Bard Of The Rings


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In the summer of 1952, sixty-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien encountered a tape recorder for the first time [and]…So enchanted was Tolkien with this novel technology that he proceeded to record himself reading much of his work over the years to come.

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(Image: The One Ring)


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9 thoughts on “Bard Of The Rings

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Those bloody poems. Those bloody songs. I tried to read Simarillion: pain in my fluffy numpkins.

    He sounds like TS Eliot reading The Journey of the Magi. It’s an accent you don’t really hear anymore.

    1. ahjayzis

      I actually adore the Silmarillion. I enjoyed it far more than LotR. It’s such a massive scale of storytelling in such a tinchy book. The trick is to not bother with the long lines of lineages etc.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        I think that’s where I got bogged down. Like the books of the Old Testament.

        1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

          Yep. I got lost in the ‘who begat who’ as well. And the names started to blur together.

          Will give it another bash though!

          1. ahjayzis

            I don’t know where you’re getting that from. Tuor and Huor and Turin and Hurin and Elron and Elrohir and Elladan and Earendil and Feanor and Finrod and Felagund and Finwe and Olwe and Elwe aren’t remotely similar ;)

      2. Nigel

        I also love the Silmarillion, but yeah, it took a few years to get past the creation myth opening.

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