The Tolkien Reader Discussion Questions: Farmer Giles of Ham
January 27, 2012
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“This is the hour of the Shire folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the great.” — The Lord of the Rings, Book II Chapter 2.
1) How well does the story Farmer Giles of Ham follow the precepts outlined in On Fairy Stories?
2) How does the tale incorporate elements of historical and geographical fact?
3) How does Farmer Giles primarily gain his experience points: for killing monsters, finding treasure, or selling magic items?
4) How does the ending of the story comport with the implied end-game of the early editions of Dungeons & Dragons?
5) Compare and contrast Farmer Giles with the heroes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.