“Irresistible. . . The charming voice of Tolkien, bringing Middle English accenting to the craggy characters of Middle Earth. . . shows how much these works were born - and lived - in the creator's imagination.” -Publishers Weekly
J. R. R. Tolkien, in this extraordinary rare recording, will lead you in prose, poems, and song into the fantastic world of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, places of enchantment you'll want to return to again and again - that is, if you're ever able to leave them in the first place!
This audio is based on a tape recording that Tolkien made in August 1952. The Lord of the Rings, on which he'd worked for more than 14 years, had been refused by publishers and he had almost given up hope of ever seeing it in print. But this recording made him believe in it again - enough to prompt him to send it to a former pupil who had become a publisher. The result was that even during his lifetime more than three million copies were sold.
The next to last piece on side two is an unpublished poem that was apparently originally intended for inclusion in The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VII, “The Mirror of Galadriel.”
“A treat!” - Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.
Date of Birth:January 3, 1892
Date of Death:September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:Oxford, England
Education:B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919