A charming new pocket edition of one of Tolkien's major pieces of short fiction, and his only finished work dating from after publication of The Lord of the Rings. What began as a preface to The Golden Key by George MacDonald eventually grew into this charming short story, so named by Tolkien to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse. Composed almost a decade after The Lord of the Rings, and when his lifelong occupation with the 'Silmarillion' was winding down, Smith of Wootton Major was the product of ripened experience and reflection. It was published in 1967 as a small hardback, complete with charming black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and would be the last work of fiction to be published in Tolkien's own lifetime. Now, almost 50 years on, this enchanting tale of a wanderer who finds his way into the perilous realm of Faery is being published once again as a pocket hardback. Contained here are many intriguing links to the world of Middle-earth, as well as to Tolkien's other tales, and this new edition is enhanced with a facsimile of the illustrated first edition, a manuscript of Tolkien's early draft of the story, notes and an alternate ending, and a lengthy essay on the nature of Faery.
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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.Review:
"The book has a haunting quality, characteristic of the best of the 'deeper' folktales. It is a beautiful, memorable story." Times Educational Supplement "It may be compared to the most delicate miniature but it is one of a rare kind: the more closely it is examined the more it reveals the grandeur of its conception. Whoever reads it at eight will still be going back to it at eighty." New Statesman "A tremendously valuable volume with important new insights into Tolkien's way of working. It's also a beautiful hardcover edition of the story." Mythprint
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Book Description Unwin Paperbacks, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1378392
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004072867
Book Description Unwin Paperbacks, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1150383
Book Description Unwin, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Minor Cover Creases. Bookseller Inventory # 092257
Book Description Unwin. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0048232327. Bookseller Inventory # PP0032463
Book Description London: Unwin Paperbacks, 1983. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 78 pp. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8725627511560436684
Book Description Unwin, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P020048232327