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LOTR read by Tolkien?

LOTR read by Tolkien?

Postby Ellen B » 20 Apr 2007, 00:36

Hi folks! Don't know if questions about Tolkien's works are allowed here, so ignore it if it's improper. My question is this: is anyone aware of any complete recordings of Tolkien reading LOTR available for purchase? I have found what appears to be a selection of readings from various Tolkien works on tape sold by Harperaudio, but no mention of any complete recording. If anyone knows whether such a recording exists or if not, whether the harperaudio selection is worth having, please reply.

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Postby A#minor » 20 Apr 2007, 03:43

I shouldn't care to listen to Tolkien read anything! :lol: He mumbled terribly, so the history books say.
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Postby Stanley Anderson » 20 Apr 2007, 12:54

A#minor wrote:I shouldn't care to listen to Tolkien read anything! :lol: He mumbled terribly, so the history books say.


I have several records (yes those old 12 inch wide black things that you put on a turntable) of various readings from Tolkien's works, some read by Christopher Tolkien but one record has readings by JRR from the Hobbit on one side and FotR on the other.

It is quite nice -- you don't know what you are missing! Very rich and clear, not mumbling at all.

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…on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a fair green country under a swift sunrise.
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Postby A#minor » 20 Apr 2007, 13:56

I stand corrected. And jealous as well. What I wouldn't give to get my hands on those records! :wink:
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Postby Sven » 20 Apr 2007, 19:16

There is this available in CD:

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Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Tolkien recordings

Postby Ellen B » 20 Apr 2007, 20:36

Thanks Sven! I think I'll get it.

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Postby Larry W. » 22 Apr 2007, 00:03

I think C.S. Lewis's voice was much more pleasant to listen to. They were both great professors, but Lewis was the more gifted communicator. But I guess those who love Tolkien's books don't really mind if the man wasn't an orator. After hearing recordings of Lewis I think I think of what it would have been like to have been a student listening to him in one of his classes at the university. However, I love reading Tolkien as much as Lewis.

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