De luxe boxed gift set of Tolkien's most popular and charming stories, full of wit and humour, collected together for the first time on unabridged CD. This boxed set of 8 CDs contains the following 5 unabridged works, all read by Sir Derek Jacobi, and are suitable for both adults and children alike: Letters from Father Christmas comprises a festive unabridged reading of the letters. Interspersed with carols and seasonal music. With John Moffatt and Christian Rodzka in supporting roles as Polar Bear and Ilbereth the Elf, this perennial Christmas classic is filled with humour. Farmer Giles of Ham is one of Tolkien's most popular stories, full of wit and humour, set in the days when giants and dragons walked the earth. Farmer Giles did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land! Roverandom is a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. The story was written to console Tolkien's four-year-old son, Michael, who lost a beloved toy dog on the beach. Smith of Wootton Major tells of the preparation of the Great Cake to mark the Feast of Good Children and the magical events which follow. Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter, Niggle.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.Review:
"Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best" The Times "[Roverandom] is an old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today! would leap to life when read aloud to a child" Independent "[Smith of Wootton Major] may be compared to the most delicate miniature but it is one of a rare kind: the more closely it is examined the more it reveals the grandeur of its conception. Whoever reads it at eight will still be going back to it at eighty" New Statesman
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