Rover should never have bitten the wizard's trousers. His punishment was to be transformed into a toy, and now he is forced to track down the magician so he can be returned to normal. His adventures will take him to the moon and under the sea, introducing him to many fabulous - and dangerous - creatures.
Inspired by the ...more
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The tale is quaint and fairly short in which a dog, initially named Rover, is turned into a toy as an act of revenge because he bit a mean old sand sorcerer. Some people really are that petty. This leads to a series ...more
Evidently Tolkien wrote it for, or maybe just told it to, his second son after said son had lost a toy dog on a beach ...more
It is a book for very young children, so don't expect anything heavy and involved - I finished the book in two hours (an hour a sitting).
That said, one of the things I really, really, really love about Tolkien is that he doesn't pander to his audience. There are words and puns, usages and phrases that one would think that you would have to be older to understand and appreciate. Tolkien, however, does not ever so insult his audience. His complicated words ...more
Do infeliz encontro de um cão chamado Rover com um feiticeiro não muito simpático resulta que, por não usar as simples palavras "por favor", Rover acaba transformado num pequeníssimo cão de brincar. Assim, acabamos por partir com Rover numa maravilhosa aventura desde a superfície da Lua até às profundezas do mar!
Embora o fantástico não seja o meu g ...more
1. This book follows the tale of a dog named Rover who incurs the wrath of a wizard and gets shrunk down to a tiny size. We follow him on his mission to find the wizard so he can be returned to his original size. Whilst on this quest he ventures to the moon and down to the depths of the ocean, all the while making friends and discovering things he didn't know about himself.
2. I love J.R.R. Tolkien and think this is one of the quaintest little reads I have read in a long time! ...more
First, honestly, if you are going to have notes in the back of the book, could you please (with a cherry on top) let the reader know when there is a note? Just saying.
This is not as good as LOTR or the Hobbit,yet a reader can see the beginnings of both in this story. It is hard not to see figure of Gandalf and even Biblo in this short story about a dog. It isn't, I think, as child friendly to outloud reading as the Hobbit. It lacks that later book's charm.
Escribir un cuento así partiendo de un hecho tan "normal" es de admirar.
Las descripciones que hace de los lugares que visita Rover te hacen viajar directamente a la Tierra Media, con sus magos, sus dragones...
I liked the story as it was intended, a tale for children. However, I'm terribly disappointed I read this in the Dutch translation. Not to say that the translation was bad per se, but I think it lost a lot of the magic of Tolkiens use of language. In the introduction there's a lot of mentions of all his language games and when I read those little English snippets, I felt a pang of regret of not getting the English edition. Alas, my library doesn't carry that.
I was also misled ...more
There is something of the lightness that makes The Hobbit so much fun, but since Tolkien never fully prepped this book for publication, the final effort was never made to make this appealing to children. I'm sure Roverandom was much better when it was a homey story exclusively for his children.
When reading this my first mistake was to read the introduction, which didn't leave off at telling the provenance o ...more
I thought it was pretty good. There are the Tolkienesque elements such as touching on his mythology (which are fairly boringly summarised in the introduction and the notes section at the end), and or course wizards and dragons. Written around 1925, (the Hobbit ...more
—Algunos, pero no todos. Y rara vez enseguida, o exactamente como eran cuando se soñaron."
Tolkien escribió este libro para una de sus hijos, cuando perdió un perrito de juguete en la playa. Así, nos relata las aventuras de un perro, Rover, quién se cruza en el camino de magos, dragones y ballenas en su viaje de regreso a casa.
Es muy bonito y tierno, con enseñanzas como el respeto y la amistad. Aunque me pareció un poco pesado en algunos momentos y se ...more
Historia muito engraçada e fofa!! Mas eu acho que ela se estende demais para uma historia infantil. Não sei.
It is certainly not as good as The Hobbit, or the LOTR, but I can see the very beginnings of Middle Earth in this story. At times, I could even see Gandalf himself in this story.
A fairly short story in all, by one of my favourite authors which was enjoyable, but was lacking something. However, this book has Tolkien's st ...more
This story was so sweet and cute as the history behind it.
I loved the illustrations too and I enjoyed these moments that reminded me of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit.
A fun little adorable tale!
In 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, endured several drafts over the years. Now, more than seventy years later, the adventure
Its a lot of fun see poor little Roverandom getting on the wrong side of a wizard and his adventure after this. This for me is how children story should be one of magic and adventure with a lesson in manners.
His imagination knows no boundaries ...more
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Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan ...more