Readings

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Linguaphone Conversational Course English. 1930 (without the books)

Linguaphone Coversational Course English Complete incl. 3 booklets see christina Scull and Wayne Hammond's J.R.R. TOLKIEN Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide on page 882. The oldest recording of Tolkien, made in June 1930 Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien speaks at the Twentieth Lesson - "At the Tobacconist's" and the Thirtieth Lesson - "Wireless".

Here is a rare and absolutely special plywood box covered with black cloth, it measures 27,5 x 27.5 x 6.8 cm and consists of fifteen 78 rpm LP's.


The fifteen Records are in brown paper jackets on which advertisements for other Linguaphone courses are printed. The printings alternate black and red.

On the records we can read:
English Lesson 20 AT THE TOBACCONIST'S / Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien Prof.A. Lloyd James
English Lesson 30 WIRELESS / Prof. A.Lloyd James Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien

Tolkien received an invitation,which no doubts he gladly accepted, for he could use the money. He reads the introduction to lesson 20 "At the Tobacconist" and plays the shopowner in de following dialogue with Lloys James as the customer. In Lesson 30 "Wireless" Tolkien plays the part of the proud owner of a radio set who explains to a visitor (Lloyd James again) how great this invention is (somewhat untypical Tolkien...)

Antiquarian: records are in fine condition, the box is rubbed. Course booklets are missing.*

J.R.R. Tolkien reads The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth

Christopher Tolkien reads Beorhtnoth's Death and Ofermod

The cd-r is introduced by Christopher Tolkien. A nice recording Tokien made in his study of the Medieval poem. He makes his own sound effects (and you can hear a car going through the street...)

Poems and Songs of Middle-earth

Caedmon, 1967

LP on which Tolkien reads from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and on the B side sings bariton William Elvin the songcycle The Road Goes Ever On zingt. On the sleeve the painting "Mordor" by Pauline Baynes. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

J.R.R. Tolkien Reads Excerpts from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

HarperCollins, 1999

Two cassettes on which Tolkien read pieces from his work. Contains also Poems and Songs of Middle-earth. On the sleeve 'Gandalf' by John Howe.*

JRR Tolkien Audio Collection

Caedmon, 1992. Cassette with 4 cassettes on which Tolkien reads pieces from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and Christopher from The Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien, Of the Darkening of Valinor and Of the Flight of the Noldor. Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Essential Tolkien cd

J.R.R. Tolkien, in this extraordinary, historically important recording, leads listeners with prose, poems, and songs into the fantastic world of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring.

This audio is based on a tape that Tolkien made for his friends in August 1952. He had been working on The Lord of the Rings for more than fourteen years by then and had almost given up hope of ever seeing it in print. But making this recording reassured him of his talent and prompted him to send his manuscripts to a former pupil who had become a publisher. The result was one of the most popular and influential series of novels of the 20th century!

This recording includes the poem "The Mirror of Galadriel," originally meant for inclusion in Book Two of The Fellowship of the Ring. *

Jackanory´s reading of The Hobbit

BBC, 2014. 2 cd set. Broadcast to mark the 3000th programme of the much-loved children´s series Jackanory, The Hobbit was transmitted over two weeks and 10 episodes in 1979. Read by the presenters of the show.*

The Hobbit, read by Martin Shaw (cd)

HarperCollins, 2000

Abridged. On 5 cd's. About 6 hours.

The Hobbit, read by Nicol Williamson

Originally released on 4 LP's in the Seventies, this is a reissue on 4 cd-r.

The Hobbit, read in full by Rob Inglis (UK)

HarperCollins Audio Books, 2002. Unabridged reading of the book on 10 cd's, about 12 hours long. In a jewelcase, decorated by Alan Lee.*

The Fellowship of the Ring - Rob Inglis

HarperCollins Audio Books, 2001

Complete reading on 14 cassettes in a slipcase decorated by Alan Lee. About 19 hours.*

The Fellowship of the Ring, read by Rob Inglis

HarperCollins. Boxed set of 16 cd's, about 18 hours long. Cover by Alan Lee.*

The Two Towers, read by Rob Inglis

HarperCollins. Boxed set of 14 cd's, about 18 hours long. Cover by Alan Lee.*

The Return of the KIng, read by Rob Inglis

HarperCollins. Boxed set of 16 cd's, about 18 hours long. Cover by Alan Lee.*

Of the Valar and Valinor before the Darkening, read by Martin Shaw

HarperCollins, 1998

Two cassettes on which Shaw reads these chapters from The Silmarillion. About 3 hours. Cover by Ted Nasmith.*

Of Elves and Men in Middle-earth, read by Martin Shaw

HarperCollins, 1998

Two cassettes on which Shaw reads these chapters from The Silmarillion. About 3 hours. Cover by Ted Nasmith.*

Of the Fall of Númenor and the Rings of Power, read byr Shaw

HarperCollins, 1998

Two cassettes on which Shaw reads these chapters from The Silmarillion. About 3 hours. Cover by Ted Nasmith.*

Of the Valar en Of Elves read by Martin Shaw on cd

BDD, 1998

The four cassettes of Of the Valar and Valinor before the Darkening and Of Elves and Men in Middle-earth on cd. Cover by Ted Nasmith.

The Silmarillion Giftpack, read by Martin Shaw (cassettes)

HarperCollins, 1998

The Silmarillion read in full on 10 cassettes. About 15 hours. In a slipcase. Cover by Ted Nasmith.

The Silmarillion Giftpack, read by Martin Shaw (cd)

BDD, 1998

The Silmarillion read in full by actor Martin Shaw. On 13 cd's in a box. Covers by Ted Nasmith. With a bookklet and a map of Beleriand and the Lands of the North.*

The Silmarillion Giftpack, read by Shaw (HarperCollins)

HarperCollins, 2001

The Silmarillion read in full on 13 cd's. In a slipcase. Covers by Ted Nasmith.

Letters from Father Christmas, read by Derek Jacobi

HarperCollins, 1997

On 2 cassettes. Cover by Tolkien.

Letters from Father Christmas, read by Derek Jacobi (CD's)

HarperCollins, 2005

On 2 cd's. Cover by Tolkien.*

Mr. Bliss, read by Derek Jacobi

HarperCollins, 2011. Cd. Cover by Tolkien.

A brand new audio edition of the children’s story, written and illustrated by the author of The Hobbit and Letters from father Christmas, read by Sir Derek Jacobi. Read in full. Length: 43 mintues.*

Roverandom, read by Derek Jacobi

HarperCollins, 1998

On 2 cassettes. Aoubt 2.5 hours.

Farmer Giles of Ham, read by Derek Jacobi

HarperCollins, 1999

On 2 cassettes reads Jacobi Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major and Leaf by Niggle. About 3 hours. Cover by Pauline Baynes.

The Tolkien Treasury

Smith of Wootton Major, Leaf by Niggle, Roverandom, Farmer Giles of Ham, Letters from Father Christmas

HarperCollins, 2005. Slipcase, decorated by Pauline Baynes, containing 8 cd's. Read by Derek Jacobi.*

The Spoken Word: British Writers

British Library, 2008. 3 cd's. Features around 30 writers who talk about their lives and work. This title includes historic recordings of the first generation of writers whose voices survive through to senior figures of the present day including Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming and Harold Pinter. Includes a summary of the interview Tolkien had with Denis Gueroult in 1965.*

Facets of Lewis

The Inklings Archives 1

Recording of the talks given at Church House, Westminster, England on 2nd March 1977, to mark the publication of The Dark Tower and Other Stories. Speakers are Walter Hooper (one of Lewis' literary trustees), Owen Barfield (fellow Inkling), Donald Swann (musician and composer) who talks about and plays extracts from his opera Perelandra and Robert Eddison, who is an actor who reads extracts from Lewis' writings. Cd-r.

Facets of Tolkien

The Inklings Archive 2

Recording on cd-r of the talks given at the Church House, Westminster, England on 16th September 1977, to mark the publication of The Silmarillion. Speakers are Priscilla Tolkien and Humphrey Carpenter (Tolkien's biographer). Also on the cd the talk given by Rayner Unwin (Tolkien's publisher) at a meeting on 3rd October 1980 to mark the publication of Unfinished Tales.

Facets of Tolkien: Tom Shippey

The Inklings Archive 4

Cd-r with a talk by Tom Shippey, given on 30th September 1982 at the Church House Bookshop, Westminster, England, about the concept of the 'righteous pagan' in Tolkien. (31 minutes). Also a talk by Rolland Hein, author of The Harmony Within: the Spiritual Vision of George MacDonald, on MacDonald (42 minutes).