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The Hobbit for Halloween: signup!

Happy October, everyone!

Today I'm extending an invitation to you all: read aloud a few lines from The Hobbit for the world to enjoy. All ages, voices, and accents welcome. It'll be a Halloween audio project like the ones we've done before--click here and scroll down for examples, which you can listen to as you wish. (I re-listened to them lately, and they are so cool.)

As you can see on that page, in past years our brave band of volunteers has read aloud from Poe's "The Raven," Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and Stoker's Dracula. With the first film installment of The Hobbit coming up this December, I thought our 2012 Halloween selection could be a spooky piece from Tolkien's novel. Likely it will be about Smaug, the dragon, roaring out of his mountain and torching everything with intent to kill, but excerpt selection may depend on final number of volunteers.

So please do volunteer! All you need is a voice and a way to record the lines and send them to me. Your part will be short and manageable, probably only a sentence or two. We love including kids, grandparents, roommates, whoever you've got around. Don't worry about the quality of your voice or accent. I'll let you in on a secret: nearly everyone dislikes their own voice and/or accent. What makes these projects cool is the variety of voices coming together on one literary passage.

Simply comment here (or email me) with the number of volunteers your household is providing, and I'll get you on the list and send you your lines soon. Signup deadline is one week from today: October 10. And obviously I'd like the lines recorded before Halloween (Oct. 31).

Thank you, and I'm looking forward to hearing what you've got!

Comments

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mollyringle
Oct. 4th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
Excellent choice, sir. :) Thanks!
Emily Eichhorn
Oct. 4th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I got 1, but would love to help
mollyringle
Oct. 5th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks! Lines to come next week.
mollyringle
Oct. 10th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hi! Just sent lines and info to you as a private message on LJ. Email me if you didn't get it. (writerofirony at earthlink dot net) Thanks!
tallfemalemanta
Oct. 5th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Hi Molly -- there's just one of me but I'd like to help! :)
mollyringle
Oct. 5th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Super! Thank you. Lines to come next week.
mollyringle
Oct. 10th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hiya,

Your lines are...

A whirring noise was heard. A red light touched the points of standing rocks. The dragon came.


Please record those in a relatively common digital format and email the file back to me, sometime before Oct. 27. (writerofirony at earthlink dot net) That should give me enough time to stitch it all together.

The excerpt, should you wish to read more for proper context, is from Ch. XXII of The Hobbit ("Inside Information").

Thank you for your help! Should sound quite cool when we're done.

Molly

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mollyringle
Oct. 9th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Got you on the list! Thank you. Lines coming soon.
mollyringle
Oct. 10th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hiya,

Your lines are...

Flickering fires leaped up and black rock- shadows danced. Then darkness fell as he passed again. The ponies screamed with terror, burst their ropes and galloped wildly off.


Please record those in a relatively common digital format and email the file back to me, sometime before Oct. 27. (writerofirony at earthlink dot net) That should give me enough time to stitch it all together.

The excerpt, should you wish to read more for proper context, is from Ch. XXII of The Hobbit ("Inside Information").

Thank you for your help! Should sound quite cool when we're done.

Molly
mollyringle
Oct. 29th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Last call for lines! I can fill in with a pinch hitter if you can't do this one. Thanks!
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mollyringle
Oct. 30th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
No problem! I have some extra volunteers. Hope you feel better soon!
mikailborg
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh, no! How did I miss this post? Crazy life.

Well, I still look forward to the results :)
mollyringle
Oct. 29th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Do you want a last-minute line? I do have some open spots as it turns out. It would just have to be recorded and emailed to me within a day or so. Say the word!
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