Dwarves, elves, goblins, trolls, dragons and wizards - these are the ingredients of J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderful fantasy, the prelude to The Lord of The Rings, now the subject of a major feature film series. The hero of the tale is Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious hobbit who is suddenly thrust into what turns out to be the biggest adventure of his life. Guided by Gandalf the wizard, Bilbo and a company of dwarves set out to destroy Smaug the Magnificent, a ferocious dragon who guards a treasure hoard. Their journey contains many dangers, and in facing them the reluctant Bilbo's great resourcefulness and courage surprises everyone - not least himself! Since it was first broadcast in 1968, this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation has become a classic in its own right, perfectly evoking Tolkien's magical other world and its enchanting, fantastic inhabitants.
an unexpected party...
I had this on audio casette when I was little, it was my introduction to the world of Middle-Earth and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, and I was positivly delighted to find it here! It is somewhat cheesey by todays standards but it is still a wonderful way to bring youngsters (who haven't seen the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films) into a fantastic adventure.
The performances are great all around, the voice of Mr Baggins is certainly faithful to the idea of Hobbits being a reluctent, shy folk.
I'd recommend it for children yet to enter the world of Tolkien, of even just the old fans (such as myself) who loved the book and are fondly nostalgic for radioplays.