You know when you fancy reading something from Tolkien but don’t fancy the risk of some of the heavier stuff that’s been recommended to you? That’s when you read Farmer Giles of Ham.
Initially a story for his children that’s grown over the years, Tolkien tells the tale of a reluctant hero who must save his village from a dragon. It might have started out for kids, but I’m the latest in a long list of adults to enjoy its quirks.
It has all his traits, from setting the scene to having cute little drawings and maps when appropriate. It’s a quick, light and quirky wee read, so have an equally quick (but complimentary!) review.