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A Soviet-era TV movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings has been rediscovered, and it's extremely weird

A Soviet-era TV movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings has been rediscovered, and it's extremely weird

A Soviet-era television film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has resurfaced over thirty years after its original airing.

The made-for-TV film, titled Khraniteli, aired only once in 1991 on Leningrad Television and seemingly disappeared forever, until Russian channel 5TV posted the film on Youtube in two parts. Tolkien fans are delighted as the film was believed to have been completely lost, until now.

Adaptations and even translations of Tolkien's works were difficult to find in the Soviet union. Some point to his novel's anti-totalitarian themes causing the books to be censored, while others claim that Tolkien's use of language made it difficult to translate into Russian without butchering the original intent.

Despite this, Khraniteli remains one of few ways Soviet audiences could experience The Lord of the Rings, and with its low budget sets, special effects and distinctly Soviet-sounding soundtrack composed by Andrei Romanov of the band Akvarium, it's quite a sight to behold. If you're interested, you can watch both parts below.