Comments on literature, the arts, and popular culture from Denny Hartford, Director of Vital Signs Ministries.
Monday, June 24, 2013
For Your Kids (And You!), a New Tolkien Book.
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
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.