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In 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, endured several drafts over the years. Now, more than seventy years later, the adventures of Rover are published for the first time. Rich in wit and wordplay, Roverandom is edited and introduced by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond and illustrated with Tolkien's own delightful drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395957998
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/30/1999
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 216,797
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

WAYNE G. HAMMOND is a leading expert on Tolkien and coauthor of the acclaimed The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator,The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide with Christina Scull.

CHRISTINA SCULL is a leading expert on Tolkien and coauthor of the acclaimed The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator,The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide with Wayne G. Hammond.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

Table of Contents

House Where 'Rover' Began His Adventures as a 'Toy'
Rover Arrives on the Moon
The White Dragon Pursues Roverandom & the Moondog
Lunar Landscape
The Gardens of the Merking's Palace

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"There's still no one quite like Tolkien, and this utterly charming tale will please readers of all ages." School Library Journal

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Roverandom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
they should make roverandom into a movie that would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book. I was inspired by his motivation for writing it, and so I picked it up two years ago or so and spent an entire afternoon reading it in one sitting. It's a good children's book. Imaginative and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ran across this book in the library and when I read about the sweet story behind it's making ((of how Tolkien wrote it for his son whom had lost his toy dog)) I immediatly grabbed it and read it the next day. I love it! it's so cute and so simple and it explores every childs wonders about life and dreams and were lost dogs go to live and things such. I LOVED it.
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I happened across this book when I was at the library. Being a big fan of the Middle Earth works of Tolkien, I picked it up. The plus of the book - it has Tolkien's comfortable way of telling a story. His pacing just makes you feel like you should settle in somewhere comfortable with a cup of hot tea and relax.This story was written for his children and while I think it's a wonderful piece to be read if you're writing it for your own children. But, I felt it fell a little short as a story that should have been published.
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Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
Roverandom, a delightful tale created by Tolkien as a result of his young son losing a dog toy on a beach holiday in the mid 1920's, is a fun and at times fantastical story. This slightly less than a 100 page story works best told orally because of the great alliterative word choices and vivid pictures told with clear language that is not flowery. There are elements that are familiar to other Tolkien stories: an irritable yet not bad wizard, a land over the sea, but Roverandom is a story on its own. This tale of a dog who travels to the moon and under the sea, in the hope to become real, does not really follow many modern writing conventions, which makes how the author tells his story refreshing. Tolkien greatly respects young readers by his word choices, and he does not talk down to readers. He has woven a simple tale in a complex way that exceeds many adult stories. As a story for Tolkien enthusiasts, Roverandom shows the playful side that exists in short flashes in darker moments in his Middle Earth tales. And as a standalone story, this makes for a throughly modern tale, grounded in much older tales, that exists better orally, as many ancient tales do. Highly recommended.
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