Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley
  • Screenwriter and author


Brian Sibley, an honorary member of the Tolkien Society, has had a long media association with the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

In 1981, he prepared The Lord of the Rings for the BBC’s celebrated radio dramatisation and co-wrote the series’ twenty-six weekly episodes starring Ian Holm, Michael Hordern and Robert Stephens. He also abridged The Hobbit for a radio reading by Michael Hordern and dramatised four of Tolkien shorter works under the title Tales From The Perilous Realm, again featuring Michael Hordern with a cast including Brian Blessed, Nigel Planer and Alfred Molina.

A multi-award winning dramatist, Brian’s serialisations also include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Pilgrim’s Progress, The History of Titus Groan, The Once and Future King and books by Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl and others.

He has written and presented a number of radio features about Tolkien and his books, as well as compiling the celebration, Microphones in Middle-earth and J. R. R. Tolkien: An Audio Portrait.

Brian’s books include The Maps of Tolkien’s Middle Earth – with artist and illustrator, John Howe – and two series of publications chronicling the making of Peter Jackson’s film trilogies based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, along with the biography Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker’s Journey. Other books include The Land of Narnia, Shadowlands: The True Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman and The Wisdom of C. S. Lewis as well as books on children’s literature, fantasy cinema and animation.