books Tales from the Perilous RealmAuthor J.R.R. Tolkien – Gsagency.co

The Definitive Collection Of JRR Tolkien S Five Acclaimed Modern Classic Fairie Tales In The Vein Of The HobbitEnchanted By A Sand Sorcerer, The Toy Dog Roverandom Explores A World Filled With Strange And Fabulous Creatures The Fat And Unheroic Farmer Giles Of Ham Is Called Upon To Do Battle With The Dragon Chrysophylax Hobbits, Princesses, Dwarves And Trolls Partake In The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil Smith Of Wootton Major Journeys To The Land Of Faery Via The Magical Ingredients Of A Giant Cake And Niggle The Painter Sets Out To Paint The Perfect Tree


10 thoughts on “Tales from the Perilous Realm

  1. says:

    Tolkien is often remembered for his vast fantasy worlds but he also wrote simple things, shorter works in touch with the humorous themes of The Hobbit rather than the sense of darkness that permeates The Lord of the Rings. I ve been reading through them again lately and they can all be found in this edition that collects the main ones together The Adventures of Tom Bombadil Tom Bombadil is such an enigma I mean who exactly is he Some Tolkien fans would argue that he is Eru, the creator of all life within Tolkien s Middle Earth, though I think somewhat differently He breaks any sense of definition with his odd existence he simply is We can t say for a certainty either way, but we do know that Tolkien wanted him to remain somewhat mysterious and beyond the realms of categorisation I don t think Tolkien quite knew what he wanted him to be So that s how I treat him.He appears briefly in The Lord of the Rings, saving Frodo from the barrow wight, and spends most of the time singing in odd verses about himself In this book the Hobbit poet captures his image Old Tom Bombadil was a merry fellow Bright blue his jacket was and his boots were yellowGreen were his girdle and his breeches all of leather,He wore in his hat a swan wing feather.He lived up under Hill, where the WithyywindleRan from a grassy well down into the dingle Bombadil leads an odd, somewhat quaint, existence His behaviour is equated with the natural world he wonders in fields and exists among the trees Perhaps his character, at least on the surface, is a simple version of man a man who remains untroubled by the problems of the world and is just happy to spend his days singing, frolicking and remaining a complete mystery However, I don t feel like the title of this is overly appropriate If anything, it is very misleading Only two of the poems actually focus on Bombadil, the rest talk about all manner of random things Middle Earth related So we have two Bombadil adventures, followed by twelve other poems that address things from Cats to Oliphaunts Then there s one that s rumoured to have been written by Frodo himself, describing a vague dream he had about his experience with the ring I find it truly hilarious that Tolkien effectively has a counter for any criticisms of weak poems within this book In the preface, he says that this book was written by Hobbits Their rhyming structures and metre are a watered down version of Elvish poetry thus, any remarks about the weakness of such writing can be aimed at the limitations of Hobbit verse He side steps the negative reactions with such a statement, and it s incredibly ironic and self preserving It made me laugh So this book is a construct of Hobbit writing, and, once again, Tolkien gives his world foundation It s a fun collection of verses, but by no means anything remarkable in Tolkien s world The scholarship that has gone into my edition is of a very good standard, it tells the history of this book s publication And if you are interested in reading this book, I do recommend this edition edited by Scull and Hammond Other than that, I d say that this one is likely to appeal to the serious Tolkien enthusiast rather than the casual fan.Farmer Giles of Ham This is a great little tale full of bravery, heroism and Tolkien s ever so subtle humour Farmer Giles saves his farm and, as a consequence, the local village from a rampaging giant This earns him a fierce reputation for heroism thus, he is rewarded by the King with a rather glamourous sword The King, believing this to be a mere ceremonial weapon, parts with the blade gladly It turns out that the sword is actually Tailbiter, an ancient weapon that carries a powerful enchantment Indeed, it cannot physically be sheathed when in close proximity to a dragon Can you guess what happens next A dragon appears Bet you didn t see that coming He attacks the surrounding villages and there is little anyone can do to stop him Naturally Farmer Giles is called upon for help, though he is very reluctant He is old and who actually wants to fight dragons His only act of heroism was defence of his own land, this is a different situation He fears he may not be up to the task But nonetheless due to the constant pestering of the villages, he resolves himself and hunts down the dragon He opts to take a tactical approach that the strutting knights of the realm Well, said Giles, if it is you notion to go dragon hunting jingling and dinging like Canterbury Bells it ain t mine It don t seem sense to me to let a dragon to let a dragon know that you are coming along the road sooner than need be Giles has an interesting way of dealing with his problems Instead of taking the predicted direction, the hack and slash route, he chooses a careful approach This in its self is a much logical solution and leaves the tale going into unexpected directions 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 The dragon is bound to his service out of a respect for Giles and a fear of his sword Trouble strikes when the King of the realm hears of the treasure Giles has taken for himself He wants it for the crown, but why should Giles give his hard earned treasure away He s now friends with a dragon Not much the King can do So this was a fun tale it s definitely aimed at a younger audience, but I enjoyed it nonetheless The ending was great, I do wish Tolkien has picked a orginal name though for his hero.Smith of Wooten MajorThis tale is magical and enchanting but for me it seemed incomplete Well, a little unresolved A young boy gets to enter the wonderful world of Fay he is chosen especially for it, but when he gets there he doesn t do a great deal I mean, talk about a wasted opportunity I would have done so much over there.Every twenty four years Wootton Major has a massive celebration feast As per tradition, a giant cake is baked In it is placed a star by an anonymous trickster The star allows the person to enter the realm of Fay, a boon by all accounts On entering the realm, and experiencing the power of it, the lucky person must then return home with the star for another child to be given the gift in another twenty four years To me it sounds like a fantastic opportunity Imagine living in a dull boring world, not that hard to imagine really, and then you are given a little ticket to somewhere much better It s a very simple story, one that avoids all dark themes There are no cunning dragons or evil dark lords instead we have the world of Fay Sure there are some dangers involved in crossing the border, but I think all those that have the opportunity to cross it would overlook such peril in the face of such a chance The story is written in Tolkien s usual mastery of tone, but for me it needed something else It needed a stronger sense of purpose and perhaps a greater point to it This is far from Tolkien at his best It s still worth a read though for enthusiasts of his writing For that he was grateful, for he soon became wise and understood that the marvels of Faery cannot be approached without danger, and that many of the Evils cannot be challenged without weapons of power too great for any mortal to wield He remained a learner and explorer, not a warrior and though in time he could have forged weapons that in his own world would have had power enough to become the matter of great tales and be worth a king s ransom, he knew that in Faery they would have been of small account So among all the things that he made it is not remembered that he ever forged a sword or a spear or an arrow head RoverandomThis is a fantastically childish book that is thoroughly charming it really captures the essence of Tolkien s softer themes and humour Not everything has to be constantly dark and foreboding for his writing to be successful This is simple, imaginative and a good little bit of fun The tale is quaint and fairly short in which a dog, initially named Rover, is turned into a toy as an act of revenge because he bit a mean old sand sorcerer Some people really are that petty This leads to a series of events in which the toy is washed up on a beach, learns to fly and finally ends up in the company of the Man in the Moon However, the Man in the Moon already has a dog named Rover thus, he dubs the toy Roverandom He temporarily grants him wings resulting in him and the other Rover being chased by a Dragon during one of their flights A friendship blossoms between the two Rovers, though eventually Rover seeks to be a normal dog once He wants to go back to his normal life And the only person who can reverse the magic is the one who cast it in the first place, but wizards are always tricky he won t simply do it for nothing The thing I enjoyed most about this story is learning about where it came from Tolkien s son lost his precious toy, so Tolkien wrote this story about what could have happened to it and where it might of gone after he lost it Doesn t he sound like a wonderful farther I did nothing but run away from the time I was a puppy, and I kept on running and roving until one fine morning a very fine morning, with the sun in my eyes I fell over the world s edge chasing a butterfly


  2. says:

    No s porqu he tardado tanto en leer estos relatos, quiz s porque no esperaba gran cosa de ellos pero me he llevado una buena sorpresa Me ha gustado MUCH SIMO El Herrero de Wootton Mayor , Hoja de Niggle tambi n es una preciosidad, y Las aventuras de Tom Bombadil aunque en verso son un complemento perfecto para leer tras El se or de los anillos.Los otros dos relatos me parecieron simplemente entretenidos pero todos tienen algo de original y nico que solo Tolkien pod a crear


  3. says:

    This collection of Tolkien s shorter works Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf By Niggle, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and Smith of Wootton Major rely on England s tales of yore and its faery filled past Though not what he is remembered for, they are intriguing reads Their whimsical nature echos the fanciful scenes in The Hobbit, but beyond that and obviously the inclusion of Bombadil in Fellowship there is little resemblance to these short works and his epics For something in the middle, one might try Tolkien s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight No, the depth, the thrill and for better or worse the gravitas of LotR and The Silmarillion is lacking here And fans of his Middle Earth world will be disappointed, little if any of this has to anything to do with that fantasy land If you re looking for ME, try something like the Unfinished Tales collection Still and all, these stories are enjoyable and should be read by Tolkien enthusiasts.


  4. says:

    Ya hab a leido antes, mucho antes, los cuentos Egidio el Granjero de Ham, El Herrero de Wootom Mayor, y Hoja de Niggle lejos, mi favorito 3 que son fabulosos.Roveradom, lo vi por ahi en este sitio, y es m s bien para ni os, como dice una de esas historias inventadas para uno de sus hijos Muy fantasioso, valga la redudancia, sencillo y hermoso view spoiler Arte de Alan Lee hide spoiler


  5. says:

    La colecci n de obras menores de Tolkien es un poco desperdigada, unida por un tema no muy bien hilado de parte de su estate , que viene a ser m s bien su hijo Christopher La idea de mantenerlas todas reunidas en un solo volumen no hace mucho sentido salvo el que signific en su momento para sacar la obra refundida de rigor que a veces milagrosamente nos llega cada cierto tiempo Por eso, y m s all de la hermosa edici n mucho mejor la de Minotauro , se me hace m s correcta la presentaci n que hizo Harper en Inglaterra consistente en un peque o boxset con todas estas obras minus el ensayo pero sin el ensayo no vale mucho.Entonces, lo que hace m s sentido como en toda colecci n es ver la val a individual de cada uno de los cuentos y ponderar al final.Roverandom es una novela corta infantil Si bien es whimsy y por momentos encantadora, se habr a beneficiado mucho de un formato aparte, con muchas m s ilustraciones de parte del infaltable Sr Lee Es como para le rselo a los ni os en voz alta y quiz el relato que menos tiene que ver con la colecci n Har a mucho m s sentido en un gran mnibus con el Hobbit Lo que m s me gust fue el acercamiento al resto del legendarium con la menci n de Valinor.Egidio, el Granjero de Ham, donde Tolkien escribe un relato fant stico y anacr nico sobre esa idea de Merry England es moderadamente chusco y con un drag n que, como dicen, est a medio camino entre Smaug y el Reluctant Dragon de Kenneth Grahame Dado que est muy fuera del estilo de Tolkien al que estamos acostumbrados, no s muy bien qu hacer de l.Las Aventuras de Tom Bombadil es la parte del libro m s ilustrada, un poemario completo de folklore de la TM Por lo general no se le considera a Tolkien buen poeta, y la inclusi n de verso en LOTR tiende a ser muy criticada Sin embargo, el maestro s supo innovar gracias a su formaci n de fil logo con nuevas formas de m trica y rima e incluso uno de los poemas fue alabado por Auden El Herrero de Wooton Mayor es un cuento pre tolkieniano de Tolkien y para m el mejor del libro Un aut ntico cuento de hadas con la correspondiente visita a Fata y un regreso L stima que vengo de leer al monumental McDonald con Famtastes de no haberlo hecho el cuento me habr a llegado m s.Hoja de Niggle es distinto a todo lo dem s que solemos asociar con nuestro amigo JRRT Aunque ste sol a decir que odiaba las met foras, el relato resulta altamente simb lico al describir el proceso creativo del padre de la Creaci n Secundaria Es muy necesario complementar este cuento con el ensayo final.Y finalmente, el c rtex del libro que viene a ser el ep logo El famos simo ensayo Sobre los cuentos de hadas deber a ser core curriculum de cualquier lector de fantas a para entender, entre otras cosas A El porqu del camino Inkling de la fantas a y su portentosa carga teol gica.B La falta de respeto y la torpeza monumental de los imitadores de Tolkien quienes no le entendieron nada.C dem para sus cr ticos.En ensayo es muy denso, largo 60 p ginas y las digresiones del maestro hacen mucho por confirmar su reputaci n de profesor vetusto y tendiente a divagar Pero vale toda la pena hacer el esfuerzo y echarse todo el ensayo para entender c mo pensaba nuestro querido autor adem s de darse cuenta de lo falsos que son muchos debates que sigo leyendo en Reddit Fantasy sobre los cuales ya hubo quien dio su veredicto Pero vayamos con puntos importantes Hada Elfo Por si alguien ten a una duda Oberon y Titania son tan elfos como Campanita, Legolas, Drizzt, Bast, Dobby y compa a Narraciones extraordinarias que NO son cuentos de hadas y por lo tanto NO son fantas a los travelogues del S XVII a pa ses fant sticos porque son s tira , las obras on ricas y simb licas como Alicia y todo tipo de ciencia ficci n As salimos de esa idea absurda de que Star Wars es fantas a La idea de que la fantas a no debe ser cre ble, sino internamente coherente Debate zanjado Por un momento parece que Tolkien afirma que la magia dura no es posible en fantas a Pero luego deja la cuesti n abierta al cambiar su definici n de magia Una oposici n a que la fantas a sea representada Me imagino qu pensar a entonces de Peter Jackson Los cuentos de hadas no deben ser s lo para ni os Y la inocencia de stos no es causal del asombro elemental del g nero La cr tica a denostar la idea del escapismo Tolkien antepone la noci n de que el escapismo es para huir de una prisi n aqu sale a relucir el cl sico ludismo del profesor , no para desertar de un combate Y finalmente de la idea de la eucat strofe como necesaria y por ende, resultante en un perenne final feliz La justificaci n a la eucat strofe es de corte teol gico al 100%, porque aqu Tolkien hace la gran revelaci n de que la Creaci n Secundaria AKA Worldbuilding ha de reflejar atisbos del devenir de la Creaci n Primaria El Evangelio Y por lo tanto, para alejarse e ir en contra de la fantas a de Tolkien se debe apuntar a la l nea de flotaci n del Cristianismo perfecto de su obra Y pocos de sus cr ticos han entendido esto bien.


  6. says:

    No, Tom Bombadil, we just can t get along, no matter what you say It s not you, it s me And I do understand it s not your fault you ve been written in verse But it s just all working against you Life s tough.Buy anyway This is a funny book I mean a strange one It s hard to sum it up to be honest, each of the fairytales deserves its own rating But like I said, life can be tough, so we ll just have to do with a single one.I liked most of these fairytales and hey, you already know which one I didn t like The book is also illustrated very nicely The stories are all so different ranging from a truly children s story about an enchanted puppy, turned into a toy to a nearly metaphysical story about death and afterlife, the completion of one s life s work I guess I could sum it up that this is Tolkien Lite Tolkien for the non Tolkien reader I don t plan to read anything else by him, as The Hobbit and this is pretty much as far as I can go so if you re like me, you could enjoy this.


  7. says:

    Tanto tiempo sin leer a mi amado Tolkien Fantas a es una tierra peligrosa, con trampas para los incautos y mazmorras para los temerarios Cuentos desde el Reino Peligroso es una compilaci n que nos presenta cinco historias escritas por Tolkien a lo largo de su vida, algunas narradas originalmente de forma oral a sus propios hijos antes de ser ampliadas para su publicaci n y otras tantas escritas por sobre pedido de sus editores Ademas contiene una introducci n de Tom Shippey y un ap ndice en el que aparece un ensayo tambi n de Tolkien Dar una opini n muy breve de cada relato en el volumen Introducci n Por Tom Shippey NO LA LEAN As de sencillo Esto no es una introducci n es un mero resumen de las historias que aparecen posteriormente en el libro Tom Shippey se dedic a hacer spoiler una por una En todo caso se puede leer al final para esclarecer algunas cosas Roverandom Un cuento de hadas con toda la esencia pica del autor Es una historia muy linda plagada de magia que amar n sobretodo los m s peque os Es el tipo de cuento que yo le leer a a mis hijos suponiendo que quisiera unosEgidio, el granjero de Ham Continuamos con otra historia igual de interesante que la anterior, con un protagonista que aunque se siente m s como un anti h roe logra ganarse al lector Ah Y tiene un drag n Las aventuras de Tom Bombadil Completamente diferente a los anteriores esta tercera parte del libro est formada por poemas canciones Quienes hemos le do El se or de los anillos y El hobbit sabemos que Tolkien ten a un don para los poemas Al contener 12 poemas es muy dif cil que logren gustarte todos, es cuesti n de gustos Mis favoritos 1 Las aventuras de Tom Bombadil 8 Perry Gui os y 10 Olifante.El herrero de Wootton Mayor Tal vez mi menos favorito Simplemente no pude adentrarme mucho en la historia Es bello, s , pero no me pareci demasiado El villano es realmente interesante Hoja de Niggle De lo m s hermoso que he le do en la vida Un relato que reconforta el coraz n Ap ndices Sobre los cuentos de Hadas No es un relato sino un ensayo, y debo confesarlo No lo le Disfrut mucho los cuentos como para ponerme a filosofar con Tolkien Ya habr otra oportunidad, adem s como bien dice es un ap ndice, no es parte del libro en s Un libro que vale mucho la pena, tanto para fans del GRAN JRR Tolkien como para quienes desean leerlo y le temen con justa raz n al resto de sus libros Las ilustraciones de Alan Lee son simplemente hermosas Tom Bombadil el viejo era un alegre tipo chaqueta azul brillante, y zapatos amarillos, de verde cintur n, las calzas de buen cuero, y una pluma de cisne sujeta en el sombrero


  8. says:

    I wasn t overawed by this, unfortunately Or awed, as the case may be There was nothing wrong with any of the five stories here, but they all felt a bit average if I m going to be perfectly honest.Farmer Giles of Ham was a light romp with nothing but standard fantasy tropes, and I mean, super standard The hero with the magical sword doesn t quite defeat the dragon, however He just tames it shrug Not related to LotR.Smith of Wootton Major was a lightly magical, almost magical realism tale of the Fae with the passing on of gifts from one generation to another Also not related to LotR.The Tom Bombadil tale was almost exactly out of LotR Rather disappointing.The only one I actually rather liked was Niggle and the Leaf No LotR, either, but at least I loved the story It s almost too dark for words if you re an artist I don t know if I would really recommend this for anyone Not unless you re a completionist for Tolkien in general.


  9. says:

    Es una excelente lectura, una deliciosa prolongaci n del universo de Tolkien, hay que leerla


  10. says:

    Goodreads librarians really need to work on Tales from the Perilous Realm Some editions contain four stories, others five, and some also contain Tolkien s On Fairy Stories I m not sure they should all be combined.Anyway, today this arrived since my first copy, most irritatingly, did not include Roverandom , which is a fun story aimed at younger readers than the others, involving the adventures of a puppy who gets turned into a toy, and his marvellous journeys It s the longest story in the collection the only one to be chaptered and has, I think, illustrations than the others The illustrator is Alan Lee, about whom I probably have to say very little I think his drawings capture the things and mood described pretty well, for this volume This edition also has an introduction, which helps contextualise each story and draw out a few things of interest It includes On Fairy Stories , as well.I think one of the most charming things about Tolkien s fairy tales is the lack of moralising Roverandom doesn t learn any big life lessons, except perhaps to mind his Ps not so sure about his Qs and not to bite a chunk out of a magician s trousers.