Essential Tolkien CD: The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring

Essential Tolkien CD: The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago

With 29 ratings

By: J. R. R. Tolkien

Purchased At: $7.88 (7 used & new offers)

J.R.R. Tolkien, in this extraordinary, historically important recording, leads listeners with prose, poems, and songs into the fantastic world of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring.

This audio is based on a tape that Tolkien made for his friends in August 1952. He had been working on The Lord of the Rings for more than fourteen years by then and had almost given up hope of ever seeing it in print. But making this recording reassured him of his talent and prompted him to send his manuscripts to a former pupil who had become a publisher. The result was one of the most popular and influential series of novels of the 20th century!

This recording includes the poem "The Mirror of Galadriel," originally meant for inclusion in Book Two of The Fellowship of the Ring.

He's a bit above my likes and dislikes, if you take my meaning.

- ayden_foster

My first exposure to Tolkien was my mother reading The Hobbit to me and my sister. I have since read everything I could get my hands on of his, so when I found this cd on amazon I was psyched! I threw the disc into my laptop as soon as it arrived and fired up iTunes, and I was not disappointed. It brings a real connection to the man to hear his voice. I specialize in studying diction and paralanguage, and it really adds another layer for the true geek to hear how Tolkien adds emphasis, de-emphasis, pauses, and phrasing to the beloved tales. It really enhanced the experience to me and increased my understanding of how he constructed his worlds, languages, and characters.

- bruce_walker

Years ago, I had the original LPs of the readings (and still have them), so I was very surprised that when browsing Amazon, I found this. It was an instant buy.

Highly recommend if you are a fan. To here JRR speaking the poems and passages from his books is amazing. He has this rich deep voice.

Buy this now!

- benson_kelly

IF you have been longing for the Tolkien collection but thought it was too expencive, here's a less expencive version which will provide you about as much as you could want. the exserpt about Gollum is here, thus making your listening more pleasurable. If you're a gollum fan as I am. You'll enjoy this one and the quality is nothing to sneze at my precious.

- joanna_torres

For any Tolkien fan out there this is a must have. Nothing beats hearing the author performing his own work.

- bria_lee

Great, however, they are just excerpts and not full stories.

- brett_carter

Love to hear the voice of the genius behind the books. CD in perfect condition, arrived ultra fast.

- kane_phillips

fun hearing the author read excerpts and he was a very good reader.

- alonso_hall

I am a die hard fan of Tolkien, so when I found this I had to have it. It arrived in a nice package and on the estimated time. It was a very good buy.

- jacoby_wood

listening to Tolkien's voice reciting his works is inspiring and insightful - too bad there are few recordings of him.

- damian_jackson

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