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Farmer Giles. Tom Bombadil. 1975 Farmer Giles of Ham
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Edition 1975
Unwin Books
ISBN: None
Cover illustration by Pauline Baynes
144 pages
Price: £1.00

A collection containing:

  • Farmer Giles of Ham, a novella by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in 1949.
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, a collection of poetry by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in 1962.
Published on 30 October 1975.

The text is illustrated throughout by Pauline Baynes.

The ISBN (0048231258) is not stated in the first printing, and was possibly not assigned until the second printing was issued by Unwin Paperbacks in 1977.

Farmer Giles of Ham is dedicated to C.H. Wilkinson.

Details of all British editions of Farmer Giles and Tom Bombadil can be found via these links to Tolkienbooks.net:

Publisher’s Blurbs
Farmer Giles of Ham
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 of 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.

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."

"fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom . . . full of a scholar’s wit" – Sunday Times

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Here is something that no devotee of the Hobbit epic can afford to miss, while awaiting a further instalment of the history of these fascinating people. For during his renewed study of the ‘Red Book’, undertaken in order to prepare more of its contents for publication, the editor of The Lord of the Rings became interested in verses that are to be found in it, apart from those included in the various tales and legends: pieces written out on loose leaves, crowded into blank spaces, or scrawled in margins.

"They are by turns gay, prattling, melancholy, nonsensical mysterious. And what is most exciting and attractive about them is their superb technical skill. Professor Tolkien revealed in the verses scattered through The Hobbit that he had a talent for songs, riddling rhymes, and a kind of balladry. In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil the talent can be seen to be something close to genius" – Anthony Thwaite, The Listener

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