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.
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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.
- Cliff Van Dort