The Hobbit: The NPR Radio Dramatization

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Overview

The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio.

Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage—and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Overview

The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio.

Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage—and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598878981
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Series: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Fully dramatized, 4.25 hours
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 769,193
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN has legions of devoted fans and is widely regarded as the father of fantasy literature. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit—both 20th century classics and perennial bestsellers—continue to provide the primary inspiration for today's fantasy authors.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    classic kids

    classic kids story, highly recommended for age 6 to 60

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

    The Start of Something Great

    This book was the start of J.R.R. Tolkien's great works and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It portrays today's heroes and villains, good and evil, and puts them into a magical setting. It is a fictional adventure. The book interested me because of its genre. The main character is a hobbit is named Bilbo Baggins. He lives in a peaceful place and then he is recruited by a wizard and some dwarves onto an adventure to reclaim their treasure from a dragon. They end up encountering goblins and many other things during their adventure. This book is the starting point of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You can relate things from the book to real life. It may not have been his best work but it was the start of his great works. This book was one of the best of its genre (in my own opinion) because of its easy understandable flowing plot, descriptive word use, and the flow of words. It makes you want to read on and on and not stop. The theme of the book was good and evil. It completes its purpose in interesting the reader and including all critical elements of writing. I thought it was a good book because of its descriptive word use, flow of plot and words, and exciting plot.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    Magical and Imaginative

    I Had this version on cassette tapes when I was a kid. It is just as good as I remembered it. The acting is as great as the movie and cartoon of the Hobbit. For a 50's radio show this sounded excellent and the actors voices grab your attention and make you listen the whole way through . The Voices of Smug, Gollum, and the dwarfs were the best I have heard.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    Can't Go Wrong with The Hobbit

    The Hobbit is indeed a classic, and I have listened to different versions. This one was just as good as the rest. The accents aren't really British, which might perturb some people, even though The Hobbit takes place in a mythical land that doesn't exist... not in England. That being said, the story is wonderful and if you haven't gotten a chance to read or listen to it, this would be a great way to do it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2000

    Fun to listen to

    This was a great way to experinece The Hobbit. The characterizations and the music seemed like listening to an old radio show. We listened to this, next is The Lord of the Rings!

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