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Publisher's Summary

Combined into one volume, this is the definitive collection of Tolkien's five acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tales in the vein of The Hobbit, read by Derek Jacobi.

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 joined here in one volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for listeners 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.

Taken together, this rich collection of work from the author of The Children of Húrin will provide the listener with a fascinating journey into lands as wild and strange as Middle-earth.

©2016 J. R. R. Tolkien (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Great to hear these tales, by Tolkien

These are a little different and slightly lighter than his other writings although there are deeper meaning under the serface

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  • VMR
  • 21-09-2019

Thoroughly charming

This is the most charming book and Derek Jacobi makes it sing. His voice is so nimble and warm. I’m now off to listen to all of his narrations. Stories are also a balm for a listener: I love cowardly dragons and adventurous dogs and merpeople with an attitude. If your heart is in a need of a bit of a balm (and whose isn’t) this book is it.

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  • Linda Luella
  • 28-03-2017

Enjoyable Tolkien short stories

This was just an enjoyable series of shorts well performed and written in Tolkien's simple, well-written, inimitable English storytelling style. Like Winnie the Pooh and so many English stories, this collection is just nice, good fiction with kind Christian morals deeply hidden in a satisfying story. If you like Tolkien, Narnia, Milne, and the gentler English fiction well worth the credit.

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  • Joe Blount
  • 02-06-2019

Some absolute gems, but some filler as well.

Excellent narration, and some excellent stories. However, it feels like filler stories pad the run-time.

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  • Gvido
  • 11-07-2018

Funny and cosy reading

Several short stories by J.R.R.Tolkien that made me smile, laugh and think. Very well read! Loved it!

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  • Terri Raymond
  • 03-01-2021

Tolkien Rules!

I am very glad I decided to read other stories by Tolkien at 70 years old, after reading the Trilogy first time in 1960's and three times since. I enjoyed Tales of the Perilous Realm, very different from Lord of the Rings, but just as amazingly creative and never a dull moment. I would say it would appeal to children under 12 more than the Trilogy did. But I got deeply lost in the stories, and Derek Jacobi did a great job.

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  • Santiago
  • 26-10-2016

outstanding narration

he gives life to this book, his accent is a caress to the ears. he's style is magnificent

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  • Bhc
  • 07-10-2016

Fun stories<br />

very enjoyable listening, just plain fun..Narration is good to, Enjoyed it.one of my favorite authors. great for a stormy day.

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  • Linda H.
  • 12-01-2021

tolkien is the master story teller.

Loved it. Stories full of fun and adventure. Leaf by Niggle and Farmer Giles should be known across the land.

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  • SparkleMouse
  • 03-01-2021

Splendid narration!

“Leaf by Niggle” is one of the best stories about creativity, faith and humility ever written for non-academic readers. So human and honest, it blazes with meaning without preaching, as good as C.S. Lewis. “Smith“ is of the same calibre, and “Farmer Giles” charms as if just written. I appreciate the whimsy of the poems, but they were not as anticipated as the stories, which glow with the same exhilarating fire as when I was a child, and, best of all, inspire me to once again take long walks, paint, write, garden, and find fellowship with my neighbors. (That said, the mystifyingly synthetic “medieval” music linking the pieces drove me barking mad. :>})

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  • D. Barnas
  • 23-12-2020

Enjoyed.

I enjoyed it. Good narration. I do wish that the individual sections and chapters were identidlfied in the table of contents rather than generic Chapter 1.

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  • Jules
  • 04-12-2017

Hmm

I'm not really sure what I think of this odd collection of stories. Tolkien's imagination is clear but I found some of them quite unfathomable. I'm not sure how many children would enjoy them. Brilliantly read.

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  • BrightSpear
  • 27-12-2019

Just so relaxing

Perfect reading of these stories, brought together in one volume. The only criticism is a technical one. Why when each story, poem or chapter has a name does audible only list them as chapter 1,2,3 ..... etc

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  • Rajdeep
  • 01-05-2018

lovely listen

Apart from Tom's story ( personal preference), it's a delightful collection of stories in typical Tolkien's style.

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  • Dave
  • 16-05-2018

Takes from the perilous realm

Very entertaining and inspiring can't wait till I get started on the next book that's it

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  • vicky buckland
  • 12-06-2018

dogs

I like dogs and fantasy this is perfect for me :3 I keep coming back :D

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  • Paul Roberts
  • 07-12-2019

Tales from a perilous realm.

one of Tolkien's lesser known works,in truth I found it rather tedious but redeemed by the leaf by Niggle story and not without humour in fairness. Derek Jacobi's voice also seemed absolutely ideal light and more than capable of expressing both the humour & when necessary the odd time of darkness . I have mr. jacobi's Letters from Father Christmas also by Tolkien which I think is superior and well worth a listen especially at this time of the year.

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  • Yo
  • 30-06-2019

First class reading

I'm a fan of Tolkien and this book gave me the chance to explore some of his less known work. They are tales for children, plus a few poems of Sam Gangee's style, and the best: Leaf by Niggle, which is a Christian allegory. Jacobi's performance is outstanding. It's a real pleasure to listen to him. He even manages to read Oliphant with aplomb. Bravo.

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