As today is the 122nd anniversary of the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien I have chosen his Tales from the Perilous Realm as my choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo. It is a small collection of short stories and poetry, which GoodReads describes as follows:
The definitive collection of J.R.R.Tolkien’s four acclaimed modern classic fairy tales, finally together in a volume which reaffirms his place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.
The fat and unheroic Farmer Giles of Ham is called upon to do battle with the dragon Chrysophylax; Niggle the painter sets out to paint the perfect tree in Leaf by Niggle; hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls partake in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil; and Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery via the magical ingredients of a giant cake.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of Tales from the Perilous Realm:
Aegidius de Hammo was a man who lived in the midmost parts of the Island of Britain. In full his name was Aegidius Ahenobarbus Julius Agricola de Hammo; for people were richly endowed with names in those days, now long ago, when this island was still happily divided into many kingdoms.
This is a great beginning. Tolkien had a way with words and was one of the greatest storytellers of all time and this beginning demonstrates this so well.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of Tales from the Perilous Realm:
Chyrsophylax begged often for his liberty; and he proved expensive to feed, since he continued to grow, as dragons will, like trees, as long as there is life in them.
I really need to read this collection again soon. It’s been a few years since I last read it, but I remember really enjoying it. I think that this year I’ll try and read more Tolkien, and avoid watching really poor movie adaptations of his great writing.