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For the first time on CD J R R Tolkien's novella about the adventures of a bewitched toy dog. While on holiday in 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach at Filey in Yorkshire. To console him, his father, J.R.R.Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, went through several drafts over the years. Now, many years on, the adventures of Rover -- or, for reasons that become clear in the story, 'Roverandom' -- are published on CD the first time.
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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.From AudioFile:
Tolkien originally created the tale of ROVERANDOM in 1925 to soothe his son, Michael, after the child lost his toy dog while on vacation. It is the story is of a real dog, Rover, who is turned into a toy by a wizard. Seventy-five years later, the playful vibrance of this supernatural adventure is still new and wonderous for all Tolkein lovers, and by all lovers of masterful storytelling. Derek Jacobi delves into his narration with infectious energy. His character voices are sometimes silly but always somehow appropriate for the bizarre creatures Tolkien has created. ROVERANDOM is a great family collectible. R.A.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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