Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien’s four novellas (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) are gathered together for the first time. This new, definitive collection of works — which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998 — comes with an illuminating introduction from esteemed author and Tolkien expert Tom Shippey as well as Tolkein’s most celebrated essay, “On Fairy-stories,” which astutely addresses the relationship between fairy tales and fantasy.
The book is the perfect opportunity for fans of Middle-earth to enjoy some of Tolkien’s often overlooked yet most creative storytelling. With dragons and sand sorcerers, sea monsters and hobbits, knights and dwarves, this collection contains all the classic elements for Tolkien buffs of all ages.
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Could we start to keep Icons Shown As Of Purchase?
Such icons help significantly to represent what I have, for years,
been purchasing; such representation was in place at time of
purchase, concerning some specific items to which I here refer.
I find increasingly tiresome the eventual and Unilateral switches
occurring, with regard to Icon Imagery for Book Items and for
Film Items, at the least, when these are marketed and then
purchased in electronic form; I sometimes prefer such cover art
as can (yes, subjectively so) appear far superior to that of some
later phase of marketing; and I find particularly helpful such
consistency as can result from packaging that varies little from
my hardcopy library to my electronic collections.
For me — and I am gladly aware that many others share this —
books and films, as well as music and visual art and so forth,
Really Mean Something (no true eloquence attempted here) . . .
and thus should be represented with Dignity, sometimes indeed
with a Coolness Factor . . . much or all of which is often kicked
out the window and over a cliff whenever we are forced into now
having New Icons that feature less preferred (and, by us, never
once chosen) cover art . . . or even any cover art such as shifts
and morphs like so much quicksand, governed largely or only by
the supposedly wondrous fashion, or marketing, of Right Now.
The present Book Item is from Tolkien; enough said, as of that,
to easily merit Four Stars; Five from me, given my Selected Icon.
Is anyone in Publications, or among Consumers, with me here?