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golden anniversary edition of Tolkien’s classic book, including a new introduction, a map, a copy of Tolkien’s unpublished short story which he expanded for publication, his notes for an aborted sequel, and the original first edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes.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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This is the 50th anniversary edition of Tolkien's best-loved short fairy story, originally told to his children in the 1920s and expanded for publication in 1949. Bluff Farmer Giles lives in a land-of-fable England, full of giants and dragons. A reluctant hero like the Brave Little Tailor or Bilbo in The Hobbit, Giles wins a great reputation by firing his blunderbuss at a wandering giant--who retreats not in fear but to avoid this tiresome stinging "insect". One thing leads to another, and despite all his excuses the now famous Giles is called to save his country from the marauding dragon Chrysophylax. He has a legendary anti-dragon sword and a lot of luck, but dragons can be as devious as politicians... Tolkien crammed much sly wit into his little story, plus jokey philological explanations that Giles's amazing adventures are commemorated in Thames Valley placenames like Worminghall and Thame. It's illustrated with nearly 50 line drawings by Paula Baynes: Tolkien loved these, but some look sadly faded here, like fourth-generation photocopies. As a bonus, the anniversary edition includes an introduction telling the story's history, a transcription of the original, unfinished draft, and 23 pages of notes on allusions and names (Chrysophylax means "keeper of gold", which is indeed what dragons do). A pleasant gift book. -- David LangfordReview:
‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’
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Book Description George Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Book Condition: Fair. 1st Ed(AsSuch). N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. Bookseller Inventory # GRP89945263
Book Description George Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Book Condition: Good. 1st Ed(AsSuch). N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP69992051
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1969. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Baynes, Pauline Diana (illustrator). 6th printing. Clean and unmarked. Patterned endpapers. 78pp. Dust jacket has a pale stain to back panel. New mylar cover. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 043078
Book Description George Allen and Unwin / Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0048231312 1966 reprint hardback with dustjacket. A little wear to edges, small stain to rear of DJ. Internally clean. Very good / very good - condition. Bookseller Inventory # A14A20014
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. No Jacket. 19 to 25 cm tall, Octavo, (8vo). 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide. Robust packaging. Bookseller Inventory # 125774
Book Description Allen & Unwin, London, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. BAYNES, Pauline (illustrator). A very good hardcover book in laminated pictorial boards, covers having only minor shelf wear and small original price sticker to back board. Reset in new format 1976. First edition in this format. Bookseller Inventory # 011201
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1976. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Baynes, Pauline (illustrator). eleventh inpression new format. Hard Cover. Bookseller Inventory # 126690
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1976. Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Pauline Baynes (illustrator). Reset and New Format First Thus. FARMER GILES OF HAM The Rise and Wonderful Adventures of Farmer Giles, Lord of Tame Count of Worminghall and King of the Little Kingdom. J. R. R. Tolkien. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London 1976 Reset and New Format First Thus ISBN 0048231312 64pp Illustrated Hardback. This copy is in fine unmarked condition, bright, white, tight and square. Bound in illustrated paper covered boards there is some sunning to the spine, a dust wrapper is not called for. "Farmer Giles of Ham" is a comic 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 Britain in an imaginary period of the Dark Ages, and featuring 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. Ref S1 Size: 64pp. Bookseller Inventory # 011198
Book Description George Allen and Unwin, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Very Good, lightly dust-soiled, corners bumped, pages a bit toned and with light foxing, in a Very Good dust jacket with price intact, with rubbing and light soiling, a bit of chipping (mainly to spine ends), edge wear and two 2-inch tear to the front panel, one neatly mended from the rear. A nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 160802002