The 1978 animated movie and Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning early-2000s epic are not the only film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless classic “The Lord of the Rings.” Though dramatically lacking in production quality, a version of the fantasy epic was created in the Soviet Union prior to its fall and was thought to have been lost until just recently.
The made-for-TV film was created in 1991 and is “the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed to have been made in the Soviet Union,” according to The Guardian.
“Aired 10 years before the release of the first installment 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,” reported the outlet. “The score, composed by Andrei Romanov of the rock band Akvarium, also lends a distinctly Soviet ambience to the