J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of the hobbits.






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Series cast summary:
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ...  Sam 9 episodes, 1993
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ...  Frodo 9 episodes, 1993
Jarmo Hyttinen Jarmo Hyttinen ...  Merri 9 episodes, 1993
Jari Pehkonen Jari Pehkonen ...  Pippin 9 episodes, 1993
Kari Väänänen ...  Klonkku / ... 9 episodes, 1993
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ...  Gandalf 9 episodes, 1993
Carl-Kristian Rundman Carl-Kristian Rundman ...  Boromir 9 episodes, 1993
Martti Suosalo ...  Bilbo 3 episodes, 1993
Erkki Saarela Erkki Saarela ...  Käärmekieli 3 episodes, 1993
Mikko Kivinen Mikko Kivinen ...  Viljami Voivalvatti 3 episodes, 1993
Matti Pellonpää ...  Saruman 3 episodes, 1993
Sari Havas Sari Havas ...  Ruusa 3 episodes, 1993
Sanna Fransman Sanna Fransman ...  Adelaide Tuk 2 episodes, 1993
Tomi Salmela ...  Gimli 2 episodes, 1993
Markku Toikka ...  Bill Imarre 2 episodes, 1993
Ulla Uotinen Ulla Uotinen ...  Dora Reppuli 2 episodes, 1993
Hannu Kivioja Hannu Kivioja ...  Ihmismies 2 episodes, 1993
Eero Saarinen Eero Saarinen ...  Hob Aitovahti 2 episodes, 1993
Teijo Eloranta Teijo Eloranta ...  Örkki 2 episodes, 1993
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ...  Ihmismies 2 episodes, 1993
Jukka Sipilä Jukka Sipilä ...  Härkäräikkä 2 episodes, 1993
Ville Virtanen ...  Legolas 2 episodes, 1993
Jarmo Mäkinen ...  Ihmismies 2 episodes, 1993
Kari-Pekka Toivonen Kari-Pekka Toivonen ...  Örkki 2 episodes, 1993
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ...  Örkki 2 episodes, 1993
Ari-Kyösti Seppo Ari-Kyösti Seppo ...  Lotho 2 episodes, 1993
Maija Leino Maija Leino ...  Lopelia 2 episodes, 1993
Risto Kaskilahti Risto Kaskilahti ...  Milo Onkaloinen 2 episodes, 1993


Bilbo Baggins finds a ring from the cave of a creature called Gollum. It passes on to his nephew Frodo, and when the wizard Gandalf finds out that it is the One Ring which the Dark Lord Sauron wants, Frodo leaves on a dangerous journey to destroy the Ring in the Cracks of Doom. Written by juho_grondahl

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1993 (Finland) See more »

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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)
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A highly underrated series with superior acting
30 January 2005 | by juho_grondahlSee all my reviews

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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