The Hobbit: The BBC Radio Dramatization

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Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest and a dramatic climax. At the centre is the unsuspecting hero Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious Hobbit who is suddenly thrust into the biggest, indeed the only, adventure of his life.

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC ...

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Overview

Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest and a dramatic climax. At the centre is the unsuspecting hero Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious Hobbit who is suddenly thrust into the biggest, indeed the only, adventure of his life.

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780563530466
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Format: Cassette
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. His mother died when he was twelve, and he and his brother became wards of the local priest. When a professor at Oxford, he wrote stories for his children telling them the story of The Hobbit. When his publisher asked for a sequel to The Hobbit, he wrote Lord of the Rings, which took twelve years to complete. He died in September 1973.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Disappointing at best.

    Unfortunately, this audio book was a huge disappointment. It isn't the dramatic unabridged reading of the Hobbit it purported to be. It is a stylized INTERPRETATION of the book. Many scenes were left out and some were written by the BBC and added. Any fan of Tolkien knows what a perfectionist he was and should shun this version.

    It was like reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in Cliff notes and expecting to know the whole thing.

    I will continue buying audio books from Barnes and Noble in the future, but probably not books from the BBC.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    I was very disapointed, I wanted the original book on tape not an acted out version. Very upsetting indeed

    If you want a play depicting this book I would say get it, if you are looking for the book on tape don't get it. Kind of confussing and too cutsey

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome book series by j r r tolkien!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Excellent

    I loved the different adaptation of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    highly recommend this one...

    I got this book for my husband. He has enjoyed it. I will get him other books

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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