A New Tolkien Discovery?

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.Tolkien (BBC)

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.

J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ In Unearthed Audio Recording

For more updates on this news, visit: Tolkien’s Lost Poem

4 thoughts on “A New Tolkien Discovery?

  1. Woah. :-0 Just got chills! Can’t wait to hear the whole thing. Hopefully some audio engineer can clean it up a bit, but even then, it will be awesome!

  2. The description of the recording has whet my appetite!! I’m sure the timing of the announcement was not an accident, but I’m just glad that this will be available. Have you read the Beowulf translation yet? My copy is on order.

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