There are several editions of vinyl LP, cassette, and CD recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien reading from his works. Depending on the edition, these may include excerpts from:
- The Hobbit
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Mirror of Galadriel (a poem originally intended for inclusion in Book 2 of The Fellowship of the Ring)
- The Silmarillion (read by Christopher Tolkien)
- The Road Goes Ever On
- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Some of the CD editions available from Caedmon/HarperAudio include:
- Essential Tolkien (released November 6, 2007)
- The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection (released October 2, 2001, timed to coincide with final promotion for Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring). The HarperAudio site includes an author page about Tolkien, which has a timeline, link to an audio interview, and other links and press materials.
I gave away my copy of the Tolkien Audio Collection before I had a chance to scan or photograph the covers, so I don’t have images available at this time. See the HarperAudio site for images and additional details.
A single CD of Tolkien recordings was included with Houghton-Mifflin’s so-called “Millennium Edition” boxed set from the UK (released October 10, 1999). (The CD was not included with the US release.) This set divides The Lord of the Rings into the seven books of the original text: two volumes each for FOTR, TTT, and ROTK, and one volume for all of The Appendices.