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Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring - BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation by J. R. R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring - BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation

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The 40 Best Audio books comment: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring has never been performed better than in this superb BBC adaptation, recorded in 1981, with Ian Holm playing a magnificently valiant Frodo and Bill Nighy a marvellous Samwise Gamgee. Michael Horden is brilliant as Gandalf - and it's impossible to write about this without using superlatives. A feast for the ears!

This is a full-cast dramatization of the first book of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Brian Sibley's 1981 adaptation has a newly-recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

Audio Length: 4 hours and 35 min.

If you like J. R. R. Tolkien you might also like to read books by Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame and J. M. Barrie.


Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring - BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation by J. R. R. Tolkien

A BBC radio dramatisation of the first book in J.R.R. 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 a newly recorded beginning and closing narration by Holm.


For those who find the books too long-winded and the films too noisy, this is the perfect way to assimilate the myth and magic of Middle-earth * Guardian *

About the Author

J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father’s death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the ‘New English Dictionary’ and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife’s death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

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12th November 2001


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