An invitation to Tolkien's world, this rich treasury includes Tolkien's most beloved short fiction plus his now classic essay on fantasy, On Fairy Stories. Much of the book is illustrated in black-and-white by Pauline Baynes (of Chronicles of Narnia fame).
- Publisher's Note
- Tolkien's Magic Ring
An essay by Peter Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn)
- Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son
A dramatic verse-dialogue (in Anglo-Saxon style) which imagines the aftermath of the great Battle of Malden, when two of Beorhtnoth's retainers come to retrieve their duke's body.
- Tree and Leaf
Professor Tolkien's now-famous essay On Fairy Stories on the form of the fairy story and the treatment of fantasy, plus his short story Leaf by Niggle.
- Farmer Giles of Ham
An imaginative history of the distant and marvelous past that introduces the rather unheroic Farmer Giles, whose efforts to capture a somewhat untrustworthy dragon will delight readers everywhere.
- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
A collection of verse in praise of Tom Bombadil, that staunch friend of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.
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