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Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read from “The Hobbit”

From the YouTube description:

When Tolkien visited a friend in August of 1952 to retrieve a manuscript of The Lord of the Rings, he was shown a “tape recorder”. Having never seen one before, he asked how it worked and was then delighted to have his voice recorded and hear himself played back for the first time. His friend then asked him to read from The Hobbit, and Tolkien did so in this one incredible take.

Loving the Gollum voice…

[via Open Culture]

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1 Comment on Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read from “The Hobbit”

  1. I own a couple of different CD’s with Tolkien reading various selections on them and they are great fun. The Gollum sections are particularly stand out moments.

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