Books by J. R. R. Tolkien: Middle-Earth Books, the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, Farmer Giles of Ham (Study Guide)by Books Llc
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Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Middle-Earth Books, the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major, the Road Goes Ever On, the Children of Hurin, Middle-Earth Canon, Unfinished Tales, the Adventures of Tom Bombadil, List of Middle-Earth Writings, Songs for the Philologists, the History of Middle-Earth, Bilbo's Last Song, the Father Christmas Letters, Mr. Bliss. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: First edition cover"Farmer Giles of Ham" is a Medieval fable written by J. R. R. Tolkien in 1937 and published in 1949. The story describes the encounters between Farmer Giles and a wily dragon named Chrysophylax, and how Giles manages to use these to rise from humble beginnings to rival the king of the land. It is cheerfully anachronistic and light-hearted, set in a fantasy Great Britain of long ago, with mythical creatures, medieval knights, and primitive firearms. It is only tangentially connected with the author's Middle-earth legendarium: both were originally intended as essays in "English mythology."The book was originally illustrated by Pauline Baynes . The story has appeared with other works by Tolkien in omnibus editions, including The Tolkien Reader and Tales from the Perilous Realm .Plot summary Farmer Giles (AEgidius Ahenobarbus Julius Agricola de Hammo, "Giles Bronze-beard Julius Farmer from Ham") is not a hero. He is fat and red-bearded and enjoys a slow, comfortable life. But a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blunders on to his land, and Giles manages to ward him away with a blunderbuss shot in his general direction. The people of the village cheer: Farmer Giles has become a hero. His reputation spreads across the kingdom, and he is rewarded by the King with a sword named Caudimordax ("Tailbiter") which turns out to be a powerful weapon against dragons.Th..