Michael Hordern stars as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in four BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations. Tolkien's tales of myth, mystery, and rumbustious exploits have been specially adapted for radio by Brian Sibley, one of the dramatists of the highly acclaimed BBC radio production of The Lord of the Rings.
In 'Farmer Giles of Ham', having accidentally shot a giant, Farmer Giles finds his brave reputation being tested by Chrysophylax the dragon.
In 'Smith of Wootton Major', when young Smith eats a piece of cake containing a silver star, he is granted access to the magical land of Fäerie.
In 'Leaf by Niggle', a thought-provoking allegory on the theme of creativity, the painter Niggle embarks on a fateful search for perfection.
In 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil', join Tom and the Hobbits in scenes from The Lord of the Rings which were not included in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation.
©2012 J.R.R. Tolkien (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
Among the best.
The dramatizations do not spoil my enjoyment of the books, which have been, and continue to be, favourites. If anything could be improved, it would be to omit less material from the books - longer would be even better !
All the performances are good.
Could have listened all in one sitting, but saved some for later.
Contains a dramatization of the Tom Bombadil section from the Lord of the Rings - a good complement to the BBC radio dramatization of the Lord of the Rings, which omits this section of the story. The actors are different, but in the same spirit.
I enjoyed the stories very much. I will surely listen to them again. Good stories for every one to hear.
"Leaf by Niggle was so exquisitely written that it brought me to tears!"
Leaf by Niggle was so exquisitely written that it brought me to tears! What a glorious collection.
For those who love Lord of the rings and the hobbit, the last tale of the four includes Tom Bombadil and Frodo, Merry, Pippin and Sam!
"Dramatized = no context"
The depth of these stories was missing and so watered down it was a waste of time. Tom Bombadil was nothing more then taken from the Fellowship.
I was distracted by all the different characters, and the stories themselves were not that great. That was surprising given that I liked all of J.R.R Tolkien's other work. I think just having one person read it and having a better story would have been nice.
No I just didn't like these stories in particular.
Yes he sounds very pleasant and I enjoyed listening to him. It was all the other voices I found distracting.
Disappointment. After reading books like the The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings I really liked his writing style and the type of stories he dreamed up. I have even read some of the unfinished tales from Tolkien and really liked those. This one was just kind of boring and not really as imaginative as his other work.
There was one story I found somewhat enjoyable, and that was the first one (can't remember the name) it was the best one out of the four.
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