A Book Review
Copyright: December 8, 2004
In the summer of 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien took his family (his wife Edith and his sons John, Michael and Christopher) on holiday to Filey, a town on the Yorkshire coast. Tolkien rented an Edwardian cottage, on top of a high cliff. For two or three nights, young John Tolkien was mesmorized by a silver "path" that a full moon had "created" across the water.
At this time, Michael Tolkien was extremely fond of a toy dog, made from lead and painted black and white. He ate with it, slept with it, and carried it everywhere with him; he was reluctant to let go of it, even when he had to get his clothes washed. Yet, one day when he went on a walk with he father and elder brother, michael lost the toy while he skimmed stones at the water's edge. Michael was heart broken when his toy could not be found, even though his brother and father had spent all day looking for him, and the next. It was when J.R.R. Tolkien saw how sad his son had become he decided to make up an explanation; how a real dog (which was the toy in reality) called Rover bit a Wizard and so the wizard turned Rover into a toy as punishment. The dog is then bought by a woman, but her child looses it on the beach. Rover meats a comical "sand-sorcerer" and he goes on lots of adventures.
The Introduction of "Roverandom" by J.R.R. Tolkien
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