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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.

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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😉😉.

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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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  • Laura
  • 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.

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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.

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  • D M BOYCE
  • Ooltewah, TN, United States
  • 01-26-17

What a pleasure

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

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Nice short story

Good sort of thing to listen to when you want some light fantasy. It's like a fairy tale but with a few morals scattered throughout

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struggled to finish this most definitely.

I have enjoyed many stories from Tolkien but this one...not my favorite. it's rather long drawn out and boring. I had to start this book over 3 times just to finish it and it was quite the chore to listen to the last word.

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creative but hard to grasp

This fantasy short story is good because it's by beloved Tolkien, but it was a little hard for me to grasp what "fairy" was and the mysterious realm star-brow travels. Very interesting to see a connection with LOTR in that he was hinting at elvish folk with his descriptions of the fairy people. I didn't like the story much.

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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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  • 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).

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