Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after 30 years


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'A Soviet television adaptation of The 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.'


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Part 2

I've watched the first half and it's strangely mesmerizing.


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Comment from youtube...
To the foreign people in the comments - It is a theater stage play recorded in the format of tv film. Such kind of format was popular in Soviet Union.

Makes sense.

Boo Radley75

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The ring looks like it was made from a load of chocolate foil wrappers and the hobbits look like little old babushkas. :rotfl:


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I do not and did not need this in my life.

Mods can we impose a temporary ban on captainarchive please ?

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