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Smith of Wootton Major

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi.

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.

©1967, 2005 The Tolkien Trust (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Babbi
  • 18-01-2017

Charming

I loved this imaginative book, full of wonderful characters. It is such a fun read.

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  • Lynn Maudlin
  • 17-12-2016

A delightful journey along the edges of Faery.

J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, and the children's book, The Hobbit, with which it begins. But his shorter works are delightful and Smith of Wootton Major is a little gem. Don't miss it!

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  • Laura
  • 17-07-2017

Wonderful story. Highly recommend.

Tolkien creates something wonderful here, a story truly worth reading. It is a story that lodges itself in the soul, long after it has been read.

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  • A. Raymond
  • 04-02-2017

A lovely and hopeful story.

I really enjoyed hearing this story read aloud. I had read the story myself years ago, but this was a real treat. In fact I listened to the last 5 minutes sitting in the grocery store parking lot😉😉.

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  • D M BOYCE
  • 26-01-2017

What a pleasure

JRRT has created such wonder in his stories. this one is a good one read masterfully.

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  • Sue A Sturges
  • 06-08-2019

Very very short book!

Was so surprised at its length. I guess I should have checked before wasting a credit!

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  • Dragonfly Samurai
  • 02-04-2017

Great short story!

Would you listen to Smith of Wootton Major again? Why?

Sure. I don't have any kids at this time, but if I did this is one of those stories that would be great to share with them while getting ready for bed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Smith of Wootton Major?

With a story this short, I wouldn't say that it is developed enough to really separate and say that there is a certain section that I can't wait to get to. However, being so short it is one of those stories that is still able to flesh out good characters and be a simple, enjoyable listen.

What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Derek Jacobi does a great job at treating this as a great story for children and as such treats it in a way that would be enjoyable to them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

J. R. R. Tolkien. .. More than just an epic fantasy novelist!

Any additional comments?

This may not be for all people. It is not your typical adventure story. Probably something more along the lines of a subdued adventure story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-2019

A Nice Short Story

A different sort of story than one I'm used to reading by Tolkien. I enjoyed it though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2019

Great readee

Delightful, both the story and performance. The trombone intro was rather silly, but easily overlooked.

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  • Stat Crux
  • 13-06-2019

Wonderful

An excellent reading of one of Tolkien’s most moving short stories! Practically perfect in every way!

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  • Mrs. R. G. Koren
  • 18-04-2017

Enchanting

Quite possibly my favourite Tolkien story (besides The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit of course).

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  • mr a thomson
  • 26-08-2019

Really love this story

J R R Tolkien at his best. And you can even see whispers of concepts within this tail reflected in later works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2019

Tolkien on faery

A short story by tolkien, showing his passion for fay or faery. Beautifully written and very well read.

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  • Yikes!
  • 01-02-2019

A curious tale

This is an odd story, yet I find that I like it. Jacobi performs well. However, I much prefer the actual physical book with its mysterious illustrations.