Watch the long-lost campy Soviet version of The Lord of the Rings

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While fans JRR Tolkien Lord of the Rings saga Wait for Mega-rs amazon series, They may indulge in a campier version of the famous fictional story. If you love funny movies from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax, You have to appreciate the shy goodness of the 1991 Soviet television version of the LOTR trilogy.

From school-play-style costumes to home computer-like special effects, this is a strange nostalgia as far away from director Peter Jackson’s Hollywood trilogy as Moscow is from Middle-earth.

The TV film, which aired on Soviet TV in 1991, then disappeared, yet to be seen again, reports the Guardian newspaper. According to the newspaper’s report, it aired on Leningrad Television, and was posted on YouTube by 5TV, the successor of Leningrad Television.

Tolkien fans who don’t understand Russian can still find out who and what. Some fond of werewems, Gandalf can use a banging trim, and the less it can be said the better — Frodo’s furry-yet-hoofed legs (scroll down to 2:09 in the first video). Sitting through the whole thing feels like a punishment worth rounding up. But if you are a LOTR perfectionist, or just a fan of campy cinema, this is definitely a skim.

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