… or “Whatever happened to ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún’ audiobook?”
I confess that I have yet to acquire an audiobook for any of the Tolkien books currently available.
I’d like to listen to Rob Inglis’ narration for The Lord of the Rings, Martin Shaw’s recording for The Silmarillion and even Christopher Lee’s reading of The Children of Húrin.
Yet, back in 2009, when promotion was being made for the release of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, we got this promotional video on YouTube – clearly making reference to actor Brian Cox’s work on the forthcoming audiobook.
Just have a listen to some of his recordings here …
But the audiobook seems never to have been released.
Having Tolkien’s words retold with a heavy Scottish accent and with the interpretation and performance of Cox, is something I sorely miss. It’s not Middle-earth, but Norse sagas are as alluring as the author’s own fantasy world.
So where in the world is the audiobook to this work? Perhaps a lack of demand may have prevented the publishers/distributors, from releasing it.
A sad thing no doubt …
Which brings me to my next issue …
Even more beautiful than any of the Sigurd and Gudrún verses, is Tolkien’s Fall of Arthur. Yes, I’ve become obsessed with it (!) and I’d love to see an audiobook being developed for this work. 🙂
Considering he didn’t get a chance to fully display his prowess in the previous publication, I can totally see Brian Cox coming back to the project and bring to life an interpretation of the Arthurian poem.
Any chance this post could reach the ears of the Tolkien Estate and Harper Collins? 😉
If you’re like me and want these audiobooks now, help spread the word!