The Lord of the Rings to read Tolkien's newly complete version of these pre-
 

The Children of Hrin

J. R. R. Tolkien, Author, Christopher Lee, Read by, Christopher Tolkien, Read by
J. R. R. Tolkien, Author, Christopher Lee, Read by, Christopher Tolkien, Read by , read by Christopher Lee. HarperAudio UK/Trafalgar Sq. $49.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-00-726345-5
Reviewed on: 02/25/2008
Release date: 11/01/2007

What could be more apropos than hiring the face of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings to read Tolkien's newly complete version of these pre-Rings tales? Christopher Lee, the British actor beloved for his role in Peter Jackson's trilogy as well as his numerous turns in Hammer fright films, reads Tolkien's Rings precursor as if still in full makeup. Booming and vaguely menacing, Lee sounds like Sauron around the campfire, entertaining his minions with a tale of adventure and woe. Even Lee cannot sound entirely convincing bellowing some of Tolkien's invented languages, but his reading is suitably ominous. Tolkien's son, Christopher, who edited his father's book, also contributes a preface and introduction he reads himself. His voice—phlegmy and rough—provides a taste of what it might have sounded like had the author himself been available to read his own work. Simultaneous release with the Houghton Mifflin hardcover (reviewed online). (Dec.)

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