With its first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 8, 1981, this dramatised tale of Middle Earth became an instant global classic. It boasts a truly outstanding cast including Ian Holm (as Frodo), Sir Michael Hordern (as Gandalf), Robert Stephens (as Aragorn), Bill Nighy (as Sam Gamgee) and John Le Mesurier (as Bilbo). Brian Sibley's famous adaptation has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly-recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm, who now stars as Bilbo in the feature films based on The Lord of the Rings. Part One, The Fellowship of the Ring, introduces us to Frodo Baggins. With his uncle Bilbo having mysteriously disappeared, Frodo finds himself in possession of a simple gold ring that has great and evil power. It is the Ruling Ring, taken long ago from the Dark Lord, Sauron, who now seeks to possess it again. Frodo must do everything he can to prevent this, and with the help of Gandalf the wizard and a band of loyal companions he begins a perilous journey across Middle-earth. Sauron's Black Riders are on their trail as they travel to Rivendell, attempt to cross the snow-swept Misty Mountains and, in desperation, enter the terrifying Mines of Moria.
The Fans have spoken
Far superior to the NPR dramatisation, the BBC rendition of The Lord of the Rings, while less complete, rolls along at a great pace and evokes it's setting with wit and style. The late Micheal Horden as Gandalf, Ian Holm as Frodo and Bill Nighy as Sam are amongst the fine actors who give this edition it's luster and fine timbre. Thanks iTunes for listening to what the fans have been calling for and delivering!
If you're a fan who has not heard these dramatisations, then I have to hope you give these a shot- I doubt you'll be disappointed.
The audio is nothing like the book! i boght the book to read along but i found out that they are totaly diffrant do now i wasted my money
Not an genuine audiobook, but very well done.
This is actually a radio play. It is more like listening to an audio version of Peter Jackson's version of the story, but the BBC
followed the book a bit more closely. If you want a real uneditted version of the book, look elsewhere. But if you want a
good telling of the saga likened to the Star Wars radio plays, this is the one to buy. It is very well done with great actors.