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Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
Smith of Wootton Major Farmer Giles of Ham Author:J.R.R. Tolkien The book "Smith of Wootton Major" began as an attempt to explain the meaning of Faery by means of a story about a cook and his cake. This was intended to be part of a preface by Tolkien to George MacDonald's famous fairy story "The Golden Key". But Tolkien's story grew to become a tale in its own right. — It is not connected to the Middle-earth l... more »egendarium, except by the thematic "Faery" motif of the traveller who journeys to a land which lies beyond the normal world and is usually beyond the reach of mortals. (Smith can thus be likened to Beren in the realm of Thingol, or Eärendil journeying to Valinor.)
"Farmer Giles of Ham" is a novella written by J. R. R. Tolkien in 1937 and published in 1949. The story describes the encounters between Farmer Giles and a wily dragon named Chrysophylax, and how Giles manages to use these to rise from humble beginnings to rival the king of the land. It is cheerfully anachronistic and light-hearted, set in a fantasy Great Britain of long ago, with mythical creatures, medieval knights, and primitive firearms. It is only tangentially connected with the author's Middle-earth legendarium: both were originally intended as essays in "English mythology".
J.R.R. Tolkien was at Pembroke College, Oxford, as a Professor of Anglo-Saxon from 1925 to 1945 and then, until his retirement in1959, as Merton Professor of English Language and Literature. His chief interest is in the literary and linguistic tradition of the English West Midlands, especially in Beowolf, the Ancrene Wisse, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; but he is better known to the reading public as the author of The Farmer Giles of Ham, The Hobbit, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and thethree volumes of The Lord of The Rings.« less