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Tales from the Perilous Realm (Middle-Earth Universe)

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Four classic tales from the author of The Hobbit

The fat and unheroic Farmer Giles of Ham is called upon to do battle with the dragon Chrysophylax: Niggle the painter sets out to paint the perfect tree: Hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls partake in the adventures of Tom Bombadil: and Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the land of Faery via the magical ingredients of a
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Paperback, 178 pages
Published September 2nd 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1949)
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Bookworm Sean
What could be worth reading more than a collection of wonderful tales written by Tolkien? This is an excellent read and I would recommend it to anybody who has read any of Tolkien’s more famous work such as The Hobbit. These are more a kin to the The Hobbit than The Lord of the Rings because they take on a more childish note, rather than the darkness associated with the lord of the Rings.

-Roverandom-3*-A fantastically childish book that is thoroughly charming.

This is a short tale in which a do
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Jason Koivu
This collection of Tolkien's shorter works (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf By Niggle, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and Smith of Wootton Major) rely on England's "tales of yore" and its faery-filled past.

Though not what he is remembered for, they are intriguing reads. Their whimsical nature echos the more fanciful scenes in The Hobbit, but beyond that - and obviously the inclusion of Bombadil in Fellowship - there is little resemblance to these short works and his epics. (For something in the midd
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Nikki
This edition seems to be combined with other editions that have different content -- mine contains only four stories: 'Farmer Giles of Ham', 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil', 'Leaf by Niggle', and 'Smith of Wootton Major'. I've already read the latter in an extended edition. It's worth picking up this book -- or the version with 'Roverandom' in it as well -- to get an idea of Tolkien's real idea of fairy tales. Possibly best read along with 'On Fairy-Stories', which some editions also contain.

'F
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Lada
Tales from the primevael mythic land set in illo tempore by one of writers of fairy tales written in the form of novels such as Lord of the ring, the Hobbit. He is a master of artistic fairy tale where the marvellous rejoins the real, and becomes integrated into it. These tales are those that are outside his great of novels, yet they envoilp them in such way that they form their setting. Masters Giles or Aegidus of Hamo, village in an unknown indeterminate time, such of glory and chivalry when t ...more
Steph
Tales from the Perilous Realm on audiobook was a delight. It's a BBC production, done up with sound effects and theatrical narration. It makes you feel like a child listening your grandfather tell you tall tales about the fantastical. I'm so glad I chose this for 1971 book read! :)

The book is the telling of four of JRR Tolkien's fairy tales.

"Farmer Giles of Ham"
Farmer Giles is a plump farmer living his quiet life in his village, Ham. One day a giant comes into his village and Giles manages to
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Fantasy Literature
There is a passage in one of the stories collected here that accurately sums up the content of the book itself. In "Leaf By Niggle," J.R.R. Tolkien describes a painting that the artist Niggle has been working on:

It had begun with a leaf caught in the wind, and it became a tree; and the tree grew, sending out innumerable branches, and thrusting out the most fantastic roots... Niggle lost interest in his other pictures; or else he took them and tacked them on to the edges of his great picture. Soo
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David Holec
Až se mě někdy někdo zeptá, kterou pohádkovou knihu bych mu doporučil, bude to tahle. Ať už normální, veršované, krátké, nebo dlouhé příběhy, všechny mají jedinečné a nezaměnitelné kouzlo. Tohle si brzy přečtu znovu, vždycky, když budu mít chmurné myšlenky, nebo jen špatný den. Díky, pane Tolkiene, za další skvělé čtení.
Michael
The Perilous Realm of the title is Faerie Land, but Tolkien has not people it with diaphanous butterfly-winged sprites, but by dangerous and enchanting elves, dragons and giants. The four branches of the book are each different from each other, despite the thematic connection.

Farmer Giles of Ham is the most straight-forward of the stories, the tale of a "little man" (though of great girth!) who is reluctantly forced into a heroic role. It is a humorous and somewhat satirical tale, easily enjoyed
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Joseph
A collection of Tolkien's better-known and more accessible non-Middle-earth fiction -- mostly longish stories (Smith of Wooton-Major, Farmer Giles of Ham, Roverandom, Leaf by Niggle), some poetry (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) and his essay On Fairy-Stories.

Of all these pieces, I think Roverandom was the only one I hadn't read at some point in the past, although it had probably been a good thirty years since last I read some of the other stories. As it happens, Roverandom was probably my least
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Laura
i love this book. initially read it when i was maybe ten or eleven- a well read library book i took out several times- and since buying for myself, have come to read it at least once a year.
beautifully crafted stories, charming and quirky, and as enjoyable for an eight year old as an eighty year old.
if you enjoyed The Hobbit, especially as a child, the same appeal most definitely can be found in this collection!
Barrett Brassfield
First off, I've been a Tolkien geek since I was twelve years old. I've read the biggies three times over and the various Silmarillion related publications too. I love it all. I love Tolkien's understanding of culture and metaphor, and his great respect for the power of language (see his wonderful essay On Fairy Stories) in creating mythology. Being a philologist he also understood the timeless nature of the various elements that come together in mythmaking and this adds a certain level of depth ...more
Miguel Boronha
"Tales from the Perilous Realm" is a collection of short-stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, unrelated to each other. Their themes and styles is quite different from what we are used to read from the author; in 'Roverandom', we have a masterfully written children's tale, meant to be read aloud. In 'Farmer Giles of Ham', Tolkien proves he was a genious when it came to humour, depicting one of the best knight vs dragon stories that has ever been written. 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil' is a series of poem ...more
Paul Lawston
JRR Tolkien is rightly famous for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Many people will also tell you that he wrote The Silmarillion (And we really do have to hope the film rights for that are never acquired and used) but beyond that most people would be hard-pressed to name another Tolkien story.

Tales from the Perilous Realm is a collection of some of his shorter fiction which deals with the land of Faerie in much the same way as Neil Gaiman's Stardust. It's just that, dare I say it, Stardust was
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Luciana Darce
Há tempos que estava de olho nesse livro. Quando finalmente o comprei, ele passou, pelo menos, uns dois meses sentado na minha estante, enquanto eu corria de um lado para o outro feito barata tonta com duzentos prazos por dia e mais uma monografia.

Mas então, finalmente, terminada a mono, esse foi o primeiro livro que tirei da estante.

Sou suspeita para falar de Tolkien. Ainda não li um livro dele de que não tenha gostado e, como já disse antes em algum lugar, no panteão da minha "religião literár
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Melanie
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, though I was expecting them all to be set in Middle Earth which isn't the case. They all show a lighter side to Tolkien's writing, more reminiscent of The Hobbit than Lord of the Rings.

Farmer Giles of Ham is an amusing tale and probably my favourite of the four included in the book. It follows Farmer Giles and shows how one small action can quickly spiral out of control!
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is actually somewhat misleading as a title, actually
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Socialbookshelves.com
Tales from the Perilous Realm is a beautiful collection of some of Tolkien's finest but most obscure works, illustrated (in my copy, at least) by Alan Lee. Lee also worked with the Tolkien estate on The Children of Húrin, which was edited by Tolkien's youngest son Christopher, and I was impressed by that as well.

Here, five of Tolkien's short stories are gathered together alongside an essay of his On Fairy-Stories - despite being an essay, it's highly readable and a fascinating insight in to both
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Ted Wolf
You need not be overly familiar with Tolkien's work to enjoy this book. In fact it may even be a nice introduction to Tolkien.

My digital version of this book includes four short stories Roverandom, Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major and Leaf by Niggle. There is also a collection of poems under the title of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and an essay On Fairy-Stories.

I've really enjoyed the short stories especially Farmer Giles of Ham.

I'm not much of a fan of poetry, but many of the poem
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Mila
1.Farmer Giles of Ham is a really nice story. Easy to read and very well told. It was my favorite out of the four.
2.The adventures of Tom Bombadil were nice, even though I had to really often needed to use my dictionary, since it was rhymes. In the end this, as story I was most looking forward to in this book, and also the reason I bought this, turned out as the story I was most disappointed with (disappointed compared to other Tolkien storys, since it's still amazing), mostly because only 2 o
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Silvio Curtis
"Farmer Giles of Ham" is a hilarious mock-heroic story about how a chance catapults a farmer from minding his own business and taking a firm approach to trespassers into dragon-hunting. "Leaf by Niggle" proves that even though Tolkien disliked allegories and I do too, he could write one (about art, it goes well with his essay "On Fairy-stories") and I can enjoy reading it. "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" is a collection of poems. Most are in a whimsical nursery-rhyme style, some are no less ima ...more
Matthew
J.R.R for kids, and big kids too

A set of 4 fairy tales from J.R.R, these tales are a perfect starter for anyone just starting with Tolkien as they are designed from any children with reasonable reading skills, Farmer Giles of Ham is a funny and witty tale of a farmer who may be braver than he thinks, Tom Bombadil tells tales in rhyme about all his adventures, Leaf by Niggle is about an artist who only wants to finish his picture and keeps getting distracted, and Smith of Wootton Major is about a
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Akhil
A great book to read for anybody beginning english reading.
A great children story book.
A great book to read for tolkien fans and lovers.
Peter
This brilliant collection of excentric tales is reflective of JRR Tolkeins' ability to write in so many different styles. For each work, he shifts toward the style which will complement it most.
For example, Farmer Giles of Ham is set in a quiet town, and the main character is a slightly selfish working- class sort of guy. Obviously, a bouncy and light style will complement this.
On the other hand, The Lord of the Rings is a spectacular epic, spanning almost a year and including more than three
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Ryan Troll
Wasn't bad. Nice to read a new story in Middle Earth; but it left me wanting more.
Andrew Malczewski
interesting, has that classic fairy story to it
Julia
И трите истории в книжката са много интересни и поучителни.Във всяка има по малко хумор и се осмиват недостатъците на хората и естествено, винаги има хубав край.
На мен любима ми е Фермера Джайлз от Емз.Имаше толкова комични моменти и размяна на реплики! А пък старата кобила на фермера беше незаменима за завършека на картината.Разказа е най-дългият и съответно има повече място за развитие на герои и историята.
Стихотворенията също бяха интересни.Старият трол е много весело!
Препоръчвам и даже мисля
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Fehiman
Yorumun aslı ve devamı Yorum Cadısı'nda.

Fantastik ögelerle dolu 4 hikâyeden oluşan bu kitap, artık başucu kitaplarımdan biri. Gece yatmadan önce masal niyetine veya gerçeklikten biraz olsun uzaklaşmak için tekrar tekrar okuyabilirim. Tolkien'ın üslubunu özleyenler için de Tehlikeli Diyardan Öyküler, kaçırılmaması gereken kitaplardan biri. Kitabın, Tolkien'ın üslubunu özleyenleri fazlasıyla memnun edeceğini düşünüyorum.
Bennievermeer
Besides 'Farmer Giles of Ham' and 'The Smith of Wootton Major', there's the exceptional 'Leaf by Niggle'. This "purgatorial story," as he once called it, is the closest Tolkien ever got to allegory, both of (his own) artistic creation and of everyman's progress through life, death and, eventually, paradise. Stylistically too, the story is an exception, revealing a kind of compassionate Kafka whose faerie realm might well just be a dream.

Read my full review: http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/200.
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Sandra
Four short stories, and I loved all of them! Farmer Giles Of Ham made me laugh out loud several times, I appreciated The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil because I quite enjoy Tolkien's poetry, Smith Of Wootton Major was very very interesting and Leaf By Niggle just made me smile a lot - especially the ending, it was perfect.

I just love reading Tolkien - his fantasy world is captivating and his writing is beautiful. Reading these stories just made me very happy and giddy and I indeed enjoyed them very
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Katrina
Tolkien's style of writing is most impressive. From his poems to his short stories of dragons and kings and chivalrous knights, it did not manage to bore me because of the endless adventures the book contained.

My favorite story would have to be about the dragon Chrysopyhlax and the farmer Giles of ham. Roverandom was a charming tale as well. This is perfect for anyone seeking for adventures out there.

There's a reason why Tolkien is part of the greatest authors who ever lived, and I now see why
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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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