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Tolkien talks about The Hobbit


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Tolkien 1971 BBC Interview

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Christopher Tolkien reads a letter to him from father


Download - Tolkien reads The One Ring (51 seconds, 680kb, MP3)

'I cannot read the fiery letters,' said Frodo in a quavering voice.

'No,' said Gandalf, 'but I can. The letters are Elvish, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter here. But this is the Common Tongue is what is said, close enough:

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

It is only two lines of a verse long known in Elven-lore:

Ring-verse manuscript - 65kb

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.


Download - the art of language...Tolkien speaks Elvish!! (47 seconds, 377kb)

Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen!
Yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron,
yéni ve lintë yuldar vánier
mi oromardi lisse-miruvóreva
Andúnë pella Vardo tellumar
nu luini yassen tinitilar i eleni
ómaryo airetári-lirinen.

Si man i yulma nin enquantuva?

An si Tintallë Varda Oiolossëo
ve fanyar máryat Elentári ortanë,
ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë;
ar sindanoriello caita mornië
i falmalinnar imbe met, ar hisië
untúpa Calaciryo miri oialë.
Si vanwa ná, Rómello vanwa, Valimar!

Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar.
Nai elyë hiruva. Namárië!

Tolkien Drawings
a hobbit dwelling (73kb)
Rivendell, the Last Homely House (59kb)
Spring in Lorien (36kb)
Barad-dur (36kb)
Laketown (77kb)
Dunharrow (50kb)

Inscription (106kb)


Tolkien Quotes
"I think if a jinn came and gave me a wish -- what would you really like? -- I should reply: Nothing. Go away!"

"I have done some touches to my nonsense fairy language...it does seem such a mad hobby!"

"I am in fact a Hobbit, in all but size...I like gardens, trees...I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking..."

"My friends at school...called me John, or occasionally...J.R2."

Hmmmmmm "When is Vol. III [Return of the King] likely now to appear? I shall be murdered if something does not happen soon."

"To ask if the Orcs 'are' Communists is to me as sensible as asking if Communists are Orcs."

"Do you think Shelob is a good name for a monstrous spider creature?...it seems to be quite noisome..."

"I have always found cricket a bore: chiefly, though, because I was not good at it."

"Remember your guardian angel. Not a plump lady with swan-wings!"

"I met the Lúthien Tinúviel of my own personal 'romance' with her long dark hair, fair face and starry eyes, and beautiful voice..."

"I do not dislike spiders particulary, and have no urge to kill them. I usually rescue those whom I find in the bath!"
Reflection
Everyone can write. Everyone can create. But how many "writers" are there who are also professional philologists and linguists and well-learned scholars, and are talented in words to have understood several languages, modern and ancient, and have created many languages that actually work, and also possess enormous background knowledge of the world literature and the wisdom of the world, and have written highly complicated poems of high standard, and even have painted his own imagination on papers himself ?

There is only one person so far who has such rare combination of talents:

J.R.R. Tolkien








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