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What could be more apropos than hiring the face of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings to read Tolkien's newly complete version of these pre-Rings tales? Christopher Lee, the British actor beloved for his role in Peter Jackson's trilogy as well as his numerous turns in Hammer fright films, reads Tolkien's Rings precursor as if still in full makeup. Booming and vaguely menacing, Lee sounds like Sauron around the campfire, entertaining his minions with a tale of adventure and woe. Even Lee cannot sound entirely convincing bellowing some of Tolkien's invented languages, but his reading is suitably ominous. Tolkien's son, Christopher, who edited his father's book, also contributes a preface and introduction he reads himself. His voice—phlegmy and rough—provides a taste of what it might have sounded like had the author himself been available to read his own work.
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"Deserves to eclipse all his other posthumous writings, and stand as a worthy memorial to the imagination of Tolkien" The Times "I hope that its universality and power will grant it a place in English mythology" Independent on Sunday "The darkest of all Tolkien's tales. Alan Lee's illustrations complement the writing splendidly" Times Literary SupplementSee all Product Description
If you're an avid Tolkien fan, think Silmarillion, not Lord of the Rings.Published 4 months ago by Nic
Great book to give you more details of the races of men and elves. Quick read too!Published 7 months ago by Katherine
I would not qualify this work as his best but being the fan that I am, I enjoy it.Published 10 months ago by Camille Savoie
This is the first J.R.R. Tolkien's book in English that I'm reading and the quality still is the same, great book, great history. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ivo Pontes
Sometimes its a pain to find books in a book store but Amazon makes it easy to get those ones that you want.Published 21 months ago by robert hartl
This book is a must for all tolkien's fans. Fantastic universe, great story and the illustrations by Alan Lee are well done!Published on July 11 2013 by Samuel Proulx
Again we are made privy to additional background
The true scope of time and space is manifest as we grapple
with yet more of the history of Middle Earth
This book is a fascinating tale of a most tragic story. The story is told masterfully and easily comes alive with it's rich descriptions. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2011 by AN