Poems and Stories (J. R. R. Tolkien)

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Poems and Stories
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AuthorJ. R. R. Tolkien
IllustratorPauline Baynes
Cover artistAlan Lee
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Publication date
Media typePrint

Poems and Stories is a posthumous anthology of some of the previously published short fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973). It also includes the literary essay "On Fairy Stories", and the illustrations of Pauline Baynes, which have appeared in other publications. In this volume, the illustrations are in colour.

Poems and Stories was first published in the UK in a boxed, hardcover "deluxe edition" by Allen & Unwin in 1980. It was reissued in hardcover by HarperCollins in 1992. Houghton Mifflin published a hardcover edition for the United States in 1994.


  1. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, 16 poems "of hobbit origin" about Tom Bombadil
  2. The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son, a play in alliterative verse about the historical Battle of Maldon (991 CE)
  3. "On Fairy Stories", an essay in which Tolkien discusses the fairy-story as a literary form
  4. "Leaf by Niggle", an allegorical short story concerning a painter and his neighbour
  5. "Farmer Giles of Ham", a novella about an English farmer who encounters a dragon
  6. "Smith of Wootton Major", a short story about the people in a village near Oxford, and of one man's immersion in the world of Faerie

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