Farmer Giles of Ham, Hardback Book
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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golden anniversary edition of Tolkien's classic book, including a new introduction, a map, a copy of Tolkien's unpublished short story which he expanded for publication, his notes for an aborted sequel, and the original first edition illustrations by Pauline Baynes.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!


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 50 b/w illus, 2 col plates
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007542932

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This was the 50th Anniversary Edition with the original manuscript and notes on the intended sequel. This is a entertaining children's story with giants, dragons and an unlikely hero. It was interesting to see how the story progressed from the first manuscript to the final published version.