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Smith of Wootton Major & Leaf by Niggle | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

Smith of Wootton Major & Leaf by Niggle

Every twenty-four years in the village of Wootton Major the Feast of Good Children was held. This was a very special occasion and to celebrate it a Great Cake was prepared, to feed the twenty-four children who were invited. But inside there were some very strange ingredients and whoever swallowed one of them would gain the gift of entry into the Land of Faery.
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Publisher's Summary

Smith of Wootton Major
Every twenty-four years in the village of Wootton Major the Feast of Good Children was held. This was a very special occasion and to celebrate it a Great Cake was prepared, to feed the twenty-four children who were invited. The cake was very sweet and rich and entirely covered in sugar icing. But inside there were some very strange ingredients and whoever swallowed one of them would gain the gift of entry into the Land of Faery.

Leaf by Niggle
This story recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who set out to paint the perfect tree. But he sensed that he would be snatched away from his work long before it was finished, if indeed it could ever be finished in this world. For it was in another and brighter place that Niggle found his tree finished, and learned that it was indeed a real tree, a true part of creation.

©1967 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; ©1964 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1999 HarperCollins UK

What the Critics Say

"A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie." (The New York Times)

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

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    Would you listen to Smith of Wootton Major & Leaf by Niggle again? Why?

    Yes I would definitely listen again as I enjoyed the humour and well it is written by J.R.R. Tolkien


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    It is a shame that Tales from the Perilous Realm were sold separately as putting them all together as they are in the book and EBook would be more affordable especially as the stories are only short. Still a couple of great stories by Tolkien and well narrated by Derek Jacobi. Great bedtime stories for children and adults alike.

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    "Moving and uplifting tales and beautifully read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended - two highly original tales with a message if one wants to take one and enchanting imagery. Derek Jacobi does a wonderful job in reading these and seems to capture the intent of the narrative and give a suitable voice to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Smith of Wootton Major & Leaf by Niggle?

    There is something about the writing, enhanced by the reading, that conjures up deep imagery - a dream-like imagery in my case. Whilst it is strong, rather like trying to describe a dream I find that I can't put it into words.- but very good.


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

    I have listened to this a few times in the car: I only put it on when I know that I'll have time to listen to the whole story without having to stop.


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