Thread: Farmer Giles of Ham
I loved the wee book and could really relate with Garm, Giles' cowardly dog. It was a fun story, even the many pen and ink illustrations were fun.
Im not sure which story was written first.
I enjoyed Farmer Giles of Ham to no end, Garm was delightful and the taming of Chrysophylax was sensational!
My copy of Farmer Giles of Ham is in Tales from the perilous realm which also contains Leaf By Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. So far, Farmer Giles of Ham is my favourite tale.
I am just reading Farmer Giles of Ham. It is wonderful, I love it! Mad, I also like Caudimordax (isn't that it's full name?). And the pen and ink drawings in mine are lovely, by Pauline Baynes.
"... the famous sword that in popular romances is more vulgarly called Tailbiter. ... This sword ... will not stay sheathed if a dragon is within five miles; and without a doubt in a brave man's hands no dragon can resist it."
- From Farmer Giles of Ham
It's good book I first read it on an airplane, and it caused me to spill my soda
(But at least I didn't spill my soda reading it!)
Farmer Giles was great; I love his sword, but who could forget the dog.
I need to dig my copy out and read it again.
Meanwhile, Farmer Giles is a great story I need to reread along with Smith since they're conveniently located in the same book.
... I mean, a +10 sword? Please. The highest you'll ever see in AD&D is a +6, and 99% of those are in the hands of munchkins.
Smith of Wootton Major isn't included in the above Tolkien Reader; I have had to get that charming faerie tale via Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham ISBN 0-345-33606-2
I think a good juicy bone and some words of encouragement would have done the trick rather nicer, don't you think? At any rate I thought the story quite thrilling and funny.