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The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series)

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| [[Gandalf]] || [[Norman Shelley]]<ref name="RT1674"/><ref name="L175">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 175]] (dated [[November 30]], [[1955]])</ref>
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|[[Nicolette Bernard]] ||Unspecified, presumably [[Goldberry]],<ref name="RT1672"/>[[Galadriel]]<ref name="RT1675"/>
 
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| [[Tom Bombadil]] || Norman Shelley<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="L175"/>
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|[[Oliver Burt]] || [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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| [[Frodo]] || [[Oliver Burt]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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|[[Michael Collins]] || [[Merry]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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| [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] || [[Victor Platt]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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|[[Frank Duncan]] || [[Legolas]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Halbarad]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
 
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| [[Pippin]] || [[Basil Jones]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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|[[Valentine Dyall]] || [[Treebeard]],<ref name="RT1723"/> [[Théoden]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
 
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| [[Merry]] || [[Michael Collins]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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|[[Robert Farquharson]] || [[Saruman]],<ref name="RT1724"/> [[Denethor II|Denethor]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
 
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| [[Aragorn]] || [[Godfrey Kenton]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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|[[Felix Felton]] || [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]],<ref name="RT1674"/> Voice of [[Sauron]],<ref name="RT1724"/> [[Witch-king of Angmar|The Black Captain]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
 
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| [[Legolas]] || [[Frank Duncan]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
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|[[Garard Green]] || [[Elrond]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]]<ref name="RT1675"/>  
 
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| [[Elrond]] || [[Garard Green]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
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| [[Olive Gregg]] || [[Eowyn]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
 
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| [[Gimli]] ||[[Eric Lugg]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
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|[[Derek Hart]] || Narrator<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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| [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]] || [[Derek Prentice]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
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|[[David Hemmings]] || [[Bergil]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
 
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| [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] || [[Felix Felton]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
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|[[Noel Johnson]] || [[Éomer]]<ref name="RT1723"/>
 
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| Narrator || [[Derek Hart]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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| Unspecified, presumably [[Goldberry]] || [[Nicolette Bernard]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
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|[[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]] || Garard Green<ref name="RT1675"/>
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|[[Eric Lugg]] || [[Gimli]]<ref name="RT1674"/>
 
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|[[Galadriel]] || [[Nicolette Bernard]]<ref name="RT1675"/>
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|[[Victor Platt]] || [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]]<ref name="RT1672"/>
 
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|[[Gollum]] || [[Gerik Schjelderup]]<ref name="RT1725"/>
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|[[Derek Prentice]] || [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]],<ref name="RT1674"/> [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|Faramir]],<ref name="RT1725"/> [[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)|Beregond]]<ref name="RT1726"/>  
 
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|[[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|Faramir]] || [[Derek Prentice]]<ref name="RT1725"/>
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|[[Mablung of Ithilien|Mablung]] || [[Godfrey Kenton]]<ref name="RT1725"/>
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|[[Prunella Scales]] || [[Ioreth]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
 
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|[[Éomer]] || [[Noel Johnson]]<ref name="RT1723"/>
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|[[Gerik Schjelderup]] || [[Gollum]]<ref name="RT1723"/>
 
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|[[Treebeard]] || [[Valentine Dyall]]<ref name="RT1723"/>
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| [[Norman Shelley]] || [[Gandalf]],<ref name="RT1674"/>, [[Tom Bombadil]]<ref name="RT1672"/><ref name="L175">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 175]] (dated [[November 30]], [[1955]])</ref>
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|[[Théoden]] || [[Valentine Dyall]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
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|[[Grima|Wormtongue]] || [[Bernard Rebel]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
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|[[Saruman]] || [[Robert Farquharson]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
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|Voice of [[Sauron]] || [[Felix Felton]]<ref name="RT1724"/>
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|[[Denethor II|Denethor]] || [[Robert Farquharson]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
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|[[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)|Beregond]] || [[Derek Prentice]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
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|[[Bergil]] || [[David Hemmings]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
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|[[Halbarad]] || [[Frank Duncan]]<ref name="RT1726"/>
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|[[Eowyn]] || [[Olive Gregg]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
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|[[Witch-king of Angmar|The Black Captain]] || [[Felix Felton]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
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|[[Ioreth]] || [[Prunella Scales]]<ref name="RT1727"/>
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Revision as of 10:46, 1 May 2009

In 1955, the BBC Radio Third Programme aired a treatment of The Fellowship of the Ring in six episodes. A year later, six episodes on The Two Towers and The Return of the King followed. Though only the latter six episodes were called thus, the entire series has become known as the 1955 radio series of The Lord of the Rings.

Contents

Episodes

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings

Cast

Actor Role
Nicolette Bernard Unspecified, presumably Goldberry,[1]Galadriel[4]
Oliver Burt Frodo[1]
Michael Collins Merry[1]
Frank Duncan Legolas,[3] Halbarad[8]
Valentine Dyall Treebeard,[5] Théoden[6]
Robert Farquharson Saruman,[6] Denethor[8]
Felix Felton Bilbo,[3] Voice of Sauron,[6] The Black Captain[9]
Garard Green Elrond,[3] Celeborn[4]
Olive Gregg Eowyn[9]
Derek Hart Narrator[1]
David Hemmings Bergil[8]
Noel Johnson Éomer[5]
Basil Jones Pippin[1]
Godfrey Kenton Aragorn,[1] Mablung[4]
Eric Lugg Gimli[3]
Victor Platt Sam[1]
Derek Prentice Boromir,[3] Faramir,[7] Beregond[8]
Bernard Rebel Wormtongue[6]
Prunella Scales Ioreth[9]
Gerik Schjelderup Gollum[5]
Norman Shelley Gandalf,[3], Tom Bombadil[1][10]

Adapted by Terence Tiller.[11] Music by Anthony Smith-Masters.[1]

Differences from the book

  • Tom Bombadil: Considered by Tolkien "dreadful", though it is left unexplained why.[10]
  • Goldberry: She is for some reason portrayed as Bombadil's daughter.[10]
  • Willowman: He is shown in league with Mordor, rather than just an antagonist of the Hobbits.[10]
  • Glóin: He was "someone's idea of a German". Tolkien thought he was not too bad, though a bit exaggerated.[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1672, November 25, 1955
  2. Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1673, December 2, 1955
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1674, December 9, 1955
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1675, December 16, 1955
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1723, November 16, 1956
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1724, November 23, 1956
  7. 7.0 7.1 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1725, November 30, 1956
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1726, December 7, 1956
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Radio Times, Volume 133, No. 1727, December 14, 1956
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 175 (dated November 30, 1955)
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 193 (dated November 2, 1956)
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 176 (dated December 8, 1955)