The world-famous Lord of the Rings series, written by JRR Tolkien, was adapted into a film in 2001 by Peter Jackson. The first was the Brotherhood of the Ring, the second was the Two Towers, and the final chapter was The Return of the King. Considered one of the greatest film franchises of all time, it won 17 Oscars in total.
The great success of Lord of the Rings in cinema was crucial to the popularity of both Peter Jackson and JRR Tolkien. But the latest trilogy was not the first adaptation of Lord of the Rings cool.
Although not well known, Ring Saga made two animated films in 1978 and 1980 based on the original story. In 1971, it was turned into a musical for television in Sweden. In 1993, it was adapted as a miniseries for a finnish television station. However, the most curious of these were undoubtedly two special adaptations produced in the Soviet Union. Two films that had been missing for years reappeared 30 years later.
Lord of the Rings was adapted for TV as the Guardians
Two adaptations of Lord of the Ring, shot in 1985 and 1991 under the name “Хранители” (The Guardians), were shot at a Leningrad television studio. It has only been published once so far. Inspired by JRR Tolkien’s legendary Lord of the Rings books, the production was directed by Natalya Serebryakova. The cast and the distribution of roles were as follows:
– Viktor Kostetsky (Gandalf)
– Georgy Shtil (Bilbo)
– Valery Dyachenko (Frodo)
– Elena Solovey (Galadriel)
The two-part adaptation of Lord of the Rings is on YouTube!
The reappearment of the Lord of the Rings series, which was a TV adaptation during the Soviet era, was not expected. While many people think that these copies have disappeared; Russia’s 5th President. His channel suddenly uploaded the two-part television movie to the YouTube platform for free.
You can watch the first episode of the Lord of the Rings adaptation, adapted in the Soviet Union, here:
The second episode of The Lord of the Rings, shot in Russian, is here:
And how do you like the Lord of the Rings movies that suddenly appear years later? Of course, it wouldn’t be right to compare it to Peter Jackson’s legendary series. However, you can still share your ideas about the production design and details of the film.