While most of the characters in the story were faithful adaptations of their manga counterparts, Woodchuck (the thief) underwent some unexplained changes. In the anime he is a fairly nice person who is rather clumsy in his thievery and a bit on the lazy side. In the original manga he has far less of a heart, is much greedier and better at thievery, and ultimately works to meet his own needs rather than the needs of Parn and the others.
The Collector's Edition DVD includes a trailer made by the series' Japanese producers aimed at selling it to a U.S. distributor. For this purpose, the Japanese dialogue was replaced with temporary English voice acting utilizing a group of uncredited actors.
Episodes 1-8 of this series are based on original novel #1 of Record of Lodoss War by Ryo Mizuno, called "The Grey Witch". There are also manga and graphic novels by the same title based on this original novel available from CPM Manga. Episodes 9-13 are loosely based on the original novels #3,4,6,7 in the Lodoss War series. The story developed in these last episodes is unique to this animated series from the original story Mr. Mizuno developed. The later animated series "Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight" follows the original novels and "corrects the record" starting after the end of episode 8 of this series.