[ExI] Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after 30 years

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 6 10:12:21 UTC 2021

How cool!  :  )

"A Soviet television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings
<https://www.theguardian.com/film/lord-of-the-rings> thought to have been
lost to time was rediscovered and posted on YouTube last week, delighting
Russian-language fans of JRR Tolkien.

The 1991 made-for-TV film, Khraniteli, based on Tolkien’s The Fellowship of
the Ring, is the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed
to have been made in the Soviet Union.

Aired 10 years before the release of the first instalment of Peter
Jackson’s movie trilogy, the low-budget film appears ripped from another
age: the costumes and sets are rudimentary, the special effects are
ludicrous, and many of the scenes look more like a theatre production than
a feature-length film.

The score, composed by Andrei Romanov of the rock band Akvarium, also lends
a distinctly Soviet ambience to the production, which was reportedly aired
just once on television before disappearing into the archives of Leningrad

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