Book Review: Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien (Five Stars)

Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien

(Five Stars our of Five)

A visit to Faery. Beware. It may touch your soul.

Unlike Lord of the Rings, which Tolkien famously 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 appreciate other Tolkien short stories, such as “Farmer Giles of Ham” or “Leaf by Niggle”.

An excellent companion for his essay “On Fairy Stories” from The Tolkien Reader, since Continue reading

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