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Farmer Giles of Ham/The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
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....
Smith of Wootton Major
The cook must prepare the traditional Great Cake for the village children's party, unbeknownst to him the star amongst the silver trinkets bestows a special gift on the one who finds it. The lad grows up to be the finest of iron smiths, but prone to disappear, wandering abroad in parts unknown - a land of strange magic, a privilege and gift of the few. A fable, a myth, and a parable at the edge of the worlds of mortal man and faery, it should be more wid...
The Hobbit
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, which is a small simple creature. He enjoys living in his quiet neighborhood. One day, a wizard named Gandalf and a bunch of dwarves convince him to come on an adventure with them to take treasure that once belonged to Thorin, one of the dwarves. Bilbo hesitates but agrees and they begin their journey. As the journey progresses, Bilbo becomes much more courageous and useful to the group. While stuck in underground tunnels, B...
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
It breaks my heart to say it, but Tolkien was an even better and more interesting a letter writer than CS Lewis (they were long time friends). The editors (H. Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien) know what we want in a book like this, and start us off with a letter or two to his wife in 1914. We rapidly progress to the 1937-73 period with lots of discussion of his fiction. Marvellous insights into the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, Farmer Giles, ...

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The Lord of the Rings
Frodo Baggins inherits his uncle Bilbo's estate, in addition to a marvelous magical ring. Soon, a friend of Bilbo's shows up and tells Frodo that the ring has to be destroyed in the fires of a special mountain or else the evil Sauron will take over all of middle earth. Frodo's friends Samwise, Meriadoc, and Peregrin join him on his trip. They go to an inn in a little town called Bree where they meet a stranger called "Strider" by some, Aragorn by oth...
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
A ordinary hobbit called Frodo Baggins gets caught up in fight to destroy the powerful One Ring, before the evil Sauron can get hold of it, and use it to enslave the free creatures of Middle Earth....
The Return of the King
It is the last book of the "Lord of the Ring". At last, the Ring is destroyed by Frodo and Sam, and Aragorn becomes the king....
The Silmarillion
This book follows the creation of the Elves, their time on Middle-Earth, and the coming of the Age of Man. Many descriptions of wars, places and characters. A tough but worthy read. The main story is the creation of the Silmarils, their loss and recovery. ...
The Two Towers
The Fellowship is broken. Frodo and Sam alone now travel to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. "The Three Runners," Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli track the kidnapped hobbits, Merry and Pippin. Saruman the White sends his Uruk-hai army to destroy the kingdom of Rohan. Gandalf the Grey returns as Gandalf the White, and informs The Three Runners that the hobbits are safe, and then set out to assist in the defense of Rohan....


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