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Tales from the Perilous Realm

Tales from the Perilous Realm
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
IllustratorAlan Lee (2008 edition)
ReleasedJanuary 1997
FormatHardcover; paperback

Tales from the Perilous Realm is a compilation, first published in 1997, of several stories and poems by J.R.R. Tolkien, which had been previously published separately.

Its only major relation to Middle-earth is The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, which features the character Tom Bombadil.


[edit] First Edition

The first edition of the book (1997) includes:

[edit] Expanded Edition

An expanded edition was published in September 2008, followed by the full-cast dramatization in October. In this edition is included the story Roverandom, essay On Fairy-Stories, as well as an introduction and afterword. It is illustrated by Alan Lee.

  • Introduction by Tom Shippey
  • Roverandom
  • Farmer Giles of Ham
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
  • Leaf by Niggle
  • Smith of Wootton Major
  • Appendix - On Fairy-Stories
  • Afterword by Alan Lee

[edit] From the publisher

The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
  • Roverandom is a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures.
  • Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic, but – having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant – is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town;
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells in verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls;
  • Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree;
  • 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.

[edit] Publication history and gallery

1997 edition hardcover  
1997 edition paperback  
2002 edition paperback  
2002 edition
5th impression  
2008 expanded edition hardcover  
2008 expanded edition paperback  
2008 deluxe edition  
Tales from the Perilous Realm
Farmer Giles of Ham · The Adventures of Tom Bombadil · Leaf by Niggle · Smith of Wootton Major
Roverandom (since 2008) · On Fairy-Stories (since 2008)