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FARMER GILES OF HAM   Houghton Mifflin, 50th Anniversary hardcover    ISBN: 0618009361

In addition to the various anthologies in which this wonderful story can be found, it is also available on its own in a rather splendid 50th Anniversary Edition, which could almost be thought of as the annotated Farmer Giles.  Edited by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, this hardcover edition features Scull and Hammond's introduction, an earlier draft of the story, Tolkien's attempts at a sequel, and more than 150 annotations appended at the end of the volume.  Another aspect of this edition is Pauline Baynes' delightful illustrations (including a few full page, two-color plates) which were highly favored by Tolkien.  Baynes also drew a map of The Little Kingdom specially for this edition.  The cover is green cloth with a dragon design stamped in gold on the front cover.  Superb edition.

The story "Farmer Giles of Ham" can also be found in The Tolkien Reader, Tales From the Perilous Realm, and Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham.

SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR and FARMER GILES OF HAM   Ballantine/Del Rey paperback    ISBN: 0345336062
A compact volume containing just the two stories,
"Smith of Wootton Major" and "Farmer Giles of Ham."
Illustrated by Pauline Baynes.

The story "Smith of Wootton Major" can also be found in Tales From the Perilous Realm.  "Farmer Giles of Ham" can also be found in Tales From the Perilous Realm, The Tolkien Reader, and in its own 50th Anniversary Edition.

THE TOLKIEN READER   Ballantine/Del Rey paperback  ISBN: 0345345061
Ballantine/Del Rey's omnibus collection of three of Tolkien's short stories, a collection of poetry, and his essay on fantasy.  The stories include "Farmer Giles of Ham," "Leaf By Niggle" (the second item in the pair collected under the heading Tree and Leaf which includes the essay, "On Fairy Stories"), and "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son," a short, medieval style play based on the Battle of Malden.  Also included is "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," a collection of verse from The Red Book.  Tolkien's preface to "Adventures" analyzes the "origins" of the poems.  Providing an introduction to the book is Peter S. Beagle's commentary, "Tolkien's Magic Ring."

"Farmer Giles," "Leaf By Niggle," and "Tom Bombadil" can also be found in Tales From the Perilous Realm.  "On Fairy-Stories" can also be found in Tree and Leaf, and The Monsters & The Critics.  "Beorhtnoth" can also be found in the new edition of Tree and Leaf.

THE FANTASY TALES OF JRR TOLKIEN    Ballantine/Del Rey IBSN: 0345466462
Ballantine/Del Rey boxed set containing The Tolkien Reader, The Silmarillion (2nd ed.),
Unfinished Tales, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
TALES FROM THE PERILOUS REALM   HarperCollins paperback  ISBN 0261103431

In his essay "On Fairy-Stories," Tolkien described Faërie as a perilous land.  This is HarperCollins' omnibus collection
of Tolkien's shorter works.  This collection includes "Smith of Wootton Major," "Farmer Giles of Ham," "Leaf By Niggle,"
and the poetry collection, "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil."  Paperback.

"Farmer Giles," "Leaf by Niggle," and "Tom Bombadil" can also be found 
in The Tolkien Reader.  "Smith" can also be found in SOWM & FGOH.

Also available is this A-format edition which can be ordered through -->
J.R.R. TOLKIEN: ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR   Houghton Mifflin oversized paperback  ISBN: 0618083618
Indispensible collection of Tolkien's own artwork, accompanied by insightful commentary by editors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.  This book features over 200 examples of his illustrations, drawings, paintings, caligraphy, and designs.  More than half of the illustrations have never before been published.  For anyone who has ever admired Tolkien's artwork as often featured on the covers of many of his books, this volume is absolutely essential.  Highly recommended.

Detailed photo

THE MAPS OF TOLKIEN'S MIDDLE-EARTH by Brian Sibley and John Howe
Houghton Mifflin hardcover boxed set    ISBN: 061839110X

Set of four beautifully drawn maps of Tolkien's world: Wilderland, Middle-earth, Beleriand, and Numenór, all drawn by John Howe.  The book by Brian Sibley explains each of the maps in detail, discusses the importance of geography in Tolkien's world, and relates the stories of how Tolkien created his maps and prepared them for publication.  The book is illustrated in color and black-and-white by John Howe, and also includes a gazetteer that describes every place name shown on the maps.  The maps are folded and held inside a hardcover folder.  The folder and book are placed inside a sturdy slipcase.  The front panel of the slipcase is cut with a round hole that allows the artwork on the book to show through, as if looking out of the front door of Bag-End.
THE MONSTERS & THE CRITICS and Other Essays by J.R.R.TOLKIEN HarperCollins paperback   ISBN: 026110263X

Collection of seven of Tolkien's early essays, all but one of which are actually lectures, delivered at special occasions.  These range from the early lecture on inventing languages, given in 1931, to the Valedictory Address given at Oxford in 1959.  Contents include: Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics, On Translating Beowulf, Sir Gawain And The Green Knight, On Fairy-Stories, English and Welsh, A Secret Vice, and Valedictory Address To The University of Oxford.

This book can also be ordered from : 0-261-10263-X

"On Fairy-Stories" can also be found in The Tolkien Reader and Tree and Leaf.

BEOWULF AND THE CRITICS   Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies  hardcover   ISBN: 0866982906
This is the recently published lecture manuscript edited by Michael D. C. Drout of Wheaton College.  Published by Arizona State University's Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies.  The following is an excerpt from the publisher's blurb:
The most important essay in the history of Beowulf scholarship, J.R.R. Tolkien's "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" has, rightly, been much studied and discussed.  But scholars of both Beowulf and Tolkien have to this point been unaware that Tolkien's essay was a redaction of a much longer and more substantial work, Beowulf and the Critics, which Tolkien wrote in the 1930s and probably delivered as a series of Oxford lectures.

This critical edition of Beowulf and the Critics presents both unpublished versions of Tolkien's lecture ('A' and 'B'), each substantiallly different from the other and from the final, publised essay.  The edition includes a description of the manuscript, complete textual and explanatory notes, and a detailed critical introduction that explains the place of Tolkien's Anglo-Saxon scholarship both in the history of Beowulf scholarship and in literary history. 

In Beowulf and the Critics, Tolkien's complex and convoluted argument is made more straightforwardly than it is in the published essay.  Many of the veiled literary references and allegorical allusions of "The Monsters and the Critics" are here spelled out.

BILBO'S LAST SONG  Houghton Mifflin hardcover  ISBN 0-375-82373-5

Attractive hardcover edition of Tolkien's poem, "Bilbo's Last Song," which he gave to his assistant Joy Hill.  While the texual content of this book is scant, consisting merely of a single poem, the book is more of a tribute to the artwork of Pauline Baynes, whose work Tolkien greatly admired.  Still the theme of the illustrations is, of course, Tolkien's world.  The illustrations depict scenes inspired by "The Grey Havens" (final chapter of LR) and The Hobbit.
SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT | PEARL | SIR ORFEO    Ballantine/Del Rey paperback  ISBN 0345277600
The collection of Tolkien's translations of classic Middle English poems from the West Midlands of England.  Consists of "Sir Gawain And The Green Knight," "Pearl," and "Sir Orfeo."  With a preface and an introduction compiled by Christopher Tolkien based mostly on J.R.R. Tolkien's notes and radio commentary.  Also included is a glossary of Middle English, an appendix on The Verse-Forms of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight and Pearl, and a few translated stanzas of Middle English verse which Tolkien called "Gawain's Leave-Taking."
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight   Oxford University, paperback    ISBN 0198114869

In the early 1920s, Tolkien and E.V. Gordon, a lecturer at the English Deparment at Leeds University, decided to compile a new edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, believing that there were none in print that were suitable for university students.  Tolkien's contribution was the text and glossary, while Gordon provided most of the notes.  This is not a translation, but an edition of the original Middle English text.
Edited by J.R.R Tolkien and E.V. Gordon Oxford, 1925
Second edition revised by Norman Davis, 1967
THR ROAD GOES EVER ON    HaperCollins, hardcover, 2002, Third Edition    ISBN 0007136552  (links to Amazon.UK)

Tolkien's poems set to music by Donald Swann.  Originally published in 1968, this is the Third Edition which added a setting of the Song of Beren and Luthien, plus a CD of performances of the songs (originally released on vinyl in 1968).  A setting of "Bilbo's Last Song" was added with The Second Edition in 1978.  The CD includes both of these additional songs which were not on the vinyl record.  The Road Goes Ever On also includes Tolkien's own notes, translation, glossaries, and comments on the Elvish texts, as well as several Elvish scripts including a facsimile of his orignal manuscript of Namárië.  The book is also copiously decorated with Tengwar characters in Tolkien's own caligraphy.
Finn and Hengest
Letters From Father Christmas
revised edition
Tree and Leaf
HarperCollins paperback
AmazonUK ISBN 0261103555
Hardcover ISBN 0395898714
Paperback ISBN 0395957990
Hardcover ISBN 061800937X
HarperCollins Paperback
AmazonUK ISBN 0007105045
What stories, poems, and essays are in which books? The Tolkien Reader Tales From the Perilous Realm Smith of Wootton
Major & Farmer
Giles of Ham
Tree and Leaf, new edition The Monsters & The Critics
Farmer Giles of Ham
Smith of Wootton Major  
Leaf By Niggle
On Fairy-Stories
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Homecoming of Beorhtnoth
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