The Soviet version of The Lord of the Rings
When we talk about The Lord of the Rings, most of us first come to mind the books of JRR Tolkien and then the two trilogies of Peter Jackson, both the Lord of the Rings own and the Hobbit. that would come years later. Although there may also be those who think of movies before books. It does not matter, in one way or another they are the two works that we all relate the fastest. Not forgetting that the long-awaited series produced by Amazon of The Lord of the Rings will arrive shortly.
Of course, it is not the only content that is related to Tolkien’s work. In 1978 an animated film was released by Ralph Bakshi that surprised everyone by the use of very advanced animation techniques for that time. That and a fairly faithful style and script have made it a cult piece for all fans of Middle-earth over the years.
But what if we told you that there are more adaptations of Tolkien’s books? Surely it would not surprise you much, since it is assumed that a work of this type would have been tried to reproduce in different formats on more than one occasion. However, when you see the Russian adaptation of The Lord of the Rings We think you are going to hallucinate (and not for good precisely).
Let’s put aside that is a 1991 production, something that partly justifies the very quality of the image, style and effects such as those blatant chromas, but overall this Russian proposal that for years it was believed lost and now it recovers 5TV, a television channel in the country. Although you can judge for yourself with these two videos that correspond to the first and second part of the adaptation of the first book: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Awesome, right? We think so. So, although it is more a curiosity than a content that you really want to consume from start to finish (in the first place because you would have to know Russian to understand what they say), the result of the adaptation of a work by this draft by Natalya Serebryakova.
Middle-earth, from Russia with love
This adaptation of The Lord of the Rings seems not to be the only one that they carried out from Russian territory. It seems that in 1985 one of The Hobbit was already made, but that one does seem to have not been recovered yet, nor is it known if there will be any possible lost copy out there.
Even so, seeing what happens with this, we should not lose hope of seeing it appear on the internet one day. Of course we would not expect anything of quality, but very possibly just as delusional as this. What do you think? How do you think the Russian fans of Middle-earth must have received it that year?