Jan 27, 2014

RhoDeo 1404 LOTR 03

Hello, today's insight " when a capitalist economy is young, the human virtues do indeed govern earning power. But that correlation does not endure because inherited wealth, in later generations, skews the distribution of rewards in favor of those who inherit much, thereby breaking the link between wealth owned and wealth earned. Eventually, the possession of wealth overshadows every innate human virtue: at last, even intelligence. The measure of man moves from his genes to his bank accounts, or from his blood to his wallet, and while this is going on the quality of man as a biological organism dwindles. "

In 1981, the BBC again tackled "The Lord of the Rings", this time in a serial of twenty six 30-minute episodes.  This production was not
a condensed version, although it does leave out a number of events. Still, it is about as faithful to the book as one could reasonably
expect. The characterizations are excellent and music is very nicely done.  NJoy

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In 1981 the UK radio station BBC Radio 4 broadcast a dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in 26 half-hour stereo installments. The serial was originally broadcast from 8 March to 30 August 1981 on BBC Radio 4 on Sundays from 12 Noon to 12:30pm.
The radio series follows the plot of the original novel (revised 1951 version) very closely, except for the addition of The Tale Bearer, a narrator whose account of the story is often interrupted and embellished by the protagonist Bilbo Baggins in the role of secondary narrator. The 1981 trilogy was adapted for radio by Brian Sibley and Michael Bakewell.  It was directed by Jane Morgan and Penny Leicester.  It is
voiced by some very fine British actors including Ian Holm as Frodo, Michael Hordon as Gandalf and Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum among others.

The 26-part series was subsequently edited into 13 hour-long episodes broadcast from 17 July to 9 October 1982, restoring some dialogue originally cut for timing (since each hour-long episode is actually around 57 minutes, as opposed to 54 minutes for two half-hour episodes with overlaps and extra credits removed), rearranging some scenes for dramatic impact and adding linking narration and music cues.

The re-edited version was released on both cassette tape and CD sets which also included the soundtrack album (noticeably taken from a vinyl copy). Incidentally, episode 8 of the series, The Voice of Saruman was labelled as The Voice of Sauron on the cassette & CD box sets.

Cast and credits

Narrator: Gerard Murphy
Frodo Baggins: Ian Holm
Gandalf the Grey/Gandalf the White: Michael Hordern
Aragorn (Strider): Robert Stephens
Sam Gamgee: Bill Nighy
Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry): Richard O'Callaghan
Peregrin Took (Pippin): John McAndrew
Legolas: David Collings
Gimli: Douglas Livingstone
Boromir: Michael Graham Cox
Galadriel: Marian Diamond
Celeborn: Simon Cadell
Arwen Evenstar: Sonia Fraser
Saruman the White: Peter Howell
Elrond: Hugh Dickson
Bilbo Baggins: John Le Mesurier
Gollum/Sméagol: Peter Woodthorpe

Dramatisation: Brian Sibley and Michael Bakewell
Music: Stephen Oliver
Radiophonic sound: Elizabeth Parker
Produced and directed by Jane Morgan and Penny Leicester

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Lord Of The Rings 03 - The Knife In The Dark (57 min 65mb)

3-01 At Weathertop 11:03
3-02 Sam's Song 5:35
3-03 Aragorn Tells the Story of the 2:04
3-04 The Lord of the Nazgul 20:01
3-05 The Precious 7:38
3-06 Boromir's Dream 10:38

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Lord Of The Rings 01 - The Shadow Of The Past (56 min 65mb)
Lord Of The Rings 02 - The Black Riders (56 min 64mb)

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