THERE’S no dispute - the Lord of the Rings is a lengthy work.
JRR Tolkien spent 12 years writing the trilogy and Peter Jackson’s film adaptation was over nine hours long.
So you’ve got to hand it to performer Charles Ross - who will be telling the whole saga by himself, on stage, in an hour.
And don’t expect the one-man narrator to hide behind fancy effects, he’ll be getting through the tale with just some elbow pads and his imagination.
But the Canadian actor’s performance still managed to catch Sir Ian McKellen’s attention.
The veteran actor played the wizard Gandalf in the film series a few years ago.
McKellen said: “If you liked the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you will love Charlie Ross’s version - and if you didn’t, well at least his is shorter.”
It’s not the first time that Ross has squeezed an epic into 60 minutes. His truncated version of Star Wars won huge acclaim a few years ago.
One Man Lord of the Rings will be coming to Solihull Arts Complex on March 4. A support act will warm up the crowd before the main show.
Tickets are available on 0121 704 6962.