Smith of Wootton Major Two of Tolkien s most popular and charming stories full of wit and humour available together for the first time on CD

  • Title: Smith of Wootton Major
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Derek Jacobi
  • ISBN: 9780007177639
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Two of Tolkien s most popular and charming stories, full of wit and humour, available together for the first time on CD.

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    1. This tale is magical and enchanting but for me it seemed incomplete. Well, a little unresolved. A young boy gets to enter the wonderful world of Fay; he is chosen especially for it, but when he gets there he doesn’t do a great deal. I mean, talk about a wasted opportunity! I would have done so much more over there.Every twenty-four years Wootton Major has a massive celebration feast. As per tradition, a giant cake is baked. In it is placed a star by an anonymous trickster. The star allows the [...]

    2. A visit to Faery. Beware. It may touch your soul.Unlike The Lord of the Rings, which Tolkien labored over for decades, Smith came to him in a flash, and he dashed it off whole. It has a rough quality which betrays both that inspiration and that lack of refining. Nonetheless, it should entertain and enrich any reader who appreciates "Farmer Giles of Ham" or "Leaf by Niggle". An excellent companion for "On Fairy Stories" from The Tolkien Reader, since Smith of Wootton Major is just such a fairy st [...]

    3. Bought with the same Christmas book voucher as The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Farmer Giles of Ham. It is an extremely shabby, battered and worn piece of bookage now.:O)

    4. Smith of Wootton Major is a fairytale, by Tolkien's own definition. The fairies are not small and precious, but real and potentially dangerous, and so is their land. It's a rather quiet story, I think -- there are no great dangers, no dragons to be fought or Dark Lords to be overthrown, though you might see echoes of that story here. The precious star was, in earlier drafts, a ring, after all.In any case, it's a thoughtful little story. I almost said sweet, but I think that would be reducing it [...]

    5. Il fabbro di Wootton Major è un racconto di J.R.R. Tolkien pubblicato nel 1967, l'ultima opera mentre l'autore era ancora in vita. Romanticamente potremmo considerarla una sorta di commiato dell'autore al mondo di Faerie, una fiaba per bambini ben ponderata (come dimostrano le diverse stesure e gli appunti dell'autore a riguardo) ed equilibrata piuttosto che uno spontaneo volo d'immaginazione. La novella avrebbe dovuto essere parte della prefazione di Tolkien a The Golden Key, storia di fate di [...]

    6. Smith of Wootton Major narra a aventura de um simples mortal no rico e estranho reino das fadas criado por Tolkien. Não querendo ser injusta para com o livro e o seu autor, Smith of Wootton Major é um trabalho menos enérgico, sem a força e o ímpeto das aventuras literárias que lhe conhecemos - menos “mágico”. Gostei do livro e estou obviamente contente pela adição à minha colecção de Tolkien, mas não posso dizer que tenha ficado particularmente impressionada.

    7. É uma história bem simples e direta, mas que dá para tirar umas reflexões muito interessantes por trás. Tolkien não foi quem foi por acaso.A edição da Martins Fontes é sensacional. Os extras desse livro valem quase outro livro.

    8. This story is grouped in with "The Light Princess" by George MacDonald for me as one of the books that makes me feel exactly the way I want to feel about magic. This story has things that you want. This story has cake.

    9. This was quite an enjoyable little story. I thought it was very interesting and I loved the premise of it and how it was executed. I throughly enjoyed it just as it was, a story. It was a great story and one that I am glad that I got to read.

    10. I really enjoyed this. I was in the library and I saw it and picked it up because it looked cute, and then I couldn't put it down and devoured it in one sitting. 4 stars.

    11. This is a very cute short story. It's not my favourite one but It has the magic that only Tolkien can create.

    12. In the village of Wootton Major, The Feast of Good Children is held every twenty-four years. Twenty-four children are invited and the feast ends with an extraordinary Great Cake. During one of these celebrations, a very special ingredient is hidden in the cake. A young boy swallows it, only finding it months later when it makes itself known. It's a star, but not just any star, it's a star that grants him entry to the Land of Faery. It's a short but lovely story written quite beautifully. It's de [...]

    13. É um livro muito legal para quem é fã de Tolkien. A história é bem pequena, menos da metade de livro. O restante do livro é um pouco de contexto sobre a história e porque ela foi escrita, juntamente com algumas ligações sobre a vida do Tolkien na época.Esse foi o último livro escrito pelo Tolkien antes de sua morte e diz muito sobre o seus pensamentos sobre escrita, sobre o mundo das "fadas" (que não tem nada a ver com o que pensamos dele atualmente) e sobre a vida no geral.A histór [...]

    14. This was Tolkien's last published novel, or novella perhaps, it is very short. It shows.Now, when I say it shows, I do not mean that in a pejorative sense, no. This is a man who has tinkered with fantasy and words all his life, a genuine master wordsmith and this is written as a demonstration piece. It is a small, perfectly worked, cleverly tuned and polished example of a faery tale. Somehow, he managed to tell a tale that critiques and shines a probing light on the very genre it sits within, sh [...]

    15. It was fun to re-experience this story in audiobook form. Derek Jacobi does a magnificent job in his reading performance.I'd forgotten some of the similarities Smith of Wootton Major holds with LOTR. The process of giving up the star in order to bestow it on a new person reminded me a bit of Bilbo's giving up the ring (though love for the star is certainly a sweet and innocent love, unlike passion for the ring). The characters are simply drawn for the most part, and the whole tale feels rather l [...]

    16. This was the most enchanting book I've read in ages!!! And it wasn't just because it was by Tolkien (well - kinda). It was beautifully written in Tolkien's prose and the story felt as old, and yet new, all at once. I particularly loved how the (incredibly long) afterword made it clear that this book, just like Lord of the Rings, is not an allegory. It's simply a story of a man's adventures in faerie land. And that, I think, just makes it all the more special. It's just a tale meant to be enjoyed [...]

    17. While most of his genius went into the world of Middle-Earth and its fantastical history, JRR Tolkien produced a number of smaller stories during his life.And though he disliked allegory, the enchanting "Smith of Wootton Major" is a bit of an oddity among his writings -- a beautifully fantastical little fable that drips over with Tolkien's love of real, deep fairy tales. And unlike many a story of elves or faeries since, Tolkien keeps that sense of mystery and magic in the world of the supernatu [...]

    18. The story itself is only about 57 pages long in the edition I borrowed from the library so is a very quick read. It contains medieval style illustrations by Pauline Baynes. This is the first story by Tolkien that I have managed to read; I have tried to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy many times in the past, and have not been able to get into it, but this style seemed completely different to me.There aren't that many characters in this short story, the main ones being Smith, Nokes and Alf. As [...]

    19. A great and profound little book. My first reading of it remains one of my most memorable reading experiences in fantasy, and literature generally: a deeply moving and poignant experience. It remains a very fine book in terms of the fantasy elements and its solemn, ruminative tone of melancholy mixed with wonder. Roger Lanceyln green aptly said of it that to analyze its meaning is to "cut open a ball in search of the bounce." T.A. Shippey has refuted this statement somewhat, and gone to lengths [...]

    20. He estado leyendo este encantador cuento de hadas a mi mujer y mi hijita cada noche, antes de dormir. Mañana escribiré la reseña en sí, mas adelanto que es un libro maravilloso.Y ya. Tolkien escribe un hermoso cuento de hadas que es una celebración del género, con todo lo que uno le puede pedir a un cuento de hadas salvo una cosa: grandes peligros.Este es un cuento tranquilo, extraño quizá por la falta de un dragón, una bruja, o alguna clase de monstruo o enemigo. En este cuento el prot [...]

    21. A short, late work by the master. A novelette, even, rather than a novella.In a village -- "not very long ago for those with long memories, nor very far away for those with long legs" -- there was a custom of the Cook, and every twenty-four years, that Cook held the Feast of Good Children. He recounts the custom, and how it happened that the Cook's prentice was not allowed to succeed him, but another man brought in, and how they baked the cake one time, and put in it trinkets, including a silver [...]

    22. What a charming story! I stumbled upon this little gem when I was at the library picking up some books for my daughter in the Juvie section. I honestly didn't realize Tolkien had written more than The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Silmarillion and what he son compiled as Letters from Father Christmas. Now I'm on a mission to hunt down these lesser known, lesser appreciated works. The Smith of Wooton Major is a fun little story that I wish I'd know about when my children were young. I wi [...]

    23. This book was for me a thrill to read, being an enthusiastic fan of tolkien. After reading it, and learning that this was the last story written by him, I couldn't help but feel sad and making some connections, like thinking that the smith could actually be tolkien, and that the work of the smith, his journeys were like all the books and legacies that tolkien left us. The final part where the Smith willingly gives up his star (making him unable to return to the Faery) did nothing but remind me t [...]

    24. 4.5 stars. What began as an introduction to George Macdonald's fairy tale The Golden Key (which is worth reading) quickly developed into its own story that approached The Golden Key itself in length and surpassed it in quality. It is a beautiful, sad, and wise tale that conjures feelings of enchantment. This edition includes excellent additional notes and essays, including a rather lengthy essay by Tolkien himself explaining the story (he even specifies what he means when he uses the term "fairy [...]

    25. Excellent read. I say, that man must have taken Chefistry to make such good cakes. This book is one of the few with an accurate portrayal of Faery (or Fairy Land as some people might know it). Knowledgeable men like Tolkien and Arthur Spiderwick who have journeyed into the fay to do their research have my deepest respect. Few people have such clear understandings of the fantastic.

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