J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit

I read Tolkien’s “Canon”, that is, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, every year about Christmas. So also this year.

I recently got access to the new audiobook recording of The Hobbit, read by Andy Serkis. I have listened through The Hobbit many times before, but then usually the version read by Rob Inglis. While Inglis is still my favorite, Serkis does an excellent job, and of course, his top performance is Gollum. I have read this book perhaps 35-40 times over the last 25 years. I think I never have realized how abolute completely desperate and  crushed Gollum is when he realizes that his precious ring is gone. Also, Serkis’ Bilbo and Gandalf are great.

I’ reccomend this recording as a good alternative to Inglis’ version, just for the Gollum part alone.

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