It was the custom of Tolkien, CS Lewis and their fellow “Inklings” to read extracts from work in progress over foaming pints in the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford. One evening, as Tolkien launched into yet another chapter from The Lord of the Rings, a fellow member of the circle, Hugo Dyson, was audibly heard to groan: “Oh no! Not another elf!” It is a feeling likely to be shared by all but the most fanatical of sword and sorcery fans, as this musical version of the Middle Earth epic wends its often weary way, finally clocking in at just under four hours. [More]