This is amazing. I do love getting to hear Tolkien read his own work, it’s somehow far better than just reading it (which is wonderful in itself). I do love hearing an author read their own work though, somehow it just makes the world itself come more alive and brightens all the details. And his Gollum here is just excellent. If you’ve got about 10 minutes, check out the blog & take a listen!∗
Back in April I shared audio of J.R.R. Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings. This rare treat was thanks to the Professor’s enjoyment of recording personal readings of his work on some of the first home-use tape recorders after being introduced to them by a friend in 1952.
These short stretches of audio are wonderful, capturing the particulars of the speech and dialects he created for his stories. You really get to hear the sound and roll of language that was so important to Tolkien both professionally and personally as a professor of language and literature. And coming from an age when author readings were rarely recorded, they are double treasures without question.
With that in mind, I am very pleased to share another audio clip of J.R.R reading his work. This time, the subject is a passage from Riddles in the Dark, the fifth chapter…
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