What’s all this buzz about a recording Tolkien made which has resurfaced all of a sudden?
(… and just in time for the new book launch, here)
Long story short, it involves an unknown elvish poem recording, a dinner, Tolkien exhibiting his hobbit side and the Netherlands.
This lost tape (discovered by René van Rossenberg), allegedly contains an audio recording of a dinner event which took place in the land of tulips, windmills and wooden shoes; where Tolkien delivered a talk (bordering “hobbit fashion”, it seems) and even discussed the meaning behind The Lord of the Rings.
Personally, this sounds exciting indeed; but I’d rather wait until we get official confirmation that this is the real deal (and that a complete recording of the event actually exists).
Call me skeptical, but it seems a bit questionable why they would announce this after so many years (the discovery was made in 1993).
Nevertheless, it would be a truly astounding find and I’m eager to learn more about a possible release.
Middle-earth Network and Legendarium are supporting this discovery and will be updating us on future developments, as well as spear-heading a fundraiser in order to restore the recording.
Have a quick listen to it here (among the frying bacon in the background … 😉 )
In the meantime, as to the whole story behind this discovery, I’ll let others do the writing. Here’s an amazing in-depth article on how all this came about and some very interesting (and unknown) facts about our favourite author.
For more updates on this news, visit: Tolkien’s Lost Poem