Farmer Giles of Ham: The Rise and Wonderful Adventures of Farmer Giles, Lord of Tame, Count of Worminghall, and King of the Little Kingdom
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Gil’s dog is Garm, and Garm is the guardian of the Hell’s door in Norse Mythology (yet Tolkien’s Garm is rather a weeper than a guardian, but is able to talk), his favourite cow is Galathea (the goddess of milk) and his wife is Agatha.
One fine summer night Giles was woken up by the cries of Garm, who warned him of a giant trespassing upon his property. Farmer Giles's dog, Garm, is out enjoying a midnight stroll, as dogs do, when he happens across none other than a near-sighted giant, who accidentally squashes their poor cow, Galathea. But hapless farmers can be forced to become heroes, and Giles shrewdly makes the best of the situation. Tolkien’s love of wordplay is strongly evident, especially with regard to place names, and the story is much lighter in tone than some of his other works. The Tourney: One excuse the knights give for not immediately going after the dragon is that they'll lose the tourney if all their best knights are off hunting it.This review is based off of the Harper Collins Pocket Hardcovers sold in a set as the “Tolkien Treasury. Lakowski derives Chrysophylax both from medieval dragons and from comic stories contemporary with Tolkien, like Edith Nesbit's The Dragon Tamers and Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon. A 2008 reprint on the book's 60th anniversary included illustrations by Alan Lee and an introduction by scholar Tom Shippey. All confront Farmer Giles to give much thought to the Wide World outside his fields, the village, and the nearest market.
Il Cacciatore di Draghi è una favola che Tolkien decise di inventare e raccontare ai suoi figli per intrattenerli, per farli fantasticare, ma anche per lasciarli riflettere sulla storia antica, di tempi ormai lontani e perduti, dove il folklore locale, britannico, si intrecciava con la mitologia e le canzoni popolari orali, tramandate di famiglia in famiglia, di generazione in generazione.Instead of slaying the dragon he makes a deal with him and after forcing the dragon to complete his end of the bargain, they become unlikely friends. Dopo averlo letto ed ammirato, nelle molteplici e caratteristiche illustrazioni, ne rimango discretamente soddisfatto, sinceramente leggerei quasiasi cosa scritta da Tolkien, però c'è qualcosa che non quadra.