Jun 19, John Gardner rated it really liked it This book has been on my reading "wish list" since it came out a few years ago. I finally made time to read it, and I'm so glad I did! As Kreeft — a Roman Catholic theologian and a professor of philosophy at Boston University — points out in the introduction, The Lord of the Rings is widely considered the greatest book of the twentieth century, though not all literary critics agree.
Tolkien was discovered in a basement in Rotterdam, but the man who found it kept this important reel-to-reel tape hidden away. Until recently, only he had heard the recording. But now, I am one of those lucky Middle-earth lovers who has listened to this magical magnetic tape, and I happily declare that it is awesome.
For it proves once and for all that Professor Tolkien was, in fact, very much the hobbit that we all suspected him to be. What's more, we get to hear Tolkien reading a lost poem in the Elven tongue which he translates into English. And to top it off, he states in unambiguous terms cue Rohirrim war trumpets the real meaning of The Lord of the Rings!
Got chills yet Tolkien fans? Just wait until you hear it yourself. The recording took place on March 28th, in Rotterdam at a "Hobbit Dinner" put on by Tolkien's Dutch publisher and a bookseller.
Tolkien's own publisher, Allen and Unwin, paid for his trip to the Netherlands to attend this special party. According to his letters the author was chuffed to find that Rotterdam was filled with people "intoxicated with hobbits.
And a Dutch tobacco company supplied the tables with clay pipes and tobacco labeled Old Toby and Longbottom Leaf, which pleased Tolkien, a devotee of the "art" of smoking pipe-weed. Accounts of the event have been cobbled together over the years but, sadly, nobody bothered to transcribe exactly what Tolkien said.
Christopher Tolkien must have had some of his father's notes for his speech, because a brief passage from Tolkien's Hobbit Dinner oration appears in Humphrey Carpenter's biography, albeit in a slightly different form.
Thankfully we now know that someone had made a complete recording of the event. Why didn't van Rossenberg show it to anybody until now? Legendarium and the Tolkien site MiddleEarthNetwork.
Author of the Century, "but the Rotterdam Project is especially so. A speech from Tolkien, in the first years of his success with Lord of the Rings, when he was among friends, enjoying himself, and able to speak freely!
No doubt Tolkien had already imbibed a pint or two at his table by the time he made his way to the microphone to stand in front of the adoring crowd of Netherlanders.
I've studied many photos of Tolkien over the years, but this is absolutely one of my favorites. Look at the jaunty way he puts his right hand on his hip. The cheerful yet wry smile of a skilled speaker who knows how to work a crowd.
This is the kind of man you'd want to go inn-crawling with through the Shire or even Rotterdam. At the start of the speech Tolkien is indeed full of high-spirits and cracks jokes in a way that we've never heard him do before.
Rather than the ultra-serious Oxford don whom most of us know from his scanty recordings, we get Tolkien-as-Bilbo, right out of the chapter "A Long-expected Party. The author's merry voice, with its brusque and rich accent, dances around your head like a hobbit drinking song.Watch video · The main problem with a movie adaptation of J.R.R.
Tolkien's collection of appendices and short stories about Middle-Earth is that no movie studio actually owns the rights. As recounted extensively here and at other sources, Tokien's heirs own the rights to any material beyond "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," and they're not happy with what Jackson has done with the movies.
Aug 27, · The Fall of Gondolin, therefore, marks the end of an era. J.R.R. Tolkien once described it as “the first real story of this imaginary world.” For now, it is the last. For now, it is the last.
But as with mythologies, it’s only a matter of time until a new generation reconfigures the Middle-earth myths anew. rows · J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, set in Middle-earth, have . Entertainment Weekly reports that a new J.R.R.
Tolkien book called The Fall of Gondolin will debut this summer, and, like all of the author’s posthumous works, the . The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J.
R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger ashio-midori.comher: Allen & Unwin. Comparing the Arthurian Legends and J.R.R.
Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring - A Medieval Contest In comparing and contrasting the Arthurian Legends and J.R.R. Tolkiens book The Fellowship of the Ring, it is almost like a medieval contest between the two with many of the similarities coming from the customs of the Middle Ages.