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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 Member Since 2015
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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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    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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    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.

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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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  • Edmund
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    1/13/15
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    "Great story. Better cast!"

    A wonderful dramatisation of a fantastic story.

    It has a great balance between the story and the lore that Tolkien wrote.

    Though the production is amazing and the cast is brilliant, the mixing could be better in places. Some bits are just too quiet with other bits being far too loud.

    LeMesurier is particularly well cast as Bilbo, though I imagine Frodo sounding a little younger, perhaps because of the movies. Gandalf is very good in this too, possibly my favourite.

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  • Simon
    Malvern, United Kingdom
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    "The best radio dramatisation ever made"
    What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings?

    On top of being one of the greatest books every written, the features I liked best about this dramatisation is the characterisation, the authentic feel of every scene and the clever adherence to the source material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am sure fantasy novels are not everyones favourite genre, but I believe the fantasy comes second to the characters and plot of this book. You really are immersed into the story of Frodo Baggins and his growing ensemble of friends from the very beginning and feel their struggle as they all have very different stories but one common goal.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The battle between Nazgul and Aragorn on weather top mountain.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is a long book and I feel it is almost wasted if you try to listen to it all together.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hampshire, England
    7/13/13
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    "stand out from the crowd"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    addictive listening! I just cannot wait for the next instalment. Being dramatized makes a lot of difference to my listening experience. If you have read the book or not I would recommend that you buy this Audible book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frodo probably, but it is hard to pick just one character.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the fact that it is dramatized, makes it really come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I only had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Please buy this title, you will not be disappointed. Compelling listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgo
    France
    4/13/13
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    "Wonderfully read"

    This book is wonderfully read and it really helps having it in the dramatized version!



    The book is a long one so I don't recommend for you to keep listening for hours but it is your choice!



    Have it, it is an enjoyable experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BG
    Taunton, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Childhood revisited"

    Great dramatization, far better than the films! The BBC has a strong history of dramatizing books for the radio and this is there best, the characters are brought to life by the players and the music chosen provides the perfect background and is both atmospheric and evocative. This is the best way to experience Tolkien's master peace

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Popeyesfx
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    9/11/12
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    "Lord of the Rings BBC Radio Style"

    I had this on tape, if you like the books then you will love the adaptation, its very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    2/14/11
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    "Brought back memories"

    LOR was orriginally broadcast on BBC Radio in my late teens, rehearing this recording brought back all the pleasures of hearing it first time through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john
    8/31/14
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    "cannot hear it clearly"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been five star if it had been like every other audiobook, from audible, in terms of volume. I have tried contacting audible but the volume is just too low. If it had been all my audiobooks I would have thought it was me or my Kindle but it is not- just this one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    Dingwall, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "Magical story telling"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Magical story telling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gollum


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    what an amazing cast


    Any additional comments?

    Lost track of how many time I have listened to it.Every time just as magical

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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