In the village of Wootton Major the office of Master Cook was exalted once in twenty-four years by the preparation of a Great Cake to mark the Feast of Good Children. Although the merry-making over which he presided was human and hearty, other, less material powers were exchanged during the ceremonies, and for some the world of man and the world of faery met and blended in a strange, beneficent conjunction.
This story grew out of a preface Tolkien agreed to write in 1964 for an edition of Macdonald's The Golden Key. The story was eventually published in 1967 with illustrations by Pauline Baynes. The preface was never finished.
Usually published with in an omnibus volume with Farmer Giles of Ham
Original title: Smith of Wootton Major
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ World of Faerie
Fairy Tales & Folklore→ Original Creations