Farmer Giles of Ham

Farmer Giles of Ham

The Rise and Wonderful Adventures of Farmer Giles, Lord of Tame, Count of Worminghall, and King of the Little Kingdom

Book - 1999
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Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then on day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. more by Luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The peopleof the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who is expected to do battle with it.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin, c1999
Edition: 50th anniversay edition
ISBN: 9780618009367
Branch Call Number: J TOL
Characteristics: 127 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Baynes, Pauline

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 26, 2018

A quite funny short story by the author of *The Hobbit* and The Lord of the Rings.*

Farmer Giles is awakened one night by his talking dog, Garm, who has spotted a lost giant trampling on Giles’s fields and scaring the neighbors. Giles gets out his blunderbuss, fills it with nails, and scares off the giant. Giles is a local hero and even the King hears about it and sends Giles an old sword which was hanging on a castle wall. When a dragon begins terrorizing the kingdom, the local parson discovers that the sword is a famous magic sword from the long-ago days when you had to kill a dragon every fortnight or so. The King’s knights talk big but have no experience with dragons, so the village persuades Giles that he has to go along to take on the giant beast. Lots of satire about heroism and dragons. One of the nicest advantages with most editions is the wonderful comic/Medieval illustrations of Pauline Baynes.

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