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In 1925, while on vacation with his family on the Yorkshire coast, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his favorite toy, a little lead dog he was reluctant to put down even to dig in the sand. To console and distract him, his father, J. R. R. Tolkien, improvised a story - the story of Rover, a real dog magically transformed into a toy, who, after many fantastic adventures iIn 1925, while on vacation with his family on the Yorkshire coast, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his favorite toy, a little lead dog he was reluctant to put down even to dig in the sand. To console and distract him, his father, J. R. R. Tolkien, improvised a story - the story of Rover, a real dog magically transformed into a toy, who, after many fantastic adventures in search of the wizard who wronged him, at last wins back his life. This charming tale, peopled by a wise old whale and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, was a Tolkien family favorite, going through several typewritten drafts over many years. In 1936, Tolkien submitted it to his British publishers as a possible follow-up to The Hobbit. What his publishers really wanted, however, was another story about Middle-earth, and so he set aside this little book to begin his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings....

Title : Roverandom
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ISBN : 9780395898710
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Roverandom Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-01-24 05:02

    This is a fantastically childish book that is thoroughly charming; it really captures the essence of Tolkien’s softer themes and humour. Not everything has to be constantly dark and foreboding for his writing to be successful. This is simple, imaginative and a good little bit of fun. The tale is quaint and fairly short in which a dog, initially named Rover, is turned into a toy as an act of revenge because he bit a mean old sand sorcerer. Some people really are that petty. This leads to a series of events in which the toy is washed up on a beach, learns to fly and finally ends up in the company of the Man in the Moon. However, the Man in the Moon already has a dog named Rover; thus, he dubs the toy Roverandom. He temporarily grants him wings resulting in him and the other Rover being chased by a Dragon during one of their flights. A friendship blossoms between the two Rovers, though eventually Rover seeks to be a normal dog once more. He wants to go back to his normal life. And the only person who can reverse the magic is the one who cast it in the first place, but wizards are always tricky: he won’t simply do it for nothing. The thing I enjoyed most about this story is learning about where it came from. Tolkien’s son lost his precious toy, so Tolkien wrote this story about what could have happened to it and where it might of gone after he lost it. Doesn’t he sound like a wonderful farther? “I did nothing but run away from the time I was a puppy, and I kept on running and roving until one fine morning - a very fine morning, with the sun in my eyes - I fell over the world's edge chasing a butterfly.”

  • leynes
    2019-02-14 02:21

    Roverandom is a novella by J.R.R. Tolkien, originally told in 1925, about the adventures of a young dog, Rover. In the story, an irritable wizard turns Rover into a toy, and Rover goes to the moon and under the sea in order to find the wizard again to turn him back into a normal-sized dog.The blind was down; but outside the moon rose up out of the sea, and laid the silver path across the waters that is the way to places at the edge of the world and beyond, for those that can walk on it.Tolkien wrote this children's tale for his son Michael to amuse him upon the loss of his favorite toy, a little leaden dog which he lost on a beach of grey shingle stones in Filey, a town on the Yorkshire coast where the Tolkiens spent their holiday. It was very heart-warming to see how much Tolkien cared about his children. After searching for Michael's toy for two days and deciding to write a story to cheer him up, Tolkien, in December that year, mentioned Rover and the Man in the Moon in one of his Father Christmas letters as well, ensuring that the tale would become a favorite with the boys. Roverandom includes a number of childish colloquialism, such as whizz, splosh and tummy, which are of particular interest for their like is rarely met with in Tolkien's published writings, having been omitted ab initio in his manuscripts or deleted in revision (as tummy was altered in The Hobbit to stomach). Here they are surely survivals from the story as it was originally told to the Tolkien children. It's interesting to compare Tolkien's earlier fiction with his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. The wizard Artaxerxes, who 'walked into the story, came wandering up the garden-path in a ragged old coat, with an old pipe in his mouth', really reminded me of Gandalf. Additionally, it's interesting to note one of Artaxerxes' special features, he wore a 'blue feather stuck in the back of his green hat'. He shares this piece of clothing with Tom Bombadil (see: The Fellowship of the Ring), supporting the theories that there's more to Tom than Tolkien would led on. Even Rover, who 'was beginning to get used to extraordinary things happening to him', was reminiscent of some of Tolkien's later and more beloved character. His vexation about adventures and his struggles with dragons really reminded me of good o'le Bilbo at times. Roverandom is also essential in understanding the root of Tolkien's fascination with dragons and the Faery – both of which are discussed in the tale:It would take the whole of another story, at least, to tell you of all their adventures in Uncharted Waters and of their glimpses of lands unknown to geography, before they passed the Shadowy Seas and reached the great Bay of Fairyland (as we call it) beyond the Magic Isles; and saw far off in the last West the Mountains of Elvenhome and the light of Faery upon the waves. Roverandom thought he caught a glimpse of the city of the Elves on the green hill beneath the Mountains, a glint of white far away...In Tolkien's mythology the Shadowy Seas and the Magic Isles hide and guard Aman (Elvenhome, and the home of the Valar) from the rest of the world. Of the moon garden, Tolkien wrote: 'Pale blue leaves that never fell […] Later in the year the trees all bursts together into pale golden blossoms'. These descriptions are foreshadowing, perhaps, the mallorn trees of Lothlórien: 'Far in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold.' (see: The Fellowship of the Ring, bk.2, ch. 6) Naturally, it's just as interesting to analyze how his writing style changed over the years. Whether we're looking at Farmer Giles of Ham (1937) or Roverandom (1925) it becomes clear that his earlier fiction was much more whimsical, light-hearted and funny:Only the shrimps heard him, and they asked him what was the matter. He told them all bout it, and expected them to be very sorry for him but they only said:'How would you like to be boiled? Have you ever been boiled? I'm aware that this is a reach but I really feel like WWII sucked the joy out of Tolkien. :( Despite being a short children's tale, Roverandom has many interesting things to offer. The mythology that runs through the novel is rich and refreshing and the themes discussed are actually worth while. I was especially fond of Rover's adventures on the moon and his discovery about how good dreams and nightmares are made and how children are dealing with it. Furthermore, I liked the exploration of friendship between Rover and the moon-dog and how their dynamic changed after Rover tasted freedom and the scent of his home on earth, where he truly belonged. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is let go of a person and allow them to move on as well. Roverandom is a truly heart-warming tale that comes full circle by the end and really didn't feel half-assed. I genuinely think that Tolkien put much thought and effort into it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in his work or just looking for a good children's story.

  • Paul
    2019-02-06 05:28

    A fun little tale. A little bit manic in parts but full of imagination and a bit of fun.Definitely one from the days when a kids book was supposed to challenge rather than mimic a childs vocabulary.

  • Buğra Aydoğan
    2019-02-02 08:10

    Roverrandom, Yüzüklerin Efendisi ve Silmarillion gibi J.R.R. Tolkien'in devleri arasında kaybolan, kıyıda köşede kalmış eserlerden biri. Oğlu Michael’ın oyuncak köpeğini kaybetmesi üzerine yazmaya başladığı, Rover adında bir köpeğin, bir büyücünün pelerinini ısırıp, büyücü tarafından oyuncağa dönüştürülmesini anlatan eğlenceli bir hikaye. Orta Dünya’da geçmemesi de Roverrandom’u diğer Tolkien eserlerinden ayırıyor. Roverrandom'u benim için değerli kılan şey eğlenceli hikayesi değil Tolkien'in hayal gücünün ilk kırıntılarının görülmesi. Kitaptaki büyücülerin, canavarların, kulelerin ve diğer bir çok küçük fantastik parçanın ileride Orta Dünya evrenini oluşturacak simgeler haline geleceğini bilerek okumak kitaba farklı bir boyut katıyor. Denizin dibine batan kıtalar, birbirleriyle anlaşamayan deniz perileri ve çirkin deniz goblinleri Silmarillion okuyanlara tanıdık gelecektir.İthaki'nin Tolkien Treasury kapsamında yayımladığı baskıyı okudum. J.R.R. Tolkien'in illüstrasyonlarını içeriyor ve estetik açıdan oldukça doyurucu olduğunu söylemeden geçemeyeceğim. Tolkien külliyatı oluşturmak ya da var olan külliyatınızı zenginleştirmek istiyorsanız bence kesinlikle Tolkien Treasury kapsamında basılan diğer kitap Tom Bombadil'in Maceraları(diğer iki kitap henüz basılmadı) ile birlikte alıp bir köşeye koymalısınız.

  • Jason
    2019-01-24 01:13

    My father remarried a few months ago, and my stepmother still owns her own house. She's been cleaning it out for a while, and getting rid of odds and ends (mostly belonging to her ex-husband). She came across this and my father grabbed it to give to me since he knows I like Tolkien. I'm very glad he did. I had never heard of this book before, and was interested in checking it out.Evidently Tolkien wrote it for, or maybe just told it to, his second son after said son had lost a toy dog on a beach outing. He liked it so much that he tried to have it published after The Hobbit, but the publishers wanted a sequel instead of this kid's tripe, so he put this away and wrote The Lord of the Rings instead. Now, I'm glad he wrote LOTR, but surely the publishers could have just nipped this in their printing press, but oh well.The story involves a dog who steps afoul of a wizard. The wizard turns him into a toy dog, who gets purchased by a mother for her boy, and the boy loses the dog on the beach. Another wizard turns him into a real dog again, but he's still toy size. There's a trip to the moon, more wizards, a dragon, spiders, sea serpents, dreams, merpeople, a whale, sea goblins, and all kinds of Tolkienish things. These are the bedtime stories the Tolkien children heard, and it makes me wonder if a Tolkien child ever got a wink of sleep.At any rate, while some of these creatures are inherently creepy, Tolkien spins his yarn in the same light vein as The Hobbit, and it all winds up being very amusing. I'm sure if it was written in the same heavy language of LOTR with its multiple lexicons, then this would be nowhere near as enjoyable. Best of all, there is not a single song in it. Well, songs are sung, but we don't have to read the lyrics to any of them, and everything is in English. In short: Roverandom is the anti-The Silmarillion as far as writing style is concerned. (Actually, that's just a guess. I've never made it through The Silmarillion, and know far more people who have attempted it and failed than I do people who succeeded to make it to the end).The wit and humor in this story is superb, and I enjoyed every page of it. All the wizards, and some of the other characters, have the Gandalf/Thorin grumps going on, which has always been highly entertaining to me. Roverandom almost inadvertently destroys the world when he bites a shark's tail-fin for a bit of fun because it causes a chain reaction that upsets the sea-serpent, a beast so powerful that not even the most powerful wizard, the man in the moon, can do much with him. (The last time he tried, they accidentally sank Atlantis before the sea serpent just went back to sleep). Just think of the scene in Police Academy when Fackler tosses an apple out the window of his cruiser which starts a riot, and you'll understand.It's only 89 pages, and I finished it in a single evening. This version of the book has a lengthy introduction which I skipped, so I can tell you nothing about it, but that doesn't mean there isn't interesting stuff in it. I almost never read introductions that aren't written by the author himself, and I might even stop doing that. (I'm still smarting from that introduction to The Scarlet Letter). It also has about a million end notes which talk about various changes from the original text, sources of some odd phrases, and what not. I also skipped these, and it was easy to do it. The end notes are just at the end of the book and give the corresponding page number, but there are no end note numbers included in the text of the story, so you have no idea when there's an end note included unless you mark them yourself or constantly flip back to the end notes to see.I recommend this to just about anyone who enjoys a light, kid's fantasy story packed with humorous and witty elements, and especially to dog lovers.

  • X
    2019-02-15 08:24

    Tolkien *can* write a story with a happy ending! It's a very charming tale, closer in style to "The Hobbit" than LOTR, but lighter and full of colloquialisms and word plays (many of which were lost on me!) that are rare in his other books. As he never prepared it to be published, there are a few loose ends and anomolies, but they are easily overlooked.

  • S.M. Carrière
    2019-01-25 04:14

    Oh my goodness this was an adorable read!It is a book for very young children, so don't expect anything heavy and involved - I finished the book in two hours (an hour a sitting).That said, one of the things I really, really, really love about Tolkien is that he doesn't pander to his audience. There are words and puns, usages and phrases that one would think that you would have to be older to understand and appreciate. Tolkien, however, does not ever so insult his audience. His complicated words and humorous phrases are intended to be read to (and by, I would assume) young children.I love that as, I've probably stated before, I as a young girl hated reading books that treated me like I was an imbecile with the vocabulary of your average orang-utan. I hated it as much as being talked down to by "adults" and not taken seriously.In fact, I read the foreword to the book, and in it the editors noted that Tolkien specifically decried the dumbing down of vocabulary in children's books. I feel I would have liked the man almost as much as I love his works.As a children's book, it is sublime. I seriously want children just so I can read them this book! Just kidding. That's not the only reason. The point is, this book is a wonderful tale from a wonderful imagination.Just be sure to remind yourself that you are reading a book intended for children, and you shouldn't be ever disappointed.Oh, and if you're a Tolkien nut enamoured with his works (like I am), do take the time to read the foreword. It sheds some light on how all of Tolkien's work, including this one, are interrelated. It's simply fascinating.

  • Bekah
    2019-01-24 06:17

    How could I NOT give this five stars? It was just too funny and adorable. Is it the best thing ever written? Certainly not. It's not even the best thing Tolkien ever wrote. But it is a really quirky story about magic and mischief and a lost dog. It doesn't hurt that the story was written as a way to cheer up Tolkien's son Michael when he lost a toy dog on a trip to the seaside. Just a short children's fantasy book, that would no doubt be a classic if it were not so overlooked and forgotten.

  • Tempo de Ler
    2019-02-03 00:12

    Embora mais curto e simples que os trabalhos que já tive oportunidade de ler de J. R. R. Tolkien, Roverandom é de uma criatividade igualmente genial. Do infeliz encontro de um cão chamado Rover com um feiticeiro não muito simpático resulta que, por não usar as simples palavras "por favor", Rover acaba transformado num pequeníssimo cão de brincar. Assim, acabamos por partir com Rover numa maravilhosa aventura desde a superfície da Lua até às profundezas do mar!Embora o fantástico não seja o meu género literário de eleição, Tolkien é tão "convincente" que quando começo um dos seus livros tenho sempre a sensação que estou na presença efectiva de uma pessoa sábia e experiente, conhecedora dos mistérios do mundo, que me vai contar uma história espectacular. Este "poder" do narrador funciona como um íman para mim já que gosto muito de uma boa história, mas adoro quem a sabe realmente contar. Desde a riqueza dos cenários, passando pela cómica excentricidade das personagens, até às mais maravilhosas, embora improváveis, justificações para as idiossincrasias deste "seu" mundo, tudo neste livro se reúne para nos encantar. Não considero Roverandom exclusivo para crianças, embora consiga facilmente perceber que um livro destes, na minha infância, teria levado a minha imaginação a disparar em inúmeras direcções. Adorei o livro e quando penso no que levou Tolkien a escrevê-lo [para entreter os filhos depois de um deles ter passado pela triste experiência de perder na praia o seu brinquedo preferido da altura, um cão] torna-se ainda mais precioso

  • Amy | shoutame
    2019-02-19 02:00

    My overall thoughts:1. This book follows the tale of a dog named Rover who incurs the wrath of a wizard and gets shrunk down to a tiny size. We follow him on his mission to find the wizard so he can be returned to his original size. Whilst on this quest he ventures to the moon and down to the depths of the ocean, all the while making friends and discovering things he didn't know about himself.2. I love J.R.R. Tolkien and think this is one of the quaintest little reads I have read in a long time! If you have small children and you wish to read some Tolkien to them but think possibly that The Hobbit may not yet be suitable I strongly recommend this book! I truly wish someone had read this to me as a youngster as I know I would have enjoyed it immensely! 3. I read this story in an afternoon and found myself falling deeper in love with Tolkien's poetic and beautiful writing style. I get the feeling of being transported to another world when reading stories like this and I absolutely love it!4. The character of Rover the dog was easily relatable (even though he was a dog) I found I could understand his need to explore but the yearning for the comforts of home and what he knows at the same time. 5. Highly recommendable, a beautifully written and light read that all would enjoy!

  • Daria
    2019-01-26 08:08

    Takie bajki mogę czytać swoim dzieciom.

  • Eda
    2019-01-20 05:27

    Çok hoş bir masal kitabı bitirdim az önce. Tolkien en sevdiğim yazarlardan biridir ve onun kaleminden böyle tatlı bir hikaye okumak çok güzeldi. Aslında bahsedilecek çok bir şey yok kitap hakkında ama kısaca konusuna değineyim. Rover adlı bir köpek var. Bir gün bir büyücünün paçasını ısırınca büyücü onu oyuncağa çeviriyor ve Rover kendini bir maceranın içerisinde buluyor. Tabiri caizse başına gelmeyen kalmıyor. Ve biz bu serüveni okuyoruz. İleride çocuklarıma uyku masalı yapacağım bir kitap olduğunu söyleyebilirim. Bence her çocuğun severken okuyacağı ya da dinleyeceği büyülü bir masal. Siz de kendi çocuklarınıza, kardeşlerinize ya da yiğenlerinize okuyabilirsiniz ❤️

  • Brandon Miller
    2019-01-28 02:28

    Don't you ever let anyone tell you that all lost dog stories are he same.Ever.As a fledgling reader, I enjoyed Lassie Come Home (though it took me about a year and a half to finish.) Somehow, somewhere, the lost dog story just appealed to me. I read more Lassie books when I was young than I would care to admit, and a number of other animal stories.None of them were like this.None of them involved wizards or trips to the dark side of the moon or the PAM.None of them were as good as this.Roverandom wasn't your normal book. Rover didn't do anything in the whole story than had things done to him, and usually that's annoying. If the book had been any longer, then it probably would have been. But it wasn't. The narrative voice was fresh (I'm a sucker for narrative voice) and the whimsical approach to reality was lighthearted and happy.Plus, some of the quotes in this book are just plain the best they could be. See: "I don't believe half of them know where they are going to, or why they are going there, or would know it if they got there," grumbled Rover...(Oh, but don't read past the first page in the introduction, because it spoils everything.)

  • Evi *
    2019-01-22 05:21

    C’è già tutto Tolkien in questa adorabile favola che in veste di padre scrisse per consolare un suo figlioletto che aveva smarrito un giocattolo.Un Tolkien sereno, che affabula senza porsi il dilemma delle forze del bene e del male in lotta come farà in seguito nel suo meraviglioso capolavoro, seguiamo deliziati le avventure di un cane reale che per incantesimo viene miniaturizzato e dotato di piccole alucce, lo osserviamo con lo sguardo in su mentre vola sulla Luna nascosto tra le penne di un gabbiano e poi in giù sprofondarsi, al riparo nel ventre di una balena, negli abissi dove incontrerà il cane-mare.Racconto fantastico, fiaba lieve sì, ma non senza riferimenti letterari e mitologici importanti disseminati tra le pagine, consigliato.

  • Myles
    2019-02-17 00:25

    As wonderful and rich and moving as he may be sometimes, Tolkien can be terribly boring. There is something of the lightness that makes The Hobbit so much fun, but since Tolkien never fully prepped this book for publication, the final effort was never made to make this appealing to children. I'm sure Roverandom was much better when it was a homey story exclusively for his children. When reading this my first mistake was to read the introduction, which didn't leave off at telling the provenance of the story, but laboriously tries to establish just when parts of the story were written down and even more so tries to justify its publication here as something more than turning out the proverbial pockets of Tolkien's filing cabinets. When finished with that nonsense, the story itself just isn't so appetizing anymore.But here it is, "a full-length fantasy!" about a dog who gets turned into a toy and has wonderful adventures while trying to become a dog again. I will say that the story and the humor is better than Bombadillo, but I think we all know just how much that amounts to. It reminds me of that jab by somebody or other, about how sad it is to read Shakespeare when he's really, really trying to be funny. The story does come full circle and, having been prepped for review by publishers, is better than your average dead-author capitalization piece, but I didn't love it, I didn't necessarily like it, and I can't even say it offers any insight into Tolkien other than that he had a very good imagination, which we already know.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-30 05:59

    This is a cute book but not my favorite of Tolkien's. I couldn't help but compare to it other books that a famous author father wrote for his children about mystical lands and containing elegant wordplay: Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie, which are much more entertaining and skillful. However, I'm a Tolkien fan, and I enjoyed this book. It's not up to the level of The Hobbit for me, which I've read about seven times--I would never reread Roverandom--but I did enjoy it.I recommend it to people with children and to Tolkien fans.

  • Chris
    2019-01-22 08:03

    So what to say about this? First, honestly, if you are going to have notes in the back of the book, could you please (with a cherry on top) let the reader know when there is a note? Just saying.This is not as good as LOTR or the Hobbit,yet a reader can see the beginnings of both in this story. It is hard not to see figure of Gandalf and even Biblo in this short story about a dog. It isn't, I think, as child friendly to outloud reading as the Hobbit. It lacks that later book's charm.

  • Shadowdenizen
    2019-01-19 03:26

    3.5 stars, rounded down. Cute and readable, but a mere trifle in Tolkien's pantheon. I know it was intended as a child's fairy tale, but it nonetheless just feels lacking to me, given that it was written by an master of fantasy fiction.

  • Laura
    2019-02-02 02:15

    Es increíble la imaginación que tenía Tolkien. Escribir un cuento así partiendo de un hecho tan "normal" es de admirar.Las descripciones que hace de los lugares que visita Rover te hacen viajar directamente a la Tierra Media, con sus magos, sus dragones...Simplemente genial.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-01-26 05:59

    cute sweet story to read to your kids before bedtime.

  • Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
    2019-02-07 01:07

    This was a cute little story about a dog's run in with wizards! I loved all the fun silly adventures Roverandom had on the moon and under the sea, just showing how amazing of an imagination Tolkien had!I do love these two quotes from The Man in the Moon and the mermaid Mrs Artaxerxes:"Now fly off and amuse yourselg. Don't worry the moonbeams, and don't kill my white rabbits, and come home when you are hungry!""Now swim away and amuse yourselves! Don't worry the fire-fish, don't chew the sea-anemones, don't get caught in the clams; and come back to supper!"

  • Hannah
    2019-01-22 02:06

    This is a really sweet little book that Tolkien wrote for his son about a puppy who bit the wrong wizard's trousers and became a toy by way of enchantment. He makes friends and travels to fascinating places before finding the wizard again and asking to be changed back to how he was before. This is a great book for children and adults alike!

  • Marina Balinska
    2019-02-10 06:58

    Nice combination of classic Tolkien creativity and a touch of humor. This was very enjoyable read.

  • Elsie Stoltzfus
    2019-01-20 02:22

    This is such a fun story! I can't believe that I hadn't read it before now. It is truly a delight to read!

  • Jan
    2019-01-29 08:12

    Nederlands onderaan.I liked the story as it was intended, a tale for children. However, I'm terribly disappointed I read this in the Dutch translation. Not to say that the translation was bad per se, but I think it lost a lot of the magic of Tolkiens use of language. In the introduction there's a lot of mentions of all his language games and when I read those little English snippets, I felt a pang of regret of not getting the English edition. Alas, my library doesn't carry that.I was also misled (A LOT) by the cover of this edition, which has nothing, but ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the story. I really don't get why the publisher, which is the best Dutch fantasy publisher for the Dutch language, and generally does alright, chose to pick this illustration for the cover. The story is about a silly young dog who bites a wizard in the butt and is punished for that. 2 other wizards butt in and he ends up on a load of adventures thanks to them, including a visit to the moon. There is absolutely nothing here that feels like traditional fantasy with elves, dwarves and trolls. So why on earth this picture? It boggles my mind it does.So yeah, because of that I'm giving this edition only the ok, and I'll try and catch the English version of this tale in Tales from the Perilous Realm****Het verhaal zelf was min of meer hoe ik het verwacht had, een verhaal voor kinderen. Maar ik ben vreselijk teleurgesteld dat ik dit las in de Nederlandse vertaling. Niet om te zeggen dat de vertaling slecht was per se, maar ik denk dat een groot deel van de magie van Tolkiens taalgebruik verloren ging. In de inleiding zijn er veel vermeldingen van al zijn taalspelletjes en toen ik die kleine stukjes engels las, had ik echt spijt dat mijn bibliotheek de engelse editie niet heeft. Ik was ook misleid (EN HOE!!!!) door de cover van deze editie, die niets, maar dan ook absoluut niets te maken heeft met het verhaal. Ik begrijp echt niet hoe Mynx in godsnaam kon kiezen voor deze illustratie. Het slaat gewoon op niets. Het verhaal gaat over een domme jonge hond die een tovenaar in de kont bijt en daarvoor gestraft wordt. 2 andere tovenaarsbemoeien zich ermee en hij belandt in een hoop avonturen, inclusief een bezoek aan de maan. Er is absoluut niets dat aanvoelt als de traditionele fantasy met elven, dwergen en trollen. Dus waarom in hemelsnaam deze foto? Dit gaat mijn verstand te boven.Dus ja, als gevolg hiervan geef ik deze editie slechts een ok.

  • Caitlin
    2019-01-24 02:02

    J. R. R. Tolkien has often been put into the "lengthy authors" category due to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Noted for his complex histories, languages, and peoples, what really isn't known about Tolkien is that he could write the occasional bit of comedic fairytale. Roverandom is a delightful story about a little dog named Rover who bites a wizard's trousers out of annoyance and is turned into a toy dog. He then has many wonderful adventures, some of which involve going to the Moon and meeting the man in the moon and his dog, the moon Rover. He also delves into the depths of the ocean, meeting a little webby-footed pooch, also named Rover. With each step of his journey, our little Rover makes friends and learns to be patient and kind to those around him. Does he stay a toy forever? Well, you'll have to read it to find out! I personally think this is one of Tolkien's most delightful tales and it is a very good story to read to children before bed. It might even help to make Bedtime a little more fun and exciting, as the children travel with Rover to impossible, glorious places.

  • Daren
    2019-02-14 02:14

    So I read this because it is Tolkien, and I haven't come into contact with anything other than the regulation Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (and the Silmarillion, but lets not go there), so I was interested to see how his kids books worked.I thought it was pretty good. There are the Tolkienesque elements such as touching on his mythology (which are fairly boringly summarised in the introduction and the notes section at the end), and or course wizards and dragons. Written around 1925, (the Hobbit was published in 1937 and the Lord of the rings from 1945-54) there are a few elements here which hint at trial runs for future works - Roverandom is carried by a seagull, the three wizards featured all have elements of Gandalf about them. Of course it is expected that his epic works were in progress much earlier than they were published, so who can say which came first?I haven't outlined the plot, as there is enough description in the blurb.

  • Majo
    2019-02-18 01:59

    "—¿Es cierto que los sueños se hacen realidad?—Algunos, pero no todos. Y rara vez enseguida, o exactamente como eran cuando se soñaron."Tolkien escribió este libro para una de sus hijos, cuando perdió un perrito de juguete en la playa. Así, nos relata las aventuras de un perro, Rover, quién se cruza en el camino de magos, dragones y ballenas en su viaje de regreso a casa.Es muy bonito y tierno, con enseñanzas como el respeto y la amistad. Aunque me pareció un poco pesado en algunos momentos y se explaya demasiado en detalles. Estoy segura de que para ser un libro para niños no había necesidad de ellos. Aún así engancha y se lee rápido.Los dibujos son muy detallados y ayudan a seguir el ritmo de la historia.

  • Mayra Sigwalt
    2019-01-28 07:59

    This was so funny and sweet. But I think the story is a little bit too long for children. Dunno Historia muito engraçada e fofa!! Mas eu acho que ela se estende demais para uma historia infantil. Não sei.

  • Ľuboš
    2019-02-11 00:03

    Tolkien bol asi na houbičkách keď to písal...