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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
  • Beijing, China
  • 01-18-17

Charming

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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😉😉.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Lawren
  • Stirling, NJ, United States
  • 07-17-17

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What a pleasure

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Short, Very Cute.

An easy listen for any Tolkien fan. Child friendly and whimsical. Perfecft Tolkien, as always.

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Another enjoyable short story by Tolkien

Making up for lost time, I've listened to 3 short stories by Tolkien in the last couple of weeks. Like the first one, Leaf by Niggle, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. (Mr Bliss, not so much.)

Great fun for chidren and adults alike.

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Great for the little child in all of us

Narration is good and the short story is very enjoyable. Grab your children or grandchildren get out the milk and cookies and go on a little journey to fairies land.

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It's Okay

The narration is fine and you could find worse ways to spend an hour, but this isn't the Tolkien most of us want to read. It's a pleasant enough fairy tale.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. R. G. Koren
  • 04-18-17

Enchanting

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful