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Farmer Giles of Ham. 1949 Farmer Giles of Ham
by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Edition 1949
George Allen & Unwin
ISBN: None
Hardback in dust jacket
Jacket illustration by Pauline Baynes
80 pages
Price: 6s

Farmer Giles of Ham, a novella by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Published on 20 October 1949.

The text is illustrated throughout by Pauline Baynes.
The designs on the binding and the endpapers were also drawn by Pauline Baynes.

To C.H. Wilkinson

Details of all British editions of Farmer Giles of Ham can be found at TolkienBooks.net.

Blurb – Dust Jacket Flap
Here is a new tale by the author of The Hobbit, a fairy story which was acclaimed by discerning critics as possessing an imaginative vitality as rare as genius. Farmer Giles, rather than a fairy story of any usual kind, is an imaginative history of the distant and marvellous past. Its scene is the valley of the Thames and this island of Britain, while it was “still happily divided into many kingdoms,” in the days before King Arthur or the Seven Kingdoms.

Here is a new hero, unheroic, but fortunate and shrewd, Farmer Giles of Ham, and his mare, and his dog. Here also for dragon-fanciers, is another dragon, less terrible perhaps than Smaug, but no less wealthy or wily: Chrysophylax of imperial line.

The story was not written for children in particular, but many of them will enjoy it all the more for that, as some already have. Its imaginative atmosphere and magic are best captured when it is read aloud, when it will live with all the force of “a tale that holdeth children from play and old men from the chimney corner.”

The delightful embellishments by Pauline Diana Baynes include two plates in colour.

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