The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)
by J. R. R. Tolkien
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A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.
I remember this from when it was first broadcast on the radio. I have listened to it so many times I can almost quote it all. I later read the book (many times) and I love this adaptation. It is true to the book in a way the films aren't. I look forwards to sharing this with my children when they are old enough.
Fellowship of the Ring
For many, this was - and remains - the definitive production on Tolkien's epic work. Even the production team on the movie trilogy used to listen to this serial while working on the films. Ian Holm (who played Bilbo Baggins in the movies) plays the part of Frodo Baggins in this version and even returned nearly 20 years later to record new introductions and epilogues for this release - though, to listen to it, you wouldn't know that such time had passed. The reason this version is so good is that it doesn't rush to tell its tale and remains very faithful to the spirit of the book - with minimal changes to Tolkien's original story and a much more intimate feel than you get with its big screen counterpart. With a fantastic cast of respected names in theatre and television and a musical score that, while small, conveys all the grandeur of the films, this is a production you will want to enjoy over and over. If you haven't read the books, you'll need to invest a good hour listening and working out who is who before the story really starts to get going (there is a lot of background to cover) but for those who are willing to put in the effort, the benefits are immense. If you thought the movies are the only way that Tolkien's work could be realised, then give this a listen. You'll be very pleasantly surprised. This release covers part one of the trilogy and the price isn't bad either.
Really good for listening to on long journeys :)
i think its really good that the voice of bilbo is the same person who played him in the Peter Jackson adaptations because for me, that is what hooked me onto LOTR and really helps me visualise the book :) i think this is a great book, read by great people :)