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Tolkien Reads from The Hobbit
09-30-2015, 07:01 PM
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Tolkien Reads from The Hobbit

Tolkien Reads from The Hobbit in Rare Archival Audio from His First Encounter with a Tape Recorder

In August of 1952, having just finished the manuscript of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien took a vacation in Worcestershire, where he stayed with his friend George Sayer, an English Master at the local college. To entertain his guest one evening, Sayer pulled out an early portable tape recorder.

Although the technology had been around for some time, it was only just becoming commercially available and Tolkien hadn’t seen one before. Intrigued by how it worked, he joked that he “ought to cast out any devil that might be in it” by recording himself reading the Lord’s Prayer in his beloved ancient Gothic language. The result delighted him, and he went on to read from his own work.
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