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JRR Tolkien himself put it best in The Fellowship of the Ring. "There is a seed of courage hidden (often deeply, it is true) in the heart of the fattest and most timid hobbit, waiting for some final and desperate danger to make it grow."

Sometimes, though, things hidden can make an appearance in less perilous circumstances. Luckily for all of us, this is the case with a newly revealed audio recording of Tolkien discussing the Lord of the Rings, way back in 1958.

You can check it out below:

The best part - hearing the legendary author speak aside - is that the recording, from a 'Hobbit Dinner' in the Netherlands, was actually discovered back in 1993. Its rescuer, though, Dutchman René van Rossenberg, decided to keep it to himself. As he puts it: "Like Smaug I am guarding my treasure, hissing at any collector who comes near."

The full recording is the process of being remastered, and if you want to find out more about its eventual release, you can sign up to a mailing list here.

The question is - what will he reveal on the recording? Let me know your thoughts below!


What will Tolkien reveal on the recording?



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