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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 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998
ISBN: 9780395898710
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tolkien
Characteristics: xxii, 106 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hammond, Wayne G.
Scull, Christina


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Jul 15, 2014

good book

Mar 07, 2012

I found this a very unique and nostalgic, kinda brought the kid back in me

Sep 12, 2010

I recently lost my dog and this book somehow helped me through it. It is a fun read, whimsical, at time perilous, and overall very enjoyable. The story of a dog who gets turned into a toy and then makes a journey to the moon gave me my heart back again. I recommend this book.


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