The long-lost Lord of the Rings adaptation from Soviet Russia is a glorious fever dream

You could suppose you’re conversant in The Lord of the Rings, however nothing can fairly put together you for an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s traditional fantasy textual content made in the Soviet Union.

The made-for-TV movie first aired on Leningrad Tv in 1991 and was considered misplaced to time, as first reported by . However the station’s successor, 5TV, just lately unearthed a copy from its archives, and uploaded the total work to YouTube in .

With a working time of round 1 hour and 50 minutes, this adaptation focuses solely on the first guide of Tolkein’s trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, and is a riot of low-budget particular results, weird digicam work, and Soviet temper music.

Moderately than the epic Hollywood fantasy captured so properly by Peter Jackson, this adaptation appears like a bizarre fairy story advised by a pipe-smoking madman in the woods. In different phrases: it captures a fully reputable side of The Lord of the Rings, simply not one we’re essentially used to.

For those who’ve not bought time to observe the entire factor, listed below are a few alternative moments, as helpfully recognized and time-stamped by YouTube consumer Chris Staecker in :

And that’s it! What’s actually superb to think about is that this adaptation additionally aired solely a decade earlier than the first of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster trilogy. If solely the Soviet Union had survived a little longer we may have seen comparable renditions of The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

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