Farmer Giles of Ham/The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Book Summary and Study Guide

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Farmer Giles becomes the hero of the countryside after suposingly chasing off a giant who was stomping on the village. Farmer Giles is then sent by the king to kill a dragon. He makes a deal with the dragon not to kill him in return for the dragon's treasure, but Giles is deceived. Later, he is able to get all the dragon's treasure for himself, and the dragon becomes tame.
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The review of this Book prepared by Anna

If 'The Hobbit' is an introduction to 'The Lord of the Rings', then 'Farmer Giles' is an introduction to the 'The Hobbit'. Gentle and funny, whimsical and clever, this short story can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Farmer Giles of Ham lives in the age of knights, giants, dragons, and has a talking dog. He is an unwilling but eventually worthy hero. The poems that form 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil' are light whimsy and should be taken in that vein. They will be partly familiar if you know the Lord of the Rings. The other poems are more serious and 'The Hoard', about a treasure of gold and silver, is particularly good.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Adversaries are…    -   dragons (hostile) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) GIANT monster(s)    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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