Tales from the Perilous Realm - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Tales from the Perilous Realm is a compilation of the "classic fairy tales" of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Enchanted by a sand-sorcerer, the toy dog Roverandom explores a world filled with strange and fabulous creatures; the fat and unheroic Farmer Giles of Ham is called upon to do battle with the dragon Chrysophylax; Hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls partake in the adventures of Tom Bombadil; Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the land of Faery via the magical ingredients of a giant cake; and Niggle the painter sets out to paint the perfect tree.
The "Perilous Realm" refers to Faërie, a broad term for the fantastical dimension visited by each tale in a different way.
A Plethora of Content, Sumptuously Illustrated by Alan Lee
- Introduction by Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey
- Roverandom, a short story about a dog that turns into a toy
- Farmer Giles of Ham, a short story about an English farmer who encounters a dragon
- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, a collection of poems claiming to be "of Hobbit origin"
- Smith of Wootton Major, a short story talking about Nokes, who recently had become a Master Cook and have to prepare a special Great Cake for the Feast of Good Children
- Leaf by Niggle, a highly allegorical short story about a character, Niggle, who is thought to represent Tolkien's ambition and anxieties as a fantasy author
- Tolkien's lecture and essay "On Fairy-Stories"
- Afterword by Alan Lee