Main — A Tolkien Experience

Tomor­row marks the 75th anniver­sary of pub­li­ca­tion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hob­bit.

Tolkien, as a pro­fes­sor of Anglo Sax­on at Oxford, and an enthu­si­ast of lan­guages in gen­er­al, had long made up poems and sto­ries as some­thing of a hob­by. He would lat­er spin these sto­ries into enter­tain­ment for his chil­dren. The Hob­bit orig­i­nal­ly start­ed life as a bed­time sto­ry for Tolkien’s chil­dren which he then expand­ed into a man­u­script and showed to sev­er­al friends for com­ment. A favourable review from the son of Stan­ley Unwin set­tled the deci­sion for Allen & Unwin to pub­lish the book. Imme­di­ate­ly a suc­cess and into a sec­ond print­ing with­in 3 months, Unwin lat­er pushed Tolkien for a sequel. After many false starts, and innu­mer­able rewrites Tolkien final­ly deliv­ered his sequel some 16 years lat­er titled The Lord of the Rings. This book would go on to change the pub­lish­ing world for­ev­er.

Today’s main pro­gramme fea­tures the music of Tolkien. Sound­tracks from the Bak­shi and Jack­son movies, music from the BBC radio play, music inspired by Tolkien’s books, music from the stage play, and even record­ings of Tolkien read­ing excerpts from his work. Let’s just say it goes all over the place.

Put on the ket­tle, set­tle in with a sec­ond break­fast and a nice full pipe. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Edward Pearse. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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