The Hobbit (1979 radio series)

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The Hobbit is a 1979 radio series of The Hobbit, adapted and directed by Bob Lewis and produced by The Mind's Eye. It would reuse most of the cast for their radio series of The Lord of the Rings of the same year. The music featured in the radio drama were pulled from production music produced by Major Records. Primarily Featuring composer Roger Roger but also contains works from George Chase and Sam Trust. They would use the same music library for their adaptation of Lord of The Rings, some pieces being shared between the two.


Actor Role
Erik Bauersfeld Smaug, Bard
Gail Chugg Narrator, Gollum, Balin
Pat Franklyn Roac, The Elven King, Bombur
Carl Hague Elrond
Joe Hughes Great Goblin, Beorn
Tom Luce Thorin
Bernard Mayes Gandalf
Ray Reinhardt Bilbo Baggins


Composer Piece Matrix Runout Record name and/or number
Roger Roger Morning Breezes TVJ-9141 (E4-QB-3409-1) Mood Music - 5217
Sam Trust Plague Spot TJV-95-A Production Music - 95
Roger Roger Swirling Fog 5215-A Production Music - 51
Roger Roger Dreaming Awake 58
George Chase Mockery Mood Music - 98
George Chase Black Passage 99
Roger Roger Null
George Chase Tenderness Soliloquy
Sam Trust Swamp Interim TJV-95-A Production Music - 95
Roger Roger Martians Patrol 59
Roger Roger A Mysterious Night Production Music - 51
George Chase A Tale of Woe (Theme) 99
Roger Roger Spell of the Unknown 59
Roger Roger Dramatic Appasionata TVJ-9141 (E4-QB-3409-1) Mood Music - 5217 or Production Music - 51
Sam Trust Thought TJV-95-A Production Music - 95
Sam Trust Swamp TJV-95-A Production Music - 95
Enrico Simonetti Finale 99
Roger Roger Sliding Bridge 58
Roger Roger Unknown Danger 58
George Chase Tenderness Pastoral

There are six other songs that have not been identified yet. Null* is piece that has been identified but as far as we can tell only exists online under a different name and edited and manipulated. There are three songs not listed here that seem were made specifically for this adaptation and only exist within the drama itself. The song is Far over the misty mountains cold. It is based on the poem that Tolkien wrote for the book but in the adaptation it has been edited where some verses are removed entirely or show up later in the play. I said three songs were made for this adaptation, that was one, the other two are little off shoots of Far over the misty mountains cold. Anything you hear with an Autoharp was written for the play.

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