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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The mythology that runs through the novel is rich and refreshing and the themes discussed are actually worth while. Some of the best writing is in lyrical descriptions of the moonscape and seascape. Tolkien Fiction books Posthumous publications Publications by title Roverandom. Is it the best thing ever written? Return to Book Page. First name Country where you live Book Your rating out of 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Your review. So what to say about this? It is so sweet!!

Tales from the Perilous Realm. I think the story behind this book is way more interesting, if I’m allowed so to say. Want to Read saving….

I recommend this to just about anyone who enjoys a light, kid’s fantasy story packed with humorous and witty elements, and especially to dog lovers. Tolkien, however, does not ever so insult his audience.

Nov 19, Shadowdenizen rated it liked tllkien Shelves: The Hobbit remains a masterpiece of narrative and a classic rite-of-passage story. He goes on an adventure, whisked away from his owner and yellow ball. She came across this and my father grabbed it to give to me since he knows I like Tolkien.

The Children Of Hurin 8. This version of the book has a lengthy introduction which I skipped, so I can tell you nothing about it, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t interesting stuff in it.


The wife-and-husband team of Christina Scull and Wayne G. He’s so sweet, and I enjoyed his point of view and his way of thinking about his experiences and acquaintances.

Roverandom by JRR Tolkien

However, I’m a Tolkien fan, and I enjoyed this book. Just a short children’s fantasy book, that would no doubt be a classic if it were not so overlooked and forgotten. The illustrations by Mr. 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.

Write a reader review Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. Furthermore, I liked the exploration of friendship between Rover and the moon-dog and how their dynamic changed after Rover tasted freedom and the scent of his home on earth, where he truly belonged.

Rover the dog is turned into a toy by an irate wizard, and after being lost on the beach has adventures on the moon and under the sea.

I seriously want children just so I can read them this book! When the wizard, Artaxerxesrefuses to give the ball back Rover bites his trousers; in retaliation, the wizard turns Rover into a small toy dog and transports him into a toy store. I get the feeling of being transported to another world when reading stories like this and I absolutely love it!

Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien

It was submitted for publication in after the success of The Hobbitbut was not published for over sixty years — finally being released in It made me laugh hard during the part when one wizard was telling another wizard about the third wizard’s foolish shenanigans. There’s a trip to the moon, more wizards, a dragon, spiders, sea serpents, dreams, merpeople, a whale, sea goblins, and all kinds of Tolkienish things.


The underlying cosmology of the story is, if anything, one of its least satisfactory aspects. Rover falls foul of a wizard in the first place because he doesn’t say ‘please’. Inspired by the loss of his own child’s favourite toy, this charming tale was written by J. Oh, and if you’re a Tolkien nut enamoured with his works like I amdo take the time to read the foreword. Sign In Don’t have an account? And I loved seeing him grow up and become wiser as the story goes on.

All that to say. The Reeve’s Tale Beowulf: On one of their adventures, Roverandom and the moon-dog accidentally journey into the shadowy edge of the dark side of the moon and seek refuge in a cave; the cave turns out to be the lair of the Great White Dragon.

I hated it as much as being talked down to by “adults” and not taken seriously. However, Mars-Jones was overall more scathing as he criticsed the book for being edited “to within an inch of its life” whilst the characterisation was “rudimentary” and that the flat-Earth cosmology was unsatisfactory.

Yates concluded that Roverandom is “a jolly good children’s tale” with a “scholarly and most useful introduction”.