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So...who has heard the BBC radio broadcast of LOTR?

AbsintheFaerie
The Shire


Dec 19 2007, 5:14am

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So...who has heard the BBC radio broadcast of LOTR? Can't Post

I was just relistening to it and I think it is a work of genius....anyone agree with me? Or disagree?

I was also just interested in seeing who has even listened to it.

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Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea


Dec 19 2007, 5:33am

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I have [In reply to] Can't Post

I bought it last year and I enjoyed it very well. In particular, Bill Nighy as Samwise was absolutely perfect. I just fell in love with his voice and his portrayal of Sam. Sean Astin grew on me, but he is a distant second to Nighy.

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AbsintheFaerie
The Shire


Dec 19 2007, 5:48am

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oh i quite agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I absolutely loved him singing Gil-galad...melted my heart everytime

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Dec 19 2007, 5:59am

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I heard it on the radio decades ago [In reply to] Can't Post

and tried to tape it. I still have most of the tapes. I mostly love it, but Aragorn sounds too much like the Pontius Pilate in Life of Brian and spoils it for me every time he's on.

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Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea


Dec 19 2007, 6:07am

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I had heard people say that [In reply to] Can't Post

So I listened really hard when Aragorn was on, but nothing struck me about it. Maybe I haven't watched "Life of Brian" enough times, but I'll take that as a blessing in this case.

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AbsintheFaerie
The Shire


Dec 19 2007, 6:23am

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ill have to do that too [In reply to] Can't Post

i haven't watched life or brian enough to know what his voice sounds like, but i'll listen. Aragorn is voiced by Robert Stephens btw

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Dec 19 2007, 6:23am

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I have a couple of times [In reply to] Can't Post

when it's been broadcast on Radio New Zealand.

I generally like it very much (the pictures are wonderful :-)), but I didn't like Arwen's voice at all (she sounded as if she'd been waiting for Aragorn one millennium too many), and Merry and Pippin were occasionally too Boys' Own for words. But Bilbo, Sam and Gandalf: all wonderful. And I didn't miss Bombadil.




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AbsintheFaerie
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Dec 19 2007, 6:34am

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i guess [In reply to] Can't Post

i didn't either...although i very much liked his character in the books

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AbsintheFaerie
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Dec 19 2007, 6:37am

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also [In reply to] Can't Post

i liked the inclusion of Radagast :)

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And back again
Rivendell


Dec 19 2007, 7:57am

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I have heard the BBC version of LOTR [In reply to] Can't Post

I am sorry to say I didn't like it.

Pompous.

Aragorn sounded like a right prig and Arwen sounded more like she stayed at home knitting socks all day.

Enough to put anyone off these characters.

Thank heavens for the films.


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Dec 19 2007, 8:31am

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Hmm. [In reply to] Can't Post

Apparently, we don't know the same kind of sock knitters. ;)

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Dec 19 2007, 9:16am

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I crochet myself [In reply to] Can't Post

But Arwen sounded like an old, stuck-up, boring woman who wouldn't know an adventure or romance if they slapped her in the face.


grammaboodawg
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Dec 19 2007, 11:05am

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Loads of times :D [In reply to] Can't Post

And I love how they used some of the players in the Bakshi adaptation: Boromir and Gollum


It is a wonderful production, and Ian Holm is absolutely brilliant!



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Dec 19 2007, 11:35am

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I Heard the BBC Version After I Saw the Films [In reply to] Can't Post

But I completely agree about Bill Nighy. He was perfect.

A wonderful adaptation.

I also love the audio version read by Rob Inglis. The audio version I dislike is an abridged version that was so awful we stopped listening after the fist CD. It's the one marketed in a wooden box that looks like this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A1ZADKA4L._AA240_.jpg


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RosieLass
Valinor


Dec 19 2007, 3:18pm

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I like Aragorn's voice. [In reply to] Can't Post

But that's because I like Robert Stephens.

He played Pistol in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V."

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RosieLass
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Dec 19 2007, 3:18pm

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That would be the "Mind's Eye" version. [In reply to] Can't Post

I have never been able to get through it, either.

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Shall I ever, oh ever, behold thy behind.


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Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea


Dec 19 2007, 3:45pm

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It's my favorite adaptation [In reply to] Can't Post

I like it better as an adaptation than the movies, to be honest, although of course a radio drama and a film are two entirely different art forms. It's been one of our family favorites for long car trips for years.

Brian Sibley's screenplay was very faithful (beyond cutting out a few extraneous characters like Bombadil and Ghan-buri-ghan and shortening events like the Scouring of the Shire). Plus I liked the voice casting, with the exception of Arwen -- Michael Hordern, Ian Holm, Bill Nighy, and Peter Woodthorpe are all superb. The symphonic score was good, too. I particularly enjoyed hearing Tolkien's own songs and poems set to music -- they became an important part of the dramatization.

Now, when I read LOTR, I hear the voices from the BBC radio play.

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sherlock
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Dec 19 2007, 4:11pm

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I have once. [In reply to] Can't Post

I got it for Christmas a few years ago but have only had the chance to listen to it once. I enjoyed it and especially liked the actor who did Sam's voice. I thought Aragorn was a little haughty, though, and didn't really care for the songs.


Patty
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Dec 19 2007, 5:55pm

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I like it too, RosieLass... [In reply to] Can't Post

it sounds like the voice of one is "kingly". But, I am very familiar with Robert Stephens, and like his work (especially in Prime of Miss Jean Brody).

Yes, the woman who voiced Arwen sounded, well, a little older than she should, I think. Even though she's now mortal, she should have a young sounding elven voice.

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AbsintheFaerie
The Shire


Dec 19 2007, 6:30pm

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aragorn [In reply to] Can't Post

I also like Robert Stephens so that may be my bias there. Gosh it's been so long I haven't hit that Arwen part yet...

I love the poems set to music. Especially Gil-galad and then In Western Lands

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