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From the Vinyl Vault: Tolkien Reads and Sings!


Book cover  from The Hobbit

(Image: General Research Division, The New York Public Library. "The hobbit" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1926 - 1947.)

In addition to being a great writer, linguist and poet, Tolkien takes to the microphone to read and sing selections from his most famous works. After his death, his son Christopher carried on the tradition and recited excerpts from his father’s work.

Hear the language, music and characterizations directly from the author’s mouth and revel in these obscure delights from Middle Earth.

Poems and Songs of Middle Earth

The Hobbit

The Silmarillion of Beren and Lúthien

J. R. R. Tolkien reads and sings his The hobbit and The fellowship of the ring

Learn more about J. R. R. Tolkien: 

J. R. R. Tolkien: architect of Middle Earth: a biography by Daniel Grotta-Kurska

The letters of J.R.R. Tolkien selected and edited by Humphrey Carpenter, with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien in Literature Online