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‘Lord of the Rings’
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Native speaker
Accent: Northern Hesse
AuthorNaranoieati
Date: 7/12/2005

Description of what is on the sound file:
I am a native speaker of German, being born in the very south-west of Germany at the German-French-Swiss border. I grew up about 600km further north, in northern Hesse, though, having learnt a dialect of German that comes quite near to Standard Language. However, since this is just a reading-out of a text that is written in Standard German, of course I tried to read it out in German as I usually speak it in school.


Transcript of sound file:
ERSTES KAPITEL - EIN UNERWARTETES FEST

Als Herr Bilbo Beutlin von Beutelsend ankündigte, dass er seinen bevorstehenden einundelfzigsten Geburtstag mit einem rauschenden Fest zu feiern gedenke, begann in Hobbingen ein erregtes Getuschel.
Bilbo war sehr reich und sehr eigensinnig, und seit seinem auffälligen Verschwinden und seiner unerwarteten Rückkehr vor sechzig Jahren hatte man im Auenland nicht aufgehört, sich über ihn zu wundern. Um die Reichtümer, die er von seinen Reisen mitgebracht hatte, war längst eine Ortslegende entstanden: Was auch die älteren Leute dazu sagen mochten, die Jüngeren glaubten zu wissen, dass der Bühl von Beutelsend voller Stollen war, in denen Schätze gespeichert lagen. Und als ob der Gerüchte noch nicht genug wären, gab auch seine gar nicht altersgemäße Jugendfrische Grund zur Verwunderung. Die Jahre vergingen, aber Herrn Beutlin schienen sie nichts anhaben zu können. Als er neunundneunzig war, fing man an, davon zu reden, dass er sich gut gehalten habe; doch wäre die Feststellung, dass er sich gar nicht verändert hatte, der Wahrheit näher gekommen. Manche meinten kopfschüttelnd, dies alles sei wohl ein bisschen zuviel des Guten; irgendwie war es ungerecht, dass jemand, der sich schon einer (dem Augenschein nach) ewigen Jugend erfreute, auch noch ein (dem Vernehmen nach) unerschöpfliches Vermögen besaß.
,,Irgendwann wird er dafür bezahlen müssen``, sagten sie. ,,Das ist nicht natürlich und wird noch übel ausgehen!``


Translation:
THE LORD OF THE RINGS I
CHAPTER 1 - A LONG-EXPECTED PARTY

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar, and had been the wonder of the Shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unexpected return. The riches he had brought back from his travels had now become a local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure. And if that was not enough for fame, there was aalso his prolonged vigour to marvel at. Time wore on, but it seemed to have little effect on Mr. Baggins. At ninety he was much the same as at fifty. At ninety-nine they began to call him _well-preserved_; but _unchanged_ would have been nearer the mark. There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputedly) inexhaustible wealth.
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