Roverandom
J. R. R. Tolkien, Read by Derek Jacobi

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Narrated By: Derek Jacobi

Duration: 2 hours and 37 minutes

What to expect

Tolkien’s acclaimed modern classic ‘fairie’ tale, read by Derek Jacobi.

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 performed by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Genre

Classic fiction, Fantasy

Listen to a sample

‘This is an old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today… would leap to life when read aloud to a child’
Independent

‘Lord of the Rings buffs will enjoy picking out bits of Nordic mythology and will relish Tolkien’s fabulous sense of landscape’
The Times