Tolkien fans are up in arms from excitement and frustration because of a 1958 recording of the man explaining the Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien attended a “Hobbit Dinner” in the Netherlands, an event set up by Tolkien’s Dutch publisher, where 200 fans could hear their favorite author speak. And speak he did, explaining the meaning of his most famous work, reciting a poem in Elvish, and more. And for the first time, you’ll be able to hear him too.

Tolkien’s speech was recorded and subsequently lost. But co-founder Jay Johnstone somehow figured out the recording existed and was being hidden away by A Dutch Tolkien fan and Lord-of the Rings-themed shop owner named René van Rossenberg. Johnstone convinced van Rossenberg to let the world hear Tolkien’s thoughts on his epic fantasy later this year, after its been remastered.

Happily, there is a very brief preview of the recording:

We must admit that the level of ‘sensationalism’ that’s been given this recording is a bit ridiculous. A teaser video gets made and released whereby we have to sign-up to be notified when the actual recording is ready? Really?

Either way, we are still pretty excited ourselves to hear this recording.

[Source: Unheard J.R.R. Tolkien Recording Found]