J.R.R. Tolkien Reading One of His Poems in Elvish


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Shakespeare may sound better in the original Klingon, but The Fellowship of the Ring sounds better in Elvish. Here's a 1952 recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading "Namárië," an Elvish language poem that appeared in that book.

-via io9


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That's true. I remember citing Tolkien in a Beowulf paper in college. And I didn't do so because of his fame, but because him literary criticism was good.
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So many people know Tolkien only from the movies or from a sparse reading of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. There is so much depth to them because there was so much depth to Tolkien. The man was one of the greatest philologists of all time. He drew from an intimate knowledge of not only Latin, Old English, Norse, Welsh, Gaelic, and more but from their complete historical development. He set out to write a mythology for his beloved Britain and came at that mythology from all angles (pun intended). :)
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