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Hear Tolkien Read from The Lord of the Rings

This is wonderful. Thanks Kristen! Also, check out Maria Popova’s site: she includes links to Tolkien art and memorabilia.

Kristen Twardowski

Since Oxford Libraries recently announced a new book and exhibit about J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, now is the perfect opportunity to listen to some archival audio from him.

The clips here were first shared by Eugene F. Douglass Jr. along with Maria Popova from Brainpickings. According to lore, Tolkien initially recorded himself reading The Hobbit in 1952. He was on a vacation to Worcestershire, and he stayed with friend and colleague George Sayer. Commercially available tape recorders were still fairly new, and Sayer had recently acquired one. With nothing better to do, the pair spent some time playing with device. Tolkien was fascinated by it, and his interest led him to make several audio recordings over the years.

The recordings here are just a few of the ones that survive. The one at the top of the page…

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How to Throw the Ultimate Harry Potter Party: Food, Decorations, Games, and More!

I have to share this because I’ve never seen anyone do anything like this! Just fantastic, Vivian!

Vivian parkin Derosa

Hello everybody! Sorry for my mini Haitus, I was busy planning a huge party…My little sister just turned twelve, and so of course, a Harry Potter Party was in order. After creating a large Pinterest board, DIYing and buying decorations, creating a lot of food, and organizing some activities, I am positive we threw the Ultimate Harry Potter Party.

IMG_20170305_122718731 Here I am, Luna-Lovegooding it as Ravenclaw’s head of house!

We split the party-goers into the four houses, each adult was a head of house, and held a house-cup. All the different activities we did gave the houses a certain amount of points, and the house cup went to the house with the most points. Even kids who weren’t Harry Potter Fans became competitive and determined to win!

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Harry’s Bedroom


The party starts at the beginning of the book: We visit Harry’s bedroom.

If you have a ‘cupboard under the…

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