Okay, okay. Yes. I know. It's Thursday. And I'm supposed to post. I forgot. So here is something to entertain you until next week when I'll get my act together.
Oh, and Happy New Year.
Published on Sep 20, 2012
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.
I've never thought about the way Tolkien's voice might've sounded, but this recording really meets my expectation of the erudite, posh, extremely imaginative Brit he was. Oh that I could have attended one of his readings in person!