Today I thought I’d share another of my favourite parts of The Lord of the Rings in an audio recording.
The two excerpts I’ve chosen are from the first of the three volumes, The Fellowship of the Ring, and concern the great council held at the elven fortress of Rivendell on the 25th October in the 3018th year of the Third Age of Middle-earth; more commonly known as the Council of Elrond. Though there were many other topics discussed at this meeting of elves, dwarves and men, by far the most pertinent of these was the fate of the One Ring, which had been brought to Rivendell by the hobbit Frodo Baggins.
In the first of the excerpts, Boromir of Gondor tells the council of the prophetic dream which had led him on the long journey into the north to attend the council of which he knew not the purpose.
The second excerpt comes a little later on, when the ranger Strider reveals himself to be Aragorn, the heir of Isildur. The steward’s son Boromir is dubious of his claim. The ranger’s old friend Bilbo Baggins then steps forward in annoyance to recite a poem which is one of Tolkien’s most beloved and well-known pieces of verse.
The following is a recording of myself reading from one of my favourite parts of The Lord of the Rings.
The Departure of Boromir is, in my opinion, the saddest part of the whole trilogy. Those who haven’t read the books will perhaps not be entirely familiar with this beautiful and melancholic passage, which can be found in the first chapter of The Two Towers.
Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli come across Boromir, lying among the woods upon Amon Hen. The son of the steward has fallen to the hands of the cruel Uruk-hai in a valiant effort to protect his charges, the hobbits Merry and Pippin; the great horn he carried split in two. In their grief, the three place the fallen Boromir into a boat with his shield and horn and the swords of his enemies at his feet. Then follows Tolkien’s most elegaic poetry; the song of the three winds, which Aragorn and Legolas sing as they send their companion out on his final journey.
…and if you’ve been keeping up with the news and gossip surrounding the long-awaited film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s beloved first book, you should be too!
It’s no secret that I am a huge, huge fan of all things Lord of the Rings; the original Lord of the Rings novels, the film adaptations directed by the amazing Peter Jackson… even the MMO The Lord of the Rings Online. However, my first adventures in the lands of Middle-earth began a long time ago. Like many readers before and since, they began with a strange little man called Bilbo.
Here’s a simple test. Answer yes or no to the following questions.
1. Do you have a tendency to collect technically worthless objects?
2. Do you crave any kinds of food that could be described as ‘hearty’?
3. Do you live in or near places which include the words ‘borough’, ‘ham’, ‘bourne’, ‘shire’ and ‘bury’?
4. Have you ever eaten a family meal at a local public house?
5. And finally, does the above picture in any way resemble your mental image of the country in which you were born?