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Smith of Wootton Major

(1964)
A Short Story by

 
 
A new, expanded edition of one of Tolkien's major pieces of short fiction, and his only finished work dating from after publication of The Lord of the Rings; it contains many previously unpublished texts. In 1964 J.R.R. Tolkien was invited to write the preface to a new edition of "The Golden Key" by George MacDonald. Accepting the invitation, Tolkien proposed the preface would explain the meaning of Fairy through a brief story about a cook and a cake. But the story grew, and took on a life of its own, and the preface was abandoned. Tolkien eventually gave it the title, "Smith of Wootton Major", to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse or a story in the Boy's Own paper. It was published in 1967 as a small hardback, complete with charming black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes.Now, almost 40 years on, a facsimile of this early illustrated edition is being republished, but in addition to this enchanting story the new edition includes: / Tolkien's own account of the genesis of the story / Tolkien's Time-Scheme and Characters / Tolkien's discussion of the shadowy but important figure of "Grandfather Rider" and a lengthy, 10,000-word essay on the nature of Faery / Early draft versions and alternative endings / Foreword by the editor, containing a brief history of the story's composition and publication, and its connection to Tolkien's other published stories Contained within "Smith of Wootton Major" are many intriguing links to the world of Middle-earth, as well as Tolkien's other tales, and in this 'extended edition' the reader will finally discover the full story behind this major piece of short fiction.

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

February 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major (Pocket Hardback)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-755728-0 / 978-0-00-755728-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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October 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-720247-4 / 978-0-00-720247-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-395-57646-6 / 978-0-395-57646-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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August 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-440725-4 / 978-0-04-440725-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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October 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-395-26800-1 / 978-0-395-26800-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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October 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien, Pauline Baynes
ISBN: 0-395-08259-5 / 978-0-395-08259-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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December 1975 : UK Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823121-5 / 978-0-04-823121-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin Ltd
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November 1967 : UK Hardback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823076-6 / 978-0-04-823076-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Paperback Editions

December 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10212-5 / 978-0-261-10212-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-440722-X / 978-0-04-440722-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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July 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823232-7 / 978-0-04-823232-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Unwin Paperbacks
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September 1969 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-27865-8 / 978-0-345-27865-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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August 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major / Farmer Giles of Ham
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-27351-6 / 978-0-345-27351-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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July 1975 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major / Farmer Giles of Ham
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-24564-4 / 978-0-345-24564-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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July 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Smith of Wootton Major
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins
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