J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion: Of Beren and Luthien Read by Christopher Tolkien.
(Caedmon, 1977: TC 1564). The cover has Tolkien's map of Beleriand, colored by H. E. Riddett. The recording includes the greater part of Chapter 19 from the Silmarillion. Christopher Tolkien has a clear, deep, melodic voice and he did a fine job with the reading. However, in contrast to his father and other professional readers like Robert Inglis, Martin Shaw and Nicol Williamson, he does not impart sufficient emotional and dramatic tone to the reading. I felt like I was listening to someone reading it to himself. It is a shame that J. R. R. Tolkien did not record passages of the Silmarillion. Of all the readers, his informal production was the best. (I hope that this is not just another fan speaking.) His dramatic tone and accent was perfect. I imagined the Beowulf poet himself. The contents of this LP were later compiled in an audiotape set called The J. R. R. Tolkien Audio Collection (Caedmon, ISBN: 1-55994-675-X). Many were also included on a CD that came with the UK Millenium edition of The Lord of the Rings.
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