To celebrate this year’s Tolkien Reading Day theme of ‘Hope and Courage’, the Tolkien Society and the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow are excited to release the second of three extracts from Tolkien’s writings. In this extract, which comes from The Silmarillion, Lúthien dares to enchant Morgoth himself. Accompanying the extract are a collection of readings in a diverse range of languages that have been lovingly created by members of the Society and Centre.
We are grateful to the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins for permission to share this extract and videos. The videos will remain live until just after the end of Tolkien Reading Day (25th March 2021). We are also immensely grateful to our amazing volunteers: Tolkien Society members, as well as students and staff from the Centre, who took the time to record our chosen extracts in French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese! Keep an eye on this blog for the extract from The Lord of the Rings tomorrow (Wednesday 24th), and you can also check yesterday’s extract and readings from The Hobbit here.
On Tolkien Reading Day itself (Thursday 25th March), don’t forget to join us and our special guests for one of our three live webinars, to share your own reading from Tolkien and discuss how his work inspires hope and courage! Here are the links to book:
Meanwhile, the Society and the Centre will be posting about this extract on their social media profiles and you can join in by visiting the Society’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or the Centre’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share your reactions to the extracts using the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay2021.
The Silmarillion ‘Hope and Courage’ Extract and Readings
Download and read the extract from The Silmarillion here:
Silmarillion Extract (Word document)
Silmarillion Extract (PDF document)
[These extracts are no longer available to download because the permission from the Tolkien Estate has now expired]
Below are the readings that you can watch and listen to at your own pleasure.
[These video recordings are no longer available to watch because the permission from the Tolkien Estate has now expired]