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The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series)

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|[[Nicolette Bernard]] ||Unspecified (presumably [[Goldberry]]),<ref name="RT1672"/> [[Galadriel]]<ref name="RT1675"/>
 
|[[Nicolette Bernard]] ||Unspecified (presumably [[Goldberry]]),<ref name="RT1672"/> [[Galadriel]]<ref name="RT1675"/>
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|[[Michael Collins]] || [[Merry]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
|[[Michael Collins]] || [[Merry]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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|[[Frank Duncan]] || [[Legolas]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Halbarad]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
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|[[Frank Duncan]] || [[Legolas]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Halbarad]],<ref name="RT1726"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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|[[Valentine Dyall]] || [[Treebeard]],<ref name="RT1723"/> [[Théoden]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
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|[[Valentine Dyall]] || [[Treebeard]],<ref name="RT1723"/> [[Théoden]],<ref name="RT1724"/> Orcs<ref name="RT1675"/>
 
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|[[Robert Farquharson]] || [[Saruman]],<ref name="RT1724"/> [[Denethor II|Denethor]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
 
|[[Robert Farquharson]] || [[Saruman]],<ref name="RT1724"/> [[Denethor II|Denethor]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
 
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|[[Felix Felton]] || [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]],<ref name="RT1674"/> Voice of [[Sauron]],<ref name="RT1724"/> [[Witch-king of Angmar|The Black Captain]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
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|[[Felix Felton]] || [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]],<ref name="RT1674"/> Voice of [[Sauron]],<ref name="RT1724"/> [[Witch-king of Angmar|The Black Captain]],<ref name="RT1727"/> Orcs,<ref name="RT1723"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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|[[Garard Green]] || [[Elrond]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]]<ref name="RT1675"/>  
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|[[Garard Green]] || [[Elrond]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]],<ref name="RT1675"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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| [[Olive Gregg]] || [[Eowyn]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
 
| [[Olive Gregg]] || [[Eowyn]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
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|[[Basil Jones]] || [[Pippin]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
|[[Basil Jones]] || [[Pippin]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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|[[Godfrey Kenton]] || [[Aragorn]],<ref name="RT1672"/> [[Mablung of Ithilien|Mablung]]<ref name="RT1675"/>
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|[[Godfrey Kenton]] || [[Aragorn]],<ref name="RT1672"/> [[Mablung of Ithilien|Mablung]], <ref name="RT1675"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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|[[Eric Lugg]] || [[Gimli]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
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|[[Eric Lugg]] || [[Gimli]],<ref name="RT1674"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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|[[Victor Platt]] || [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
|[[Victor Platt]] || [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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|[[Derek Prentice]] || [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|Faramir]],<ref name="RT1725"/> [[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)|Beregond]]<ref name="RT1726"/>  
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|[[Derek Prentice]] || [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|Faramir]],<ref name="RT1725"/> [[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)|Beregond]], <ref name="RT1726"/> Orcs, <ref name="RT1727"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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|[[Bernard Rebel]] || [[Grima|Wormtongue]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
 
|[[Bernard Rebel]] || [[Grima|Wormtongue]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
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|[[Prunella Scales]] || [[Ioreth]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
 
|[[Prunella Scales]] || [[Ioreth]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
 
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|[[Gerik Schjelderup]] || [[Gollum]]<ref name="RT1723"/>
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|[[Gerik Schjelderup]] || [[Gollum]], <ref name="RT1723"/> Orcs<ref name="RT1723"/>
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| [[Norman Shelley]] || [[Gandalf]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Tom Bombadil]],<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="L175">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 175]] (dated [[November 30]], [[1955]])</ref> An Old Man,<ref name="RT1723"/> Additional voices<ref name="RT1673"/>
 
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| [[Norman Shelley]] || [[Gandalf]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Tom Bombadil]]<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="L175">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 175]] (dated [[November 30]], [[1955]])</ref>
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| [[Roger Snowdon]] || Orcs<ref name="RT1675"/><ref name="RT1723"/><ref name="RT1727"/>
 
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Revision as of 10:54, 3 May 2009

In 1955, the BBC Radio Third Programme aired a treatment of The Fellowship of the Ring in six episodes. A year later, six episodes on The Two Towers and The Return of the King followed. Though only the latter six episodes were called thus, the entire series has become known as the 1955 radio series of The Lord of the Rings.

Contents

Episodes

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings

Cast

Actor Role
John Baker Orcs[5]
Nicolette Bernard Unspecified (presumably Goldberry),[1] Galadriel[4]
Oliver Burt Frodo[1]
Michael Collins Merry[1]
Frank Duncan Legolas,[3] Halbarad,[8] Additional voices[1][2]
Valentine Dyall Treebeard,[5] Théoden,[6] Orcs[4]
Robert Farquharson Saruman,[6] Denethor[8]
Felix Felton Bilbo,[3] Voice of Sauron,[6] The Black Captain,[9] Orcs,[5] Additional voices[1][2]
Garard Green Elrond,[3] Celeborn,[4] Additional voices[2]
Olive Gregg Eowyn[9]
Derek Hart Narrator[1]
David Hemmings Bergil[8]
Noel Johnson Éomer[5]
Basil Jones Pippin[1]
Godfrey Kenton Aragorn,[1] Mablung, [4] Additional voices[2]
Eric Lugg Gimli,[3] Additional voices[2]
Victor Platt Sam[1]
Derek Prentice Boromir,[3] Faramir,[7] Beregond, [8] Orcs, [9] Additional voices[1][2]
Bernard Rebel Wormtongue[6]
Prunella Scales Ioreth[9]
Gerik Schjelderup Gollum, [5] Orcs[5]
Norman Shelley Gandalf,[3] Tom Bombadil,[1][10] An Old Man,[5] Additional voices[2]
Roger Snowdon Orcs[4][5][9]

Adapted by Terence Tiller.[11] Music by Anthony Smith-Masters.[1]

Differences from the book

  • Tom Bombadil: Considered by Tolkien "dreadful", though it is left unexplained why.[10]
  • Goldberry: She is for some reason portrayed as Bombadil's daughter.[10]
  • Willowman: He is shown in league with Mordor, rather than just an antagonist of the Hobbits.[10]
  • Glóin: He was "someone's idea of a German". Tolkien thought he was not too bad, though a bit exaggerated.[12]

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, 1955
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1673, December 2, 1955
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1674, December 9, 1955
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1675, December 16, 1955
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1723, November 16, 1956
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1724, November 23, 1956
  7. 7.0 7.1 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1725, November 30, 1956
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1726, December 7, 1956
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1727, December 14, 1956
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 175 (dated November 30, 1955)
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 193 (dated November 2, 1956)
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 176 (dated December 8, 1955)