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Toni Edelmann (screenplay)
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1993 (Finland) See more »
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of the hobbits. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 36)
Kari Väänänen ... Aragorn / ... (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Timo Torikka (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Toni Edelmann (unknown episodes)
J.R.R. Tolkien (unknown episodes)
Timo Torikka (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Pipsa Poskela .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Olof Qvickström .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Toni Edelmann (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Matti Virtanen (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Tauno Rinne (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Pablo Sikow (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Riitta Anttonen (unknown episodes)
Tiina Kupias (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Zoe Burtsow .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Riikka Virtanen .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Kalevi Linden .... miniatures (unknown episodes)
Riitta Parvio .... props (unknown episodes)
Georg Sikow .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Matti Huhtakangas .... sound (unknown episodes)
Jussi Olkinuora .... sound (unknown episodes)
Heikki Savolainen .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Esko Kares .... pyrotechnician (unknown episodes)
Kimi Seppänen .... pyrotechnician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Pentti Kakkori .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Sami Liljeblad .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Matti Virtanen .... lighting designer (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Heikki Keskinen .... musician (unknown episodes)
Reiska Laine .... musician (unknown episodes)
Jan Noponen .... musician (unknown episodes)
Arto Piispanen .... musician (unknown episodes)
Pekka Tegelman .... musician (unknown episodes)

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Finland:270 min (9 parts)

Did You Know?

The nine episodes were entitled: - 1. Bilbo - 2. Tie (Road) - 3. Vanha metsä (Old Forest) - 4. Pomppiva poni (Prancing Pony) - 5. Konkari (Strider) - 6. Lórien - 7. Mordor - 8. Tuomiovuori (Mount Doom) - 9. Vapautus (Liberation)See more »
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Version of The Return of the King (1980) (TV)See more »


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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A highly underrated series with superior acting, 30 January 2005
Author: juho_grondahl from Helsinki, Finland

What this series lacks in visuals, it gains in great acting and atmosphere. It only gets better as it progresses. The last episodes are stunningly real: you can really see the pain, the weight and the fatigue on the hobbits' eyes. Taneli Mäkelä pictures the change that happens in Frodo during the journey in a very remarkable way. Also Vesa Vierikko is very mystical as Gandalf, and Carl-Kristian Rundman's Boromir - in spite of his samurai outfit - is a strong performance that really pictures the feelings of anger and honour that Boromir has.

Kari Väänänen does a great double role as Aragorn and Klonkku (Gollum). His Gollum is no monster, but actually a very human creature, which makes it even more touching. You wouldn't recognize the actor in the role if you didn't know it was him. Also as Aragorn he is good, though maybe not quite as memorable.

Toni Edelmann's music is probably the greatest Tolkien music ever made. It takes some elements from folk music and twists them in a very Middle Earth kind of way.

I can't understand why some people treat this series only as a funny example of a low-budget TV series. For me, it was a very remarkable experience as a kid, and I still think that the acting is superior, compared to the Peter Jackson films, for example. You can see the difference especially between Taneli Mäkelä and Elijah Wood.

I mean, you can always go listing the errors like Boromir's outfit (which is, in my opinion, merely an interesting viewpoint, not an error) or Elrond's beard or whatever, but it has no point. What's important is the overall feeling, not some individual flaws.

Some people have also criticized the fact that the series doesn't actually show what happens in Gondor and Rohan, but only mentions them. I think it was actually a very good choice to concentrate on Frodo's journey. It would have taken a double amount of parts and a double amount of cash to do all that. I also think that it's not necessary to include the whole book - I mean, this is just an adaptation, and adaptations should choose their viewpoint. I think this was just the reason why Jackson's films didn't succeed so well; they lacked viewpoint and tried to tell everything. As a result, they just ended up with three films that jump from one place to another without having time to create any atmosphere in spite of all the stunning scenery, makeup and costumes. This is, of course, only my opinion, and I know may will disagree. Maybe it's also about the fact that I have always been more keen on slow expression and philosophical dialogue on films than action, and this is just the thing that you can find in the "Hobitit"-series.

Overall, the series is not perfect, but it is an interesting different adaptation of the book. I give it 8/10.

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