These classic recordings by J. R. R. Tolkien and his son, Christopher, encompass selections from his most famous works, The Hobbit and the famous trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Engaging for adults and entertaining for children, this collection also includes performances of selected Tolkien songs and poems.
"The charming voice of Tolkien, bringing Middle English accenting to the craggy characters of the Middle Earth, is irresistible" -Publishers Weekly
Popular for generations, J.R.R. Tolkien's world of hobbits, magic, and historic myth is brought to life through the selected recordings he himself made of his famous tetralogy. Tolkien brings these tales alive by speaking in authentic Gothic rhythms and enthusiastically reading in his "Elvish" language. The heavy, rhythmic patterns of Middle English pronunciation create a world where Good and Evil are tangible and often battle - a world we have all, somehow, known previously - a dark, mystical place woken from its foggy slumber within our minds through these special tales and Tolkien's very speech.
These original recordings, which Tolkien made with friends in the summer of 1952, gave him the needed reassurance to continue the search for a publisher for his original manuscript. These archival recordings encompass selections from Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
This collection also includes a wonderful treat, Poems and Songs of Middle Earth (poems in English and Elvish from The Lord of the Rings and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil), with The Road Goes Even On sung byWilliam Elvin with composer Donald Swann at the piano. And, finally, JRR Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien, reads from his father's The Silmarillion, one of the first, and finest, of Tolkien's stories.
|Edition description:||Abridged, 3 Cassettes|
|Product dimensions:||4.42(w) x 7.07(h) x 1.40(d)|
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