Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
The first part of JRR Tolkien’s epic masterpiece makes a seamless transition from the written word to audio drama. What begins as the whimsical tale of Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday soon gives way to the much darker adventures of his nephew, Frodo and his journey to destroy the One Ring.
For those who mourned some of the inaccuracies of the film, this adaptation is much closer to the original text, reintroducing some of the lesser characters such as the haunting menace of the Barrow Wights. Ian Holm, who starred in the movie as Bilbo, now uses his vocal skills to disarmingly chart Frodo’s progression from naïve young hobbit to the world-weary and corrupted character that made the books so intriguing. Also lending their talents are great British stalwarts such as Michael Hordern as Gandalf and Robert Stephens as the dark and enigmatic Aragorn.
To create the magic and mystery of Middle Earth, Stephen Oliver’s score acts as a beautiful and strangely lyrical backdrop to the first chapter of the trials of the Fellowship of the Ring. Whether you’ve read the books 100 times or are new to Tolkien’s world, this audio adaptation is the perfect place to begin your love affair with one of the finest literary works in history.