Hordes of the Things released on CD by BBC AudioBooks (13.11.09 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

For fans of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and Elvenquest (BBC Audio), this is the epic fantasy series first heard on BBC Radio 4 in 1980 that wonderfully parodies J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings".

The kingdom of Albion is under threat from The Evil One, and the elves have trusted the kingdom with a mystic device (the number seven) and have entrusted a wizard by the name of Radox The Green to find a hero to save the land: Agar, Son of Athar (who has a minotaur called Stephen).

Written by Andrew Marshall (writer, "2point4 Children") and John Lloyd (creator, "QI"), here are all four episodes of the classic radio series - now available for the first time.

Hordes of the Things released on CD by BBC AudioBooks


This interesting series was created around the time that Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast. It contains some good ideas but the series has, these days, been largely forgotten.

Starring Patrick Magee as the Chronicler, Paul Eddington as King Yulfric, Simon Callow as Prince Veganin, Christian Rodska as Agar, Frank Middlemass as Radox the Green, Maggie Steed as Queen Elfreda and Jonathan Lynn (Yes, Minister co-creator) as the dwarf Golin Longshanks.

Comes with fold out map of Middlesea illustrated by Mark Reddy and taken from the original 1980's Radio Times article.

Only six months after Hordes of the Things was first aired, the first episode of the BBC's epic radio production of The Lord of the Rings began its 26-week run. Some of the voices in Hordes sound suspiciously similar to the equivalent characters in LoTR. Perhaps the producers of Hordes had heard about the casting for the forthcoming Tolkien adaptation and chose their own cast accordingly.
map of Middlesea illustrated by Mark Reddy
Hordes of the Things

Audio CD


Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 Oct 2009)
ISBN-10: 1408426234
ISBN-13: 978-1408426234
Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm

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