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Dear Sara,

I’m a huge fan of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, both the books and the Peter Jackson films. I saw Ralph Bakshi’s animated film of the first half of the story back in 1978, but I’ve heard rumors that another animated version exists. Is this true? – Laura A.

Dear Laura,

Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass of the animation company Rankin/Bass made an animated version of THE HOBBIT for television in 1977, featuring Orson Bean as the voice of Bilbo and John Huston as the voice of Gandalf. Skipping over the first two volumes in the RINGS trilogy, Rankin and Bass then made an animated musical version of THE RETURN OF THE KING for television in 1980, with Bean and Huston reprising their roles. This version featured the Orc song (this column swears to you the following is the truth; no one could possibly make this up) “Where There’s a Whip, There’s a Way.”

-Sara Bellum

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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.