Long-lost, 1958 recording of Tolkien explaining Lord of the Rings has been unearthed

It’s taken more than 50 years, but a long-lost recording of J.R.R. Tolkien actually breaking down the true meaning of The Lord of the Rings has been recovered. Want to hear a piece of it?

The Huffington Post reports the mythical recording was made at the March 28, 1958, “Hobbit Dinner” in Rotterdam, at a party hosted by Tolkien's Dutch publisher and a bookseller. Approximately 200 fans packed the hall and listened to Tolkien crack wise and talk as candidly as ever about the trilogy that would eventually come to define his career and inspire fantasy writers for years to come.

Discovered by René van Rossenberg in 1993, the recording has been kept secret by the Tolkien expert until now. He has teamed up with Middle Earth Network to raise some money to remaster the reel-to-reel tape recording and raise awareness about its existence.

Aside from the obvious fact that it’s a “lost” recording of Tolkien talking shop, one of the buzziest findings from the recording is the portion in which the author digs into the real meaning behind the books and breaks it all out pretty succinctly. We don’t actually know what he says at this point, which is frustrating, but Rossenberg plans to release the recording at some point later this year.

Until then, they’ve released a tantalizing excerpt you can find below. So, what do you think we’ll find in the full recording?

(Via Huffington Post)

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