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The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
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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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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is read by Tolkien and as far as I know is the most complete collection of everything that Tolkien has read. It also includes a reading of the Silmarillion by Tolkien's son. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charlotte
If you love Tolkien's work, you'll love hearing him and his son, Christopher narrate from The Hobbit, LoTR, and the Silmarillion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey Pfeiffer
Ri have been looking for this recording for years and just so happen upon it at Amazon!!! I am so happy....now I can listen to Mr. Tolkien himself!!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Toni G. Spinner
since nine teen sixty nine a Tolkien student I didn't know these even existed till amazon and computers! worth every cent! very very enjoyable!Published 16 months ago by brandon d baur
Hear the Master of Middle Earth read his own stories. The audio is so poor and often done in such haste that it detracts from the enjoyment. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BONIFACE J JACOBS
I was spell bound by this audio collection. It adds a completely different dimension to the written word. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by JAMES WILLIS
I enjoyed these (and others, also not available any longer) on LP from my public library when I was a child, and they're every bit as entertaining now as then.Published on May 25, 2014 by Kallipolis Rex
It was rather inspiring to hear the actual voice of Tolkien as he read his own material. Problem was that he was difficult to understand at times. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by A.K. Frailey
When I was a child, I checked these recordings as audio tapes from our local library, listening constantly and memorizing passages in Tolkien's own voice. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by MS Mom