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First of all; IM BACK <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

Long time, no...writing <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> 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? :P
Welcome back! I don't recall if we've ever talked since I'm relatively new (despite my join date I didn't start posting much till September), so first of all, hi! It's nice to have someone my own age on the forum. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

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.
Good to have you back Zack :mrgreen: ! Yeah we've been busy hear at the Ol' Forum.

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.

Nice to see you Eldo <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> I guess I better call you that since everybody else is <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />

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 <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
Sounds good, Zack. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> Should I call you that since GB does? :P

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. :lol: 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. 8-)
Tales from the Perilous Realm collects a few of his stories and his essay on Fairy-stories. All different. All mood pieces. What I mean is, I find I have to be in a certain mood to read them and enjoy them fully. A different mood for each of them, pretty much. (The Hobbit I can read in almost any mood - that's where it's billiance lies, I think, as opposed to his lesser work, LotR! <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> ) They're uniformly good. Farmer Giles is a hoot and very wise. Roverandom is cleverer than you think, Eldo, even while child friendly as you suggest. Smith of Wooton Major is serious fairy-story material, for one in a mood for depth and wonder. Leaf by Niggle is difficult, more poetry than prose in it's effect as far as I can tell. A bit like reading the Gospels actually, simple, difficult and ambiguous, all at the same time (though I find it more literary than the rough old generally poorly written Gospels) - yes, like poetry. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil has both Middle-earth and outside-Middle-earth stuff, as you would know. Overall, the quality of the tales in Perilous Realm are at the standard of writing in TH or LotR, but they are not generally speaking, as easy to read. The Homecoming is not something I've tried. Isn't that a translation of a poem anyhow, like Gawain or Pearl? (NB There was a book about 'Snergs' but I can't remember it's title off hand. Apparently, it was signifacant in the early stages of Tolkien devising The Hobbit. He freely stated the fact himself).
See! :mrgreen:

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.
Poor deprived child...
I read "Farmer Giles.." in my late twenties (a long, long time ago) and I remember finding it to be very different from the Hoobit and LOTR. But I do remember liking it but I was so into Tolkien's Middle Earth stuff (including The Silmarillian) at that time, that I imagine I would have enjoyed reading his grocery list back then. I still have a copy of FGOH and this has given me a mission today...find it and re-read it. Thanks Zack!