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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; deluxe edition

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 hardcover  
1997 paperback  
2002 paperback  
2002 paperback
5th impression  
2008 hardcover & 2009 paperback  
2008 hardcover deluxe  
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)