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  Rare recording of Tolkien reading LOTR found
Updated 08 May 2003, 11.15
JRR Tolkien
A very rare recording of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has been found by a library.

On the recording, Tolkien reads from the first book in the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship Of The Ring.

Fact File
Tolkien titbits
Tolkien is pronounced toll-keen
Tolkien created Middle-earth as a world for his invented languages
One language was based on Finnish
He was a very religious Catholic
He never owned a television
Tolkien liked the comedy act The Marx Brothers

He also reads in elvish, one of the languages he created for Middle Earth.

The treasured recording of Tolkien was discovered deep in the British Library's vaults with other recordings from famous writers.

Most of them have lain undiscovered for many, many years.

Now the unheard readings are to be put onto CDs.

The British Library has loads of archives of sound recordings as well as the thousands of books.

Some of the sound collections are so old, they are stored on ancient wax cylinders.

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