfortably side by side with the likes of dragons and giants. Farmer Giles is also a funny story, showcasing Tolkien's sense of humor in a way that we only see hints of in other books. Good stuff.
Julie
This story is really cute. I love Farmer Giles and his dog! An unknowing courage and almost foolish audacity guide them to the dragon Chrysophylax. Tolkien had an amazing gift in story telling, I'm consistently blown away by it. This tale is told like Medieval legend, and holds a certain charm that made me smile the whole time I read it.
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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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