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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 [[1955]] 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. Six episodes detailing the events of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' were aired in 1955, and six episodes finishing the story in 1956.
 
'''The Lord of the Rings''' was a radio series broadcasted in [[1955]] 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. Six episodes detailing the events of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' were aired in 1955, and six episodes finishing the story in 1956.
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
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| [[Tom Bombadil]] || Norman Shelley
 
| [[Tom Bombadil]] || Norman Shelley
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| [[Frodo]] || [[Oliver Burt]]
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| [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] || [[Victor Platt]]
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| [[Pippin]] || [[Basil Jones]]
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| [[Merry]] || [[Michael Collins]]
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| [[Aragorn]] || [[Godfrey Kenton]]
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| [[Legolas]] || [[Frank Duncan]]
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| [[Elrond]] || [[Garard Green]]
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| [[Gimli]] ||[[Eric Lugg]]
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| [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]] || [[Derek Prentice]]
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| [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] || [[Felix Felton]]
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| Narrator || [[Derek Hart]]
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| [[Goldberry]] || [[Nicolette Bernard]]
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Adapted by [[Terence Tiller]].  
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Adapted by [[Terence Tiller]]. Music by [[Anthony Smith-Masters]].
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==Episodes==
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"The Fellowship of the Ring"
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* Episode 1: ?
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* Episode 2: ?
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* Episode 3: "Aragorn", [[November 29]], [[1955]]
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* Episode 4: [[December 4]], [[1955]]
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* Episode 5: "The Moria Gate", [[December 11]], [[1955]]
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* Episode 6: [[December 18]], [[1955]]
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==Response==
 
==Response==
 
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.  
 
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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The Lord of the Rings was a radio series broadcasted in 1955 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. Six episodes detailing the events of The Fellowship of the Ring were aired in 1955, and six episodes finishing the story in 1956.

Cast

Role Actor
Gandalf Norman Shelley
Tom Bombadil Norman Shelley
Frodo Oliver Burt
Sam Victor Platt
Pippin Basil Jones
Merry Michael Collins
Aragorn Godfrey Kenton
Legolas Frank Duncan
Elrond Garard Green
Gimli Eric Lugg
Boromir Derek Prentice
Bilbo Felix Felton
Narrator Derek Hart
Goldberry Nicolette Bernard

Adapted by Terence Tiller. Music by Anthony Smith-Masters.

Episodes

"The Fellowship of the Ring"

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. Letter 193 deals primarily on accents, while letter 194 shows more of Tolkien's criticism of changes made to the story.