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The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Abridged edition (October 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694525707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694525706
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This collection consists mainly of historic readings by J.R.R. Tolkien, made in the 1950s.The sound quality of the oldest recordings isn't very good, but it's nevertheless interesting to hear Tolkien's characterizations of his own soon-to-be-famous characters. Those expecting Tolkien to sound like a dowdy professor will be surprised when they hear the gusto and bluster he brings to the mighty Tom Bombadil and the sinister glee he injects into the voice of the evil cave-dwelling Gollum. The collection is rounded out by newer recordings of the author's son, Christopher, reading from his father's works. J.P.M. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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I highly recommend these recordings.
Zack Davisson
Those recordings were fortunately preserved and are now available in this 4 CD set.
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Tolkien's voice and his singing really incredible.
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2002
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According to the inserts, these recordings were made before the "Lord of the Rings" books were even published. J.R.R. Tolkien performed these snippets for friends, in order to get their opinion of his new story as well as inspire himself to pursue publication. It is pretty fortunate that they were recorded.
Of course, the recording quality of these informal chats is not top-notch, but I would expect nothing different. These are not professional recordings, but probably just someone with a recording machine in a living room while Tolkien performs. They are intimate, and a wonder to hear. Imagine if you could have been there, with Professor Tolkien trying to interest you in his funny little stories!
Tolkien reads excerpts from several of his books, including "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." He reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," and sings a few of his songs. It is great fun to hear the "gollum" noise as he envisioned it, as well as the Elvish language spoken by it's author.
I highly recommend these recordings. They are a window into the past.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. Palladino on September 30, 2002
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It's too bad that Tolkien didn't get a chance to read the whole of "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit". But, it's wonderful that these recordings survived for us to hear them since they were not professionally made and most were done before "Lord of the Rings" was even published, let alone popular. Also, also my thanks to who ever decided to put all these on CD. My LPs of these recordings are worn out.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Foret Jr. on January 26, 2003
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Ever wanted to actually HEAR the voice of the author of "The Lord of the Rings" books reading some of his own wanderfull work? Well, whith this collection, you CAN!!! Yes, it's true, Tolkien reading his own writing!!! Among the many treasures contained in this fabulous four disk collection is a sample of Tolkien reading the two lines of writing on the ring, "one ring to rule them all..." No, he doesn't read it in the black speech, but I'd like to think that he DID record that. there's a pretty good sprinkling of Elvish here too: both spoken and sung. You will just love the first item in this collection. Here, Tolkien reads the passage about Gollum from "the Hobbit". It should be noted that He reads at a fairly fast rate so you may have to listen somewhat more closely than you might otherwise. This one will just keep you coming back again and again and again!!!!! You'll NEVER tire of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Franz Metcalf on May 9, 2007
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Who better to read Tolkien than Tolkien?

What I find so delightful in this compilation is the variety of mood and tone that both J. R. R. and Christopher bring to Tolkien's work. J. R. R. has real fun with the poems and narratives (especially of Sam and Gollum). The riddle chapter from The Hobbitt is an absolute treasure. J. R. R.'s vocal characterization of Gollum is genuinely first rate; no actor could have done it better. And his reading of the charge of the Rohirrim to the aid of Gondor is fully heroic.

But J. R. R. is always rustic whereas Christopher is erudite. The contrast is remarkable and somehow effective. Christopher's reading from The Silmarillion gives a sense of the depth of history of the Elder Days. His Oxbridge accent (after all, he grew up in Oxford) is perfect for the great persons he gives voice to. And of course he knows his father's work better than any person alive.

If you've ever enjoyed *reading* Tolkien, you owe it to yourself to *hear* Tolkien. You will love it! (And your kids will love Gollum!)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christyl Johnson on January 16, 2005
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I absolutely love this group of CDs! Hearing Tolkien himself reading exerpts from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings make reading the stories themselves even more wonderful!

And when Christopher reads from The Silmarillion, it's just amazing, especially for someone who's been reading these stories since I was a little child.

I'd recommed these CDs to anyone who wanted ot listen to a true master of words.
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CD 1: Songs and excerpts from "The Hobbit" and "The Fellowship of the Ring" read by J.R.R. Tolkien (49 minutes)
1. The Hobbit: Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark (29:49)
2. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book I: Chapter I: A Long Expected Party - The Old Walking Song (0:17)
3. TFotR Book I: Chapter II: The Shadow of the Past - Verse of the Rings (0:52)
4. TFotR Book I: Chapter III: Three is Company - A Walking Song (1:01)
5. TFotR Book I: Chapter III: Three is Company - "Snow White! Snow White!" (0:38)
6. TFotR Book I: Chapter V: A Conspiracy Unmasked - The Bath Song (0:42)
7. TFotR Book I: Chapter V: A Conspiracy Unmasked - Farewell Song of Merry and Pippin (0:28)
8. TFotR Book I: Chapter VI: The Old Forest - "Hey! Come merry doll!" (0:38)
9. TFotR Book I: Chapter VI: The Old Forest - "Hop along, my little friends" (0:21)
10. TFotR Book I: Chapter IX: At the Sign of the Prancing Pony - "The is an inn, a merry old in..." (1:53)
11: TFotR Book I: Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark - The Fall of Gil-Galad (0:25)
12: TFotR Book I: Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark - Song of Beren and Luthien (3:06)
13: TFotR Book I: Chapter XII: Flight to the Ford - Sam's Rhyme of the Troll (2:36)
14. TFotR Book II: Chapter I: Many Meetings - "They got up and withdrew quietly..." (0:31)
15. TFotR Book II: Chapter IV: A Journey in the Dark - Song of Durin (1:43)
16. TFotR Book II: Chapter VI: Lothlorien - Song of Nimrodel (1:43)
17. TFotR Book II: Chapter VII: The Mirror of Galadriel - Frodo's Lament for Gandalf (0:58)
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