Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Tolkien Audio? (Rotterdam speech)

So, imagine my surprise when tonight I checked out headlines on Huffington Post and found a piece about a new Tolkien release. And not THE BEOWULF, as it turns out, but his 1958 Rotterdam speech. Here's the link.

More on this once I've had a chance to find out details.

--John R.
today's song: "Hotel California"
today's reading: DARKER THAN YOU THINK (just finished), WHO FEARS THE DEVIL? (just finished), ADEPT'S GAMBIT (just started)


Wurmbrand said...

Thanks for this news!

Tolkien Scholars said...

So, what did you find out about this? All I can find is the short snippet on InfoWars. Was this all a hoax? While all the articles from 2014 still mention it, without any updates, all of the links to the full version are no longer valid. I notice that is also defunct. Correlative or causal?
Appreciate any insight you may have.

John D. Rateliff said...

Hi T.S.

Thanks for the reminder.

No, I don't have any more information on this. I'm assuming that the difficulties of augmenting the tape to improve its quality along with questions regarding the rights.

That said, I hope they are able to enhance the audio into something more listen-able and get permissions to make it available through the right forum.

Let me know if you find out more.

--John R.