Main — A Tolkien Experience

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Edward Pearse on Friday, 20 September, 2013

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.

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