Adam Mars-Jones reviews Roverandom, the story of an increasingly well mannered dog, by JRR Tolkien. Roverandom by JRR Tolkien. Roverandom book cover. logo logo. Rating / A charming juvenile novel about a dog on a. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade Begun in , this fantasy was Roverandom – Kindle edition by J. R. R. Tolkien. Download it once .

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This is a really sweet little tolkuen that Tolkien wrote for his son about a puppy who bit the wrong wizard’s trousers and became a toy by way of enchantment. Sign In Don’t have an account? We’ve found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them.

I hated it as much as being talked down to by “adults” and not taken seriously.

Roverandom by JRR Tolkien

She’s been cleaning it out for a while, and getting rid of odds and ends mostly belonging to her ex-husband. Tolkieen review originally appeared in Mythprint None of them were as good as this. Nov 04, Paul rated it really liked it. Roverandom wasn’t your normal book. Roverandom 4 81 Dec 28, His punishment was to be transformed into a toy, and now he is forced to track down the magician so he can be returned to normal.


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Roverandom is a quick entertaining read, it is not, however, very memorable. It’s a very charming tale, closer in style to “The Hobbit” than LOTR, but lighter and full of colloquialisms and word plays many of which were lost on me!

Somehow, somewhere, the lost dog story just appealed to me.

This is a beautifully whimsical tale that should be a part of every child’s bedtime story collection. Just a short children’s fantasy book, that would no doubt be a classic if it were not so overlooked and forgotten.

The wit and humor in this story is superb, and I enjoyed every page of it. Also, Psamathos and, by the end, Artaxerxes. Open Preview See a Problem?

Roverandom by JRR Tolkien book review

But to produce his best work he seems to have needed the intricate framework of warlocks and elves, spells and prophecies, a trellis of cosmology to support the tendrils of roevrandom fullest fantasy. In fact, at this stage Tolkien ‘s fantasy is hardly freestanding.

Roverandom is the anti- The Silmarillion as far as writing style is concerned. That’s not the only reason.

Content copyright The Mythopoeic Society All rights reserved. Roverandom Hardback edition, featuring Tolkien’s illustration of a fantasized moonscape. Nov 06, Krystal rated it liked it Shelves: It made me laugh hard during the part when one wizard was telling another wizard about the tklkien wizard’s foolish shenanigans.


Furthermore, I liked the exploration of friendship between Rover and the folkien and how their dynamic changed after Rover tasted freedom and the scent of his home on earth, where he truly belonged.

In the story, an irritable wizard turns Rover into a toy, and Rover goes to the moon and under the sea in order to find the wizard again to turn him back into a dog. Just be sure to remind yourself that you are reading a book intended for children, and you tolkein be ever disappointed. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 9. He shares this piece of clothing with Tom Bombadil see: All that to say.

As he embarks on a series of thrilling I’m sure if it was written in the same heavy language of LOTR with its multiple lexicons, then this would be tolkiem near as enjoyable.

Only the shrimps heard him, and they asked him what was the matter. Rover’s character development, unfortunately, was lacking. Not every bleak landscape need foreshadow Mordor, nor every unfriendly spider be a sketch for Shelob.

When Tolkien was 8 years old, roverxndom mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life.