Thread: Short Stories
Long time, no...writing Good to read you all again ^^
Now, the topic.
I wondered, is there any topics about all the short stories Tolkien wrote? My memory is poor, but I remember reading a book called [i:1uv6x9jr]Farmer Giles of Ham[/i:1uv6x9jr].
This is one of his very few short stories, or any story, that is not related to Midgaard. I remember the book to be full of details and description.
Anyone else read it? Or any of the other short stories for that matter. Tolkien wasn't all about Midgaard, and it's nice to discover another part of his wide aspect of inspiration.
Or what do you think?
I don't recall any threads about Tolkien's non-Middle-earth stories, though you might want to try the search for that. I've never been especially interested in them, though I haven't read many (because I'm not interested in them, and so the cycle goes...). I tried reading [i:1ykuh4l9]The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth[/i:1ykuh4l9] a few years ago but couldn't get into it, though I doubt that is much like his other stories.
I do think this is the first thread devoted to Tolkien's non-ME related short fiction. I'm afraid that like Eldo, I can't contribute a whole lot. But I can discuss Roverandom...cute story! Reminds me a fair bit of Hugh Lofting's Dr Doolittle stories. Though I think that was the start of Tolkien's regret of "writing down" to children. Shame really. I love Tolkien's more cheerful sense of whimsy which is more apparent in those works.
I can understand why Tolkiens other stories is not that interesting, I just thought we should have a thread for it, in case there is people out there who love them
I read the first few chapters of Roverandom in a book store once. It was pretty good, though much more 'childish' than The Hobbit. And to think Tolkien thought TH was condescending. Roverandom was still good as far as I could tell, just a very different sort of story.
I suspect Odo will have something more to add.
The Homecoming was a 'sequel' of sorts to an old (Anglo-Saxon, I believe) poem whose name escapes me at the moment. Sort of like what he did with The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun. I read about half of that (the Sigurd part) on a plane trip last summer. I have a copy of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil but never got more than a poem or two through.