Sunday, June 23, 2013

Farmer Giles of Ham - J.R.R. Tolkien

This is the eighth in my one-book-at-a-time bookshelf.

This little book contains some works 'from The Red Book' which are interesting and may have led me to buy the book but it is the tale of Farmer Giles that captivated me many years ago. This is a story that combines Tolkien's love of language and the history of names and his innate sense of humour. His sense of play is most evident in The Hobbit and in all of his writings about The Shire and the history and habits of its people. Peter Jackson clearly understood Tolkien's very English sense of the ridiculous in his film treatment of Merry and Pippin in the Lord of the Rings.

Farmer Giles of Ham is a delight, and for those who can find a copy make sure it is 'embellished by Pauline Diana Baynes' an added bonus.

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