Posted by Steve "Rifflo" Fitch on May 22, 2014
Lost Tolkien Tape Discovered

Lost Tolkien Tape Discovered

“This is a discovery of a lost treasure that was hidden away, but now we are preparing to share it with the world.”


Official Network Press Release:
Middle-earth Network and Legendarium Media are excited to announce to the world today that a lost audio recording of J.R.R. Tolkien has been discovered and is now being restored for release to the world.

A teaser video sampling some of the audio is now available to share this news.


More news will be released in the coming weeks and an additional sample of the audio will be aired live at an undisclosed time during the “Beowulf Launch Party” hosted by the Tolkien Society & Middle-earth Network. The “Beowulf Launch Party” is a live online fan and scholarly gathering celebrating the release of J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf.

Middle-earth Network founder John Di Bartolo says of the tape, “My eyes swelled with tears the first time I heard the tape. To be a Tolkien fan all my life and then to hear the professor’s voice from ‘beyond the Western Seas” was truly a dream come true. I know the recording will have a similar effect on Tolkien fans and scholars around the world. This recording has an important message for our time in it. We’re treating this project with the utmost respect and honor as wardens of this lost recording and poem.”


To tune into the Beowulf Launch Party and hear the sample of this lost Tolkien audio simply go to on Saturday May 24th.

To stay updated on news regarding the newly discovered Tolkien audio and when it will be released, you can join the mailing list here:

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15 Responses to “Lost Tolkien Tape Discovered”

  1. Jason Alan Phate says:

    Amazing… The historical significance of this is tremendous, cant wait to hear more!

  2. A true literary historical event!

  3. Avatar of Mark Mark says:

    Tape discovery is indeed real lol. For more details. He’s heard the entire tape.

  4. Avatar of knowfere says:

    Patience? Oh we’ll have none of that. Eagerly and excitedly awaiting!

  5. As if the professor has risen from the dead! :D

  6. Avatar of Kelly Orazi Kelly Orazi says:

    So very exciting and wonderful!

  7. Paul Neubauer says:

    I had a vinyl record of Tolkien reciting poems from middle earth, a friend threw it out. But obviously he was published and it’s a mystery why his voice recordings have disappeared.

  8. Avatar of Ron Newcomb Ron Newcomb says:

    What a great discovery! Way to go M-E Network!!

  9. colin says:

    I can’t help but find humorously ironic that the finders of some lost words recorded from a public address by the author of a story concerning covetous materialism are not immediately releasing a transcript. If Tolkien has resurrected by this lost recording recovered, the mythologist might also amuse that so to has the covetous power of his Ring.

  10. Avatar of John John says:

    Thanks to all responding positively to our work on bringing this amazing treasure to the world. Rest assured we are going to make this available to everyone and in a way that respects the wishes of the owner, Tolkien’s legacy and the satisfaction and enrichment of Tolkien fans and scholars. The naysayers and detractors are simply uninformed and frankly rather cynical.

  11. Like in the history of sweet finds, this is the sweetest. I literally just entered a time machine. God what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall at Oxford in the 50′s all nerded out with Tolkien and CS Lewis in their cool club. Le sigh… but my time is now.


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