Tolkien’s prelude to The Lord of the Rings has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax. This radio dramatization became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio, and it continues to delight today.
At the end of World War II, Jack, a Kansas boy, is uprooted and placed in a boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains.
When Jayna’s big brother Rob is called to duty in WWII, Jayna is left alone with their cranky landlady. But before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna they may have a grandmother in Brooklyn. When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she sets out in hopes of finding the family she so desperately needs.