1965 BBC Interview

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1965 BBC Interview is a recorded interview with J.R.R. Tolkien on January 20, 1965, to be placed in the BBC's Recorded Programmes Permanent Library.[1]. The interview comprises a detailed discussion about The Lord of the Rings and whether Tolkien will be remembered for his fiction or his academic career.[2]

As a trial for this interview, Denys Gueroult had already made an informal recording of Tolkien in 1964 (see 1964 BBC Interview).


  1. The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology, p.627. Another source, The Spoken Word: British Writers, says the interview was recorded for the BBC Sound Archive and was not transmitted.
  2. Publishers' note to the The Spoken Word: British Writers.