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Smith of Wootton Major - J.R.R. Tolkien, Pauline Baynes
Smith of Wootton Major
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In 1964 J.R.R. Tolkien was invited to write the preface to a new edition of "The Golden Key" by George MacDonald. Accepting the invitation, Tolkien proposed the preface would explain the meaning of Fairy through a brief story about a cook and a cake. But the story grew, and took on a life of its... show more
In 1964 J.R.R. Tolkien was invited to write the preface to a new edition of "The Golden Key" by George MacDonald. Accepting the invitation, Tolkien proposed the preface would explain the meaning of Fairy through a brief story about a cook and a cake. But the story grew, and took on a life of its own, and the preface was abandoned. Tolkien eventually gave it the title, "Smith of Wootton Major", to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse or a story in the Boy's Own paper. It was published in 1967 as a small hardback, complete with charming black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780048231215 (0048231215)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 62
Edition language: English
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sj
sj rated it
5.0 Smith of Wootton Major
Originally posted here.My final stop on the Tolkien Short Fiction Birthday Extravaganza was Smith of Wootton Major.  This faerie tale (which is exactly what it is) is best if read in conjunction with the essay On Fairy Stories.  It doesn't really matter what order you read them in, but if you read t...
trickytanya
trickytanya rated it
5.0 Smith of Wootton Major
I got this book as a present when I was 7, long before I knew anything about JRR Tolkien. I don't think I even read the authors name back then, those things didn't seem important, but I loved the book. I almost knew it by heart.When I rediscovered the book on my shelf, I was truly surprised to see t...
Autumn Adventures
Autumn Adventures rated it
4.0
4.5 starsAnother treasure from Tolkien and one I will probably re-read again very soon. A compact tail of Faery so descriptively fanciful that I myself almost became lost in the other worldly realm. I highly recommend it.
Randolph "Dilda" Carter
Randolph "Dilda" Carter rated it
1.0 Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
I hated this book when I read it, still do. I'm not sure where it falls in the canon. It put me off reading anything else by him until the LoTR movies became imminent.
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