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The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series)

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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

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

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 Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1675, December 16, 1955
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 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 7.2 7.3 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 10.4 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)