A tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom.
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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, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. 1976. Ex-library rebound book with usual stamps and stickers. No jacket and general wear to boards edges rubbed and scuffed. Spine torn and ripped at hinges but binding remains tight. Light tan to textblock edge. A reading copy. Acceptable: a readable copy. All pages and the cover are intact (dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but notes cannot obscure the text. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0005964564
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Rubbing to dust jacket. Closed page edges have foxing. Average wear. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Ships quickly. Thanks for looking!!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000171675
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002964300
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003605849
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001842009
Book Description Allen and Unwin, 1974. Book Condition: Good. Reprint. Light wear to boards. Content is clean and bright. Good DJ in protective wrapper. Ex Library with stamps/labels, etc. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9996636016
Book Description George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere ALL ITEMS POSTED NEXT WORKING DAY. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000374960
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1973. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Pauline Diana Baynes (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First edition, tenth printing Octavo Hardback. 80 pp. Colour plates and Black & white text illustrations. Very Good + condition in very good price-clipped dust jacket (removal of small sticky label has also removed small amount of decoration from surface of the front of the jacket). No inscriptions. Bookseller Inventory # 064827
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000239261
Book Description London; George Allen & Unwin;, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good-. H/b; no d/w; Vg-; cover a bit rubbed especially around spine;; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 44472