This de luxe collector’s edition includes the first edition text and features an exclusive colour frontispiece illustration on a fold-out sheet. The book is quarterbound, with a specially commissioned motif stamped in three foils on the front board, and is presented in a matching slipcase. SIGNED BY ALAN LEE.
The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
• Roverandom is a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures.
• Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic, but - having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant - is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town;
• The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells in verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls;
• Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree;
• Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.
This new collection is fully illustrated throughout by Oscar-winning artist, Alan Lee, who provides a wealth of pencil drawings to bring the stories to life as he did so memorably for The Hobbit and The Children of Húrin. Alan also provides an Afterword, in which he opens the door into illustrating Tolkien's world.
World-renowned Tolkien author and expert, Tom Shippey, takes the reader through the hidden links in the tales to Tolkien's Middle-earth in his Introduction, and recounts their history and themes.
Lastly, included as an appendix is Tolkien's most famous essay, "On Fairy-stories", in which he brilliantly discusses fairy-stories and their relationship to fantasy.
Taken together, this rich collection of new and unknown work from the author of The Children of Húrin will provide the reader with a fascinating journey into lands as wild and strange as Middle-earth.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
‘An old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today… would leap to life when read aloud to a child’ Independent
Farmer Giles of Ham:
‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’ Sunday Times
Leaf by Niggle:
‘A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie’ New York Times
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil:
‘Something close to genius’ The Listener
Smith of Wootton Major:
‘Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty’ New Statesman
The definitive collection of J.R.R. Tolkien's four acclaimed modern classic fairy tales, finally together in a volume which reaffirms his place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
The fat and unheroic 'Farmer Giles of Ham' is called upon to do battle with the dragon Chrysophylax; Niggle the painter sets out to paint the perfect tree in 'Leaf by Niggle'; hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls partake in 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil'; and 'Smith of Wootten Major' journeys to the Land of Faery via the magical ingredients of a giant cake.
FARMER GILES OF HAM
"A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom"
LEAF BY NIGGLE
"A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie"
NEW YORK TIMES
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM BOMBADIL
"Something close to genius"
SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR
"Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty"
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 2008. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Alan Lee (illustrator). First Thus. Signed by Illustrator. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Tales From The Perilous Realm, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Harper Collins in 2008, Signed by the Illustrator, Alan Lee to the title page. One of only 500 signed copies from the publisher for world wide distribution. 'The definitive collection of five classic tales, written with the same skill, quality and hallmarks that made The Hobbit a beloved classic, with many exclusive features: This new collection draws together for the first time Roverandom, Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Smith of Wootton Major, and Leaf by Niggle, together with the landmark essay, 'On Fairy-stories', all fully reset and corrected for this edition. This De Luxe Edition matches in size and format with the other Harper Collins De Luxe Slipcased Editions, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Children of Hurin. Features a color frontispiece and more than fifty pencil drawings, specially commissioned from award-winning artist, Alan Lee. Printed on superior quality paper, and including a silk ribbon marker bound in. A De Luxe quarter-binding with grey boards, stamped in red, gold, and silver foil with a unique motif created by Alan Lee, and housed in a matching custom-built slipcase. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Bookseller Inventory # 1590
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 2008. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). De Luxe Edition. Signed by Illustrator. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A fabulous comprehensive set of the final 5 volumes of the De Luxe Editions of Tolkien's works, All books are still sealed in shrinkwrap, so the photos of opened copies are from other identical books. The Tales of the Perilous Realm and The Legend of Sigurd & Gundrun are thought to be later impressions, while all the rest are First Impressions of the UK De Luxe Editions. This Collection features a new Black Leather Custom Slipcase to house these final five of their 21st Century De Luxe Slipcased Editions. Comprised of the 2008 Harper Collins De Luxe Slipcased Edition of The Tales From the Perilous Realm, still sealed in shrinkwrap. Also included is the 2009 Harper Collins De Luxe Slipcased Edition of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, with illustrations by Bill Sanderson, still sealed in shrinkwrap. Included as well is the First Impression of the 2013 Harper Collins De Luxe Slipcased Edition of The Fall of Arthur, still sealed in shrinkwrap. The fourth book included is The First Impression of the 2013 Harper Collins De Luxe Slipcased Edition of The Unfinished Tales, still sealed in shrinkwrap. The fifth book included is the First Impression of the 2014 Harper Collins De Luxe Slipcased Edition of Beowulf, A Translation and Commentary, still sealed in shrinkwrap. All books are sealed in shrinkwrap and are in As New condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, Limited Editions, and odd bits of ephemera are available. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Bookseller Inventory # 1680