Farmer Giles of Ham

Farmer Giles of Ham

Hardback

By (author) J. R. R. Tolkien, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes, Edited by Christina Scull, Edited by Wayne G. Hammond

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 118mm x 154mm x 22mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007542933
  • ISBN 13: 9780007542932
  • Edition statement: Pocket edition
  • Illustrations note: 50 b/w illus, 2 col plates
  • Sales rank: 99,820

Product description

A commemorative golden anniversary edition of Tolkien's classic book, including a new introduction, a map, a copy of Tolkien's unpublished short story which he expanded for publication, his notes for an aborted sequel, and the original first edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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'A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom' Sunday Times