Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wasn't overawed by this, unfortunately. Or awed, as the case may be.
There was nothing wrong with any of the five stories here, but they all felt a bit average if I'm going to be perfectly honest.
Farmer Giles of Ham was a light romp with nothing but standard fantasy tropes, and I mean, super standard. The hero with the magical sword doesn't quite defeat the dragon, however. He just tames it. *shrug* Not related to LotR.
Smith of Wootton Major was a lightly magical, almost magical realism tale of the Fae with the passing on of gifts from one generation to another. Also not related to LotR.
The Tom Bombadil tale was almost exactly out of LotR. Rather disappointing.
The only one I actually rather liked was Niggle and the Leaf. No LotR, either, but at least I loved the story. :) It's almost too dark for words if you're an artist. :)
I don't know if I would really recommend this for anyone. Not unless you're a completionist for Tolkien in general.
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