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Smith of Wootton Major
"Smith of Wootton Major", first published in 1967, is a short story by J. R. R. Tolkien. The book is intended to explain the meaning of Faery by means of a brief story about a cook and his cake. The story is about a boy who gets a fay-star in a slice of cake from the Master Cook during the Twenty-Four Feast, and explores Faery until it is time to hand on the fay-star.
The book was orginally called "The Great Cake", but the title was changed to "Smith of Wootton Major" in an attempt to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse.
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