J.R.R Tolkien

Version: Abridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: J.R.R. Tolkien , Christopher Tolkien
Genres: Short Stories
Publisher: Caedmon
Published In: October 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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For generations, J.R.R. Tolkien's words have brought to thrilling life a world of hobbits, magic, and historic myth, woken from its foggy slumber within our minds. Here, he tells the tales is his own voice.

Of historic note, these selections from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are based on a tape recording Tolkien made in 1952, which inspired him to continue his own quest to see his vision in print. Also included is a never-published poem, "The Mirror of Galadriel," originally intended for inclusion in the trilogy, yet edited out. And, finally, Tolkien's son, Christopher, reads selections from his father's The Silmarillion, the epic foundation upon which rests the whole of his work.

Reviews (3)

Very interesting!

Written by John Felicetti from Pelham, NY on October 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The sound quality of the first 2 disks was not very good, but how marvelous to hear parts of the trilogy in the author's voice! Also, I thought it fun that the early version of the Old Troll song (Troll sat alone on a seat of stone..." was slightly different than the published version (John, not Tom, for example). Very interesting.

Awsome, but requires attention

Written by Stanislao Esposito on April 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

For Tolkien's fans, this collection is simply awsome. The first two disks have JRR reading some of his writings. Just as his students say, his voice is very hard to understand especially when he does "the different voices." Still, it helped me to connect better with the author. The other two disks are Christopher's reading. His diction is much clearer. Truly Enjoyed it!

J.R.R. Tolkien

Written by Anonymous on January 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed the book but the sound quality was not very good and it jumped around and was a little hard to follow.

Author Details

Author Details

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shined in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called 'The Book of Lost Tales' but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.