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 stereoinstallments.
Brian Sibley, the man who first dramatised JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings for BBC radio over 20 years ago. This is not a Book on Tape. It's a radio dramatization similar to the old radio shows of the 1920's and 30's, yet much more.
The 26-part series was subsequently edited into 13 hour-long episodes, 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), rearranging some scenes for dramatic impact and adding linking narration and music cues.
The first part contains 1-5 episodes.
2 files mp3 - 64 kbit
Episode 1 "The Shadow of the Past" Episode 2 "The Black Riders"- 51Mb time: 01:51:24
Episode 3 "Knife in the dark" Episode 4 "The Ring Goes South" Episode 5 "The Mirror of Galadriel- 76 Mb time: 02:46:06