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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

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.
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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.

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    Sooan Bayside, NY, USA 02-11-09
    Sooan Bayside, NY, USA 02-11-09
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    "The LOTR dramatisation"

    i love this adaptation of the LOTR. all the actors do justice to the characters in this beloved classic. i especially enjoyed the voice of ian holm (who plays bilbo in the movies) giving life to frodo. i highly recommend all three (TLOTR, TTT, and TROTK) dramatisations from BBC.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08 Member Since 2015

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Great to have this producion online"

    I have had this BBC recording on tape for ten years it is wonderful to be able to have a digital version.I still think it is brilliant sound picture of a superb trilogy, the actor's voices match the spirit of each character. It is a production as good in a spoken word sense as the movies are in a visual sense. I can only recomend the three recodings to people who wish to absorb what tolkien was writing about.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-01-08
    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-01-08 Member Since 2008
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    "great for kids!!"

    I always found tolkien to be a bit hard for kids to grasp. my son, now 8, loves this audio version! its very enjoyable and loses none of the tolkien magic. adults will have a hard time stopping listening as it is very mesmerising and well done.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    lrwar 09-17-15
    lrwar 09-17-15
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    "awesome!!"

    so easy to listen to!! listened on drives to and from work. good option to reading alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. E. Rust 07-09-15
    L. E. Rust 07-09-15
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    "Great Reading"

    I enjoyed the dramatized reading. It gave me additional insights as to how someone may interpret the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dustin deason 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best story+performance I've ever heard"

    Great voice acting and sound effects. I've heard the lord of the rings series told many different ways and this is by far the best. In my opinion it's better than the movies. So if your a true Tolkien fan I highly recommend this!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Water Lily 02-25-15
    Water Lily 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As wonderful as I remember..."

    I loved it. I listened to it every night as I was going to bed and finished it in less than a week. Starting. The Two Towers tonight. Happy Reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-01-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-01-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Absolutely excellent."

    I've been a fan of the Lord of the Rings for about twenty years now, ever since the age of eleven. It wasn't until I was 21, however, that I learned of this particular production. This production, quite frankly, beats the crap out of the 1979 NPR Playhouse version. The music in this production is absolutely excellent and the cast is amazing. Michael Hordern plays the sort of Gandalf I would feel comfortable trusting my life to. Robert Stevens' no-nonsense portrayal of Aragorn is also what I would have expected. It's much better than Viggo Mortensen's Hollywood influenced portrayal. Don't mistake me. I was very impressed with the movies over all and in fact I own them. But I didn't like how Peter Jackson changed certain things and explicitly went against Tolkien's writings in so doing. This radiodrama is extremely faithful to the novels, lacking only the Tom Bombadil section. It also expands on the events that led to Sauron's discovering the truth of the Ring's continued existence, even showing a bit of Gollum's torture at the hands of the Mouth of Sauron.
    All in all I really enjoyed this production, particularly the newer version which includes extra material at the beginning and end of each novel. And rather than detracting from the story this new material (consisting of opening and closing narration by Ian Holm as Frodo), sets the stage for the next presentation and then refreshes the listener's memory about how the prior one ended. Combine excellent acting with generally high quality sound effects with excellently-composed music and you have a program well worth your time. The only odd effect I can find is that the horses of the Nine sound more like tapdancers' shoes. The cast, however, was excellently chosen. And I really liked how Ian Holm, who plays Frodo here, later went on to star as the aging Bilbo in the film trilogy. So if you haven't already you should give this one a go. You might just be in for a good tim

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kirkland, WA, United States 02-05-12
    Amazon Customer Kirkland, WA, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant adaptation"

    I have read the original books, and listened to the unabridged audiobook version (narrated by Rob Inglis), and while not necessarily better than the print version, this adaptation is phenomenal.

    This version retains almost all of the original dialogue, with very few modifications. For example, almost all of the dialogue between the hobbits, Mr. Butterbur, and Strider in the inn in Bree is retained. It is edited for length by omitting certain lengthy side-plots such as the trek through the old forest and Tom Bombadil.

    I gave it 4/5 stars for performance for two reasons. First, any scene involving the ring includes a sort of background resonance/feedback noise that I found to be rather unpleasant when listening in the car or with headphones. Second, the dramatic sequences are not described, they are performed (e.g. a battle sequence) so you hear swords clashing and shouts, but it is hard to tell what is going on. Any significant outcome is mentioned later by one of the characters, and this is the chief source of non-original dialogue in the adaptation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Austin HOLLAND, MI, United States 08-08-11
    Austin HOLLAND, MI, United States 08-08-11
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    "Pros, cons."

    Not bad at all. Runs closer to the book than the movie, yet still no Bombadil. The sound effects and some of the songs are very loud with occasional piercing notes, yet some dialog is much too quite. Not optimal if you can't always be turning up and down the volume like at my job. Great voice acting tho and a solid alternative to the day long unabridged book. I still recommend those however.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • David Ian
    Skene, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
    12/5/08
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    "A Great Listen"

    I have just listened to this again after a gap of 10 years and it is even better than I remember. I thought after having seen the films that it would have lost some of the magic. But, this is not the case. One of the great things about audio is that you still get to fill in the gaps using your own imagination and this BBC Radio 4 version gives you plenty of opportunity to that. The new start to each of the books is a good addition, as is the linking together of the individual episodes. Sam is still my favourite character, with Gandalf a close second. If you have not listened to this yet then don't wait too long before you do!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    eaton socon, cambridgeshre, United Kingdom
    3/2/10
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    "A blast from the past"

    Listening to the lord of the rings brought back wonderful memories for me because i bought the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on cd. Unfortunately i had those stolen and missed hours of dramatised enjoyment. Thank God for Audible and downloading the trilogy. I can now sit and listen to the lord of the rings for hours on end again. WONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    7/20/09
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    "Enjoyable Tolkien"

    This is a wonderful dramatisation of Tolkien. For me travelling long distances in NZ it turns a great drive into a fantastic experience. The charaters are wonderfully portrayed and I loved it about to play the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P. Woodhouse
    edinburgh, scotland
    5/12/16
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    "a classic"

    me and my brother listened to this on the radio as kids every sunday, still brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul J Day
    3/2/16
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    "Brilliant version"

    I have the original CDs and this edition is far better as there's no gaps in the performance and the quality is great. Appreciate the additional narration too which is very well done.

    I would love to have had just one download for the whole performance instead of 3 separate ones. Oh well will have to get Two Towers now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Bear
    Huntingdon
    2/6/16
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    "Superb."

    This was just as I remembered it. An outstanding performance by an all star cast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew J Nolan
    1/19/16
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    "Very good"

    This is an excellent adaptation. The cast is good, and the story well acted. The plot flys along, and is very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • phill
    11/6/15
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    "very enjoyable,"

    very enjoyable
    i listen through my headphones in wirk....love the story
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    5/27/15
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    "Fantastic production of an epic story"

    Fabulous story brought to life by an amazing cast. Some of the sound effects are a bit dated but that's just a speck of dust on an immaculate performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tess
    3/31/15
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    "Classic"

    A classic the first time I heard it on the radio, and still as good today... For me, still the best dramatisation.. Great cast, and stays faithful to the original

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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