I've seen or heard several renditions of Professor Tolkien's magnificent works and this one is, as I said, second only to the books themselves in more ways than I can count! The next best is the Rankin/Bass animated "Hobbit" and perhaps the Ralph Bakshee rendition of the first book and a half. I must say that the live-action movies take a poor third for the excessive liberties that were taken with the characters. The effort that Rankin/Bass made to complete Bakshee's work is utter trash! Thank heavens for "the Mind's Eye" who, I believe, first put these wonderful radio-plays on tape!
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