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The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series)

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In [[1955]], the [[BBC|BBC Radio Third Programme]] aired a treatment of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' in six episodes. A year later, three episodes on ''[[The Two Towers]]'' and ''[[The Return of the King]]'' followed in [[1956]]. Together, they became known as the 1955 [[:Category:Radio adaptations|radio series]] of '''''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'''''.  
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In [[1955]], the [[BBC|BBC Radio Third Programme]] aired a treatment of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' in six episodes. A [[1956|year later]], three episodes each on ''[[The Two Towers]]'' and ''[[The Return of the King]]'' followed. Together, they became known as the 1955 [[:Category:Radio adaptations|radio series]] of '''''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'''''.  
  
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==

Revision as of 11:20, 22 March 2009

In 1955, the BBC Radio Third Programme aired a treatment of The Fellowship of the Ring in six episodes. A year later, three episodes each on The Two Towers and The Return of the King followed. Together, they became known as the 1955 radio series of The Lord of the Rings.

Contents

Episodes

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
  • Episode 1: ?
  • Episode 2: ?
  • Episode 3: ?
The Return of the King
  • Episode 1: ?
  • Episode 2: ?
  • Episode 3: ?

Cast

Role Actor
Gandalf Norman Shelley[2][3]
Tom Bombadil Norman Shelley[1][3]
Frodo Oliver Burt[1]
Sam Victor Platt[1]
Pippin Basil Jones[1]
Merry Michael Collins[1]
Aragorn Godfrey Kenton[1]
Legolas Frank Duncan[2]
Elrond Garard Green[2]
Gimli Eric Lugg[2]
Boromir Derek Prentice[2]
Bilbo Felix Felton[2]
Narrator Derek Hart[1]
Unspecified, presumably Goldberry Nicolette Bernard[1]
Unspecified Frank Duncan[1]
Unspecified Derek Prentice[1]

Adapted by Terence Tiller.[4] Music by Anthony Smith-Masters.[1]

Differences from the book

  • Tom Bombadil: Considered by Tolkien "dreadful", though it is left unexplained why.[3]
  • Goldberry: She is for some reason portrayed as Bombadil's daughter.[3]
  • Willowman: He is shown in league with Mordor, rather than just an antagonist of the Hobbits.[3]
  • Glóin: He was "someone's idea of a German". Tolkien thought he was not too bad, though a bit exaggerated.[5]

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1672, November 25, 1958
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1674, December 9, 1958
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 175 (dated November 30, 1955)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 193 (dated November 2, 1956
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 176 (dated December 8, 1955