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The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series)

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'''The Lord of the Rings''' was a radio series broadcasted in 1956 by the BBC shortly after the release of [[The Return of the King]], the final installment of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s [[The Lord of the Rings]]. No known recordings of this broadcast are known to have survived unfortunately.
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'''The Lord of the Rings''' was a radio series broadcasted in [[1995]] and [[1956]] by the BBC, shortly after the release of ''[[The Return of the King]]''. No known recordings of this broadcast are known to have survived, unfortunately.  
 
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Adapted by [[Terence Tiller]].
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==Response==
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This adaptation was made while [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was still alive, and he expressed his criticism about the radio series in letters [[Letter 175|175]] ([[November 30]], [[1955]]), [[Letter 176|176]] ([[December 8]], [[1955]] and [[Letter 177|177]] (same date). At this time, the episodes describing the chapter ''[[Many Meetings]]'' was apparently the most recently aired.
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'''Tom Bombadil:''' Considered by Tolkien "dreadful".<br>
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'''[[Goldberry]]:''' She is for some reason portrayed as Bombadil's daughter.<br>
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'''[[Old Man Willow|Willowman]]:''' He is shown in league with [[Mordor]], rather than just an antagonist of the Hobbits.<br>
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'''[[Glóin son of Gróin|Glóin]]:''' He was "someone's idea of a German". Tolkien thought he was not too bad, though a bit exaggerated. <br>
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After Tolkien's criticism of the series, adapter Terence Tiller corresponded briefly with him. Letters [[Letter 193|193]] deals primarily on accents, while [[Letter 194|194]] shows more of Tolkien's criticism of changes made to the story.
  
 
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Revision as of 10:20, 21 June 2008

The Lord of the Rings was a radio series broadcasted in 1995 and 1956 by the BBC, shortly after the release of The Return of the King. No known recordings of this broadcast are known to have survived, unfortunately.

Cast

Role Actor
Gandalf Norman Shelley
Tom Bombadil Norman Shelley

Adapted by Terence Tiller.

Response

This adaptation was made while J.R.R. Tolkien was still alive, and he expressed his criticism about the radio series in letters 175 (November 30, 1955), 176 (December 8, 1955 and 177 (same date). At this time, the episodes describing the chapter Many Meetings was apparently the most recently aired.

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

After Tolkien's criticism of the series, adapter Terence Tiller corresponded briefly with him. Letters 193 deals primarily on accents, while 194 shows more of Tolkien's criticism of changes made to the story.