by J.R.R. Tolkien

Hardcover, 1998



Local notes

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1998), Edition: 1st, 128 pages. $17.00.


A dog who has been turned into a toy dog encounters rival wizards and experiences various adventures on the moon with giant spiders, dragon moths, and the Great White Dragon.


Original language


Original publication date

1925 (written in)

Physical description

128 p.; 5.5 inches


0395898714 / 9780395898710





User reviews

LibraryThing member Sean191
I happened across this book when I was at the library. Being a big fan of the Middle Earth works of Tolkien, I picked it up. The plus of the book - it has Tolkien's comfortable way of telling a story. His pacing just makes you feel like you should settle in somewhere comfortable with a cup of hot tea and relax.

This story was written for his children and while I think it's a wonderful piece to be read if you're writing it for your own children. But, I felt it fell a little short as a story that should have been published.… (more)
LibraryThing member angharad_reads
The title character is a small dog, who is turned by a magician's pique into a figurine of a small dog, and then reanimated as a very small dog indeed. Charming adventure story of his travels on the moon and under the sea, before being restored to better conditions. Unlike some of Tolkien's adult fiction, it's not boringly written or plotted. It's not allegorical nor philosophical, unlike others of his adult fiction. I really didn't have any complaints with this.… (more)
LibraryThing member avanders
Just a sweet little tale about a dog and his adventures. And though I don't typically enjoy books with animal protagonists, this one was really enjoyable and I'm glad I found the BB (Book Bullet)!
LibraryThing member Maydacat
This story was written and revised by Tolkien decades before his most popular novels, but only published well after The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Written to soothe his young son after the loss of his favorite toy dog, this fantasy illustrates Tolkien’s writing genius and imagination. In this tale, Rover bites a wizard and suffers the consequences, and in the process has a great many adventures. One can see the beginnings of the fascination Tolkien had with other civilizations, with other worldly settings, and with mythical creatures and beings. Well-written and well developed, this entertaining tale is sure please all ages, not just children.… (more)
LibraryThing member Gmomaj
Written for Tolkien's son, this story features a real dog, Rover, who is turned into a toy by a wizard and then transported to the moon. The Man in the Moon renames him Roverandom and gives him wings. He sets out on a series of adventures, before finally asking for the spell to be undone.
LibraryThing member feeroberts64
Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story based on an event that happened when Michael Tolkien was but a boy.

Four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his favorite toy dog and his father created this story to give Michael an idea of what might have happened to his little toy dog.

This was such a fun read!… (more)




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