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Re: LOTR (in RP?) on the BBC

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Monday, January 14, 2002, 10:09
John Cowan:
> kam@CARROT.CLARA.NET wrote: > > > The Beeb (bless 'em) have just dusted off a 20 year old radio adaptation > > of the entire LOTR trilogy and are broadcasting it in lots of weekly > > installments. I think the programs can be heard on their website > > (probably too. > > Note that Frodo is played by Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo in the film. > JRRT was consulted on the accents for the previous 3rd Programme > adaptation back in the fifties, and advised RP as the equivalent > of Minas Tirith speech.
That's what I'd have advised too. So I had mixed feelings about Sean Bean as Boromir -- splendid casting, and speaking in his native non-RP accent, which is always good to hear -- but that then curiously suggests that Minas Tirth = Sheffield, and Gondor = West Yorkshire... On balance I think I prefer that accentwise parallels between Westron and English be played down. I wonder what Rohan accents will be like... --And.


John Cowan <cowan@...>