Noted author and Middle-earth creator J.R.R. Tolkien passed away back in 1973 – far too early to see how his epic fantasy saga would captivate film audiences around the globe. One of the most interesting things about Tolkien--and there are many--is that while an entire generation of fantasy fans adore his work, most of them haven’t even heard the man speak.
That will change later this year.
Tolkien attended what was called a “Hobbit dinner” in the Netherlands way back in 1958. Someone recorded the audio of the event, which found the writer talking about his work, reading poetry in Elvish, and just generally holding court amongst an appreciative audience.
The recording disappeared, and was presumed lost for the ages, until Jay Johnstone (cofounder of the website Legendarium.me) figured out it was in the hands of a megafan. Johnstone used his persuasive powers to convince the man who owned the tape to share it with the world – and that will happen later this year, after the audio has been remastered to make it sound better than it currently does.
However, if you can’t wait for that day to get here, you can check out this brief audio clip from the original tape below. Hearing Tolkien speak about his work is sure to delight a new generation of fans – including those who started out exploring the rich landscape of Middle-earth through Peter Jackson’s films.
No word yet on when the remastered version will be released, but we’ll keep you posted.
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