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OVERVIEW: The definitive collection of Tolkiens classic "fairie" tales,in the vein of The Hobbit, illustrated by Oscar winner Alan LeeNever before published in a single volume, Tolkiens four novellas(Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, andRoverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil)are gathered together for the first time, in a fully illustrated volume. Thisnew, definitive collection of works -- which had appeared separately, in variousformats, between 1949 and 1998 -- comes with a brand-new forewordand endmatter, and with a series of detailed pencil illustrations by AlanLee, in the style of his other award-winning Tolkien work, most recently inThe Children of Húrin.The book is the perfect opportunity for fans of Middle-earth to enjoysome of Tolkiens often overlooked yet most creative storytelling. Withdragons and sand sorcerers, sea monsters and hobbits, knights anddwarves, this collection contains all the classic elements for Tolkien buffsof all ages. ARTIST: Alan Lee was born in England in 1947. Inspired by Tolkiens work to pursue his chosen path as an artist of the mythic and fantastic, he has illustrated a wide range of books including Faeries, The Mabinogion, Castles, Merlin Dreams, the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of The Illiad.AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.
First Edition, Hardcover, Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 432 pages.