Lost in the last 30 years, a version produced in Soviet Union of the success of JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, was broadcast on YouTube by a TV network.
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The film is a TV adaptation of the first book in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, and is said to be the only one made in the Soviet period in Russia. Many believe the work, which aired 10 years before the Hollywood success directed by Peter Jackson, was lost.
With a duration of 1h50min, the work was published on YouTube in 2 parts, which can be seen on TV channel 5 (part one | part two), successor to Leningrad TV, which aired the film for the first time. One million people have watched the Russian version of the classic since it was released a week ago.
Translations and adaptations of Tolkien’s work in the Soviet Union were difficult, as the work deals with a group of humans, elves and dwarves coming together to subvert the rise of a totalitarian power in the east.
Some characters not portrayed in the Hollywood work are in the Russian one, like Tom Bombadil, who was left out of the American adaptation because the character dragged the story. Before it was published on YouTube by TV 5, the film had aired only once.