The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
(BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition)

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This audio set includes: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of the King. Undertaking the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's best-known work was an enormous task, but with its first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 8, 1981, this dramatized tale of Middle Earth became an instant global classic. Thrilling dramatization by Brian Sibley and Michael Bakewell it boasts a truly outstanding cast including Ian Holm (as Frodo), Sir Michael Hordern (as Gandalf), Robert Stephens (as Aragorn), and John Le Mesurier. Tolkiens tale relates the perilous attempt by Frodo Baggins and company to defeat the evil Saruman and dispose of the Ruling Ring. Brian Sibley wrote the opening and closing narration for the character of Frodo, played by Ian Holm, who now stars as Bilbo in the feature films based on The Lord of the Rings.
 

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Published September 9, 2008 by BBC Audiobooks. 1 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Originally broadcast in 1981 on BBC Radio, this full-cast adaptation of Tolkien's epic trilogy is justifiably regarded as a classic; unfortunately, in 2008, it faces inevitable comparison with

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BC Books

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The mission is to destroy the evil ring, of course, but as this ring is evil, and possesses every person that has possession of it, Frodo has a hard time throwing it in the fire.

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BC Books

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Having not read any of Tolkien's books in the past, watched any of the movies (uncanny, I know), or even been interested in the fantasy genre to begin with, I thought I’d be able to give a fresh perspective on this ‘legendary’ book.

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USA Today

This gilt-edged, 1,157-page book with embossed lettering on the spine looks suitable for the library shelf of a pipe-smoking Oxford professor J.R.R.

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The New Yorker

A good case can be made that “The Hobbit” is a better and more satisfying read than its gargantuan successor, “The Lord of the Rings.”A good case can be made that “The Hobbit” is a better and more satisfying read than its gargantuan successor, “The Lord of the Rings.”

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The New Yorker

Auden was one of the first serious writers to ask whether Tolkien’s narratives of heroic quests and imaginary worlds could be considered something more than simply escapist reading.Auden was one of the first serious writers to ask whether Tolkien’s narratives of heroic quests and imaginary worlds...

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Caldecott, in his Introduction, characterizes the conference as a sign of "the 'coming of age' of Tolkien Studies" (5) and finds significance in the fact that it was held at Tolkien's former college at the initiative of the Rector, Frances Cairncross.

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