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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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.