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Georgius

Georgius was the son of Farmer Giles who became the king of the Little Kingdom. In the fragmentary legend of Georgius and his page Suovetaurilius (also known as Suet) there is mention of an outpost called Farthingho that was established to keep an eye on the neighboring Middle Kingdom.[1]

[edit] The Non-Sequel to the Story

After The Hobbit was published the company of Allen and Unwin wanted a sequel. Before and during his writing of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien asked if they would publish Farmer Giles of Ham. The problem was that Farmer Giles was too short for a stand-alone book. Tolkien offered to write another story set in the Little Kingdom, about "the adventures of Prince George (the farmer's son) and the fat boy Suovetaurilius (vulgarly Suet) and the Battle of Otmoor"[2] which would add enough material for a book. Eventually Farmer Giles would be published but Tolkien never wrote the sequel, which remained only a sketch.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Farmer Giles of Ham, Foreword
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 36, (dated 10 February 1939)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 121, (dated 13 July 1949)