The four tales are written with the same skill‚ quality and hallmarks that made Tolkien's Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths‚ they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic‚ but - having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant - is called upon to do battle when the dragon Chrysophylax comes to town;
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells by way of verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits‚ princesses‚ dwarves and trolls;
Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree;
Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.