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Farmer Giles of Ham | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

Farmer Giles of Ham

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!
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Publisher's Summary

Farmer Giles of Ham is one of Tolkien's most popular stories, full of wit and humour, set in the days when giants and dragons walked the earth. He 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!

©1949 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1999 HarperCollins UK

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 05-02-10
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 05-02-10 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "An exquisite story wonderfully narrated"

    When Tolkien writes stories, he writes them good! Let an excellent narrator, like Derek Jacobi, read it, and you have an exquisite tale. I'm sure you'll want to listen to this story again and again!

    Farmer Ham of Giles, the hero of the story, knows how to fight giants and dragons... a definite must, before you're stamped by a giant and warmed by a dragon.

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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 06-30-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 06-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Farmer to King"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Farmer Giles of Ham to be better than the print version?

    It is an enjoyable listen that goes well with the print version.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Derek Jacobi is excellent once again. Children will be able to follow along easily and perhaps even take more of the story in as a result of his narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in one sitting as the book is full of Tolkien 's humour and is well narrated and easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Children and adults alike, should enjoy this Tolkien adventure with a deadly dragon, a dog who keeps crying help and a farmer who becomes a king.

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