Monday, December 17, 2007

Tower of Anor

Sing now, ye people of the Tower of Anor,
for the Realm of Sauron is ended for ever,
and the Dark Tower is thrown down.

Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard,
for your watch hath not been in vain,
and the Black Gate is broken,
and your King hath passed through,
and he is victorious.

Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West,
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you
all the days of your life.

And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed,
and he shall plant it in the high places,
and the city shall be blessed.

Sing all ye people!
JRR Tolkien (from the Lord of the Rings)


Milton Stanley said...

". . . and the people sang in all the ways of the city."

Thirty of forty years ago a vinyl recording was sold of Prof. Tolkien reading this and other selections from the Lord of the Rings. Have you heard it, by chance? On this passage his voice is a little slurred and he sounds, frankly, like he'd spent a little too much time at The Prancing Pony. But the passage is still rousing and glorious. Thanks for the reminder.

Zach said...

Milton, where could you find something like that???? I'd love love to get hold of a recording. I have a cassette tape of C.S. Lewis giving a couple of lectures by radio broadcast in the 50's. Tolkien would be a great addition to have!

Milton Stanley said...

It's been 30 years since I came across the record (vinyl LP), but I'm pretty sure it was *JRR Tolkien Reads and Sings His The Lord of the Rings*. It's on sale right now at eBay, item number 320196595631.

Zach said...

Thanks! I'll definitely look into it. Someone has got to have published it in another format by now?

Zach said...

Here you go:

Tolkien sings!