Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

I have made the case before that Nicol Williamson's recording of The Hobbit should be re-issued on CD. I've owned the Argus set since it came out and last year transferred the recording from my LPs to CD, but that is an inadequate substitute. The recording is a remarkable achievement.

From The Inklings:
...This rare, eight-side version of 'The Hobbit' is one of the great spoken-word recordings of the past fifty years and a must-have for all lovers of Tolkien's classic.

An anonymous reader/reviewer at Amazon's UK site wrote,
My favourite version is read by Nicol Williamson - This recording is one of the few actually authorised by Professor Tolkien. The story is well edited and Nicol Williamson's narration is brilliant. The accents he uses for the various characters are perfect: Bilbo is from the West Country; the spiders are Irish; Gollum is Welsh; and so on. The edition is a bit difficult to track down now — I wish someone would re-release it.

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