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Последний кольценосец summary Последний кольценосец, series Последний кольценосец, book Последний кольценосец, pdf Последний кольценосец, Последний кольценосец 7c21bf3ab2 More Than Years Ago Russian Scientist Kirill Yeskov Tried To Settle Certain Geographical Problems In Tolkien S Fantasy World One Thing Led To Another, And He Tackled A Bigger Project What If We Assumed That It S No Less Real Than Our World His Conclusion Was That In Such A Case, The Story Of The Ring Of Power Is Most Likely A Much Altered Heroic Retelling Of A Major War But What Was That War Really About The Result Of This Re Appraisal Was The Publication In Of The Last Ring Bearer A Re Thinking Of Tolkien S Story In Real World Terms Dr Yeskov, A Professional Paleontologist Whose Job Is Reconstructing Long Extinct Organisms And Their Way Of Life From Fossil Remnants, Performs Essentially The Same Feat In The Last Ring Bearer, Reconstructing The Real World Of Tolkien S Arda From The Lord Of The Rings The Heroic Tales Of The Free Men Of The West Written In That World We Have A Pretty Good Idea How Well Heroic Tales Map To Reality From Our Own World Yisroel Markov, Translator

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    Saying that The Last Ringbearer is The Lord of the Rings told from Mordor s point of view is not entirely accurate True, the principal characters are an army medic and scout of Mordor and an erstwhile Ranger of Ithilien but all the action takes place after the War of the Ring Middle Earth is recast as Europe during the Cold War, with Gondor and Mordor assuming the roles of the superpowers The magic of Tolkien s vision becomes window dressing, and the novel reads like John Le Carr fanfic than Tolkien.Essential plot The War of the Ring erupts between Mordor ruled by Sauron VIII and Gondor ruled by Denethor of the Anarion Dynasty primarily because Gondor wants to choke off Mordor s trade routes and reduce it to vassalage More fundamentally, the Elves and the Wizards are using Gondor to destroy the growing power of technology, which threatens to destroy the traditional balance of Nature and power in the world Eskov s background as a scientist and enthusiasm for technology comes through clearly in his description of Barad Dur that amazing city of alchemists and poets, mechanics and astronomers, philosophers and physicians, the heart of the only civilization in Middle Earth to bet on rational knowledge and bravely pitch its barely adolescent technology against ancient magic Chapter 2 The last survivor of the Order of the Nazgul tasks Haladdin and Tzerlag with destroying the Mirror of Galadriel and the palantiri, which will close off the world of the Elves the Far West and prevent them from enslaving Man and condemning the world to an eternal Dark Age In order to destroy the Mirror, Haladdin and Tzerlag must acquire two palantiri, bring one into the presence of the Mirror, simultaneously throwing the other into the fires of Orodruin Mt Doom The remainder of the novel is a confusing account of their efforts to fulfill the mission divided into four parts that focus on various aspects of the quest Part I sets up the quest Part II recounts Haladdin s and Tzerlag s efforts to acquire some Seeing Stones and introduces us to the Machiavellian politics of Gondor Aragorn has spared Faramir s life but he and Eowyn live under house arrest in Ithilien Aragorn is trying to get out from under the Elves thumb represented by Arwen, who is his nominal wife but whose presence in Minas Tirith is to ensure that Men don t get out of control Part III is as far as I can tell a largely pointless diversion to Umbar, where Tangorn the Ithilien Ranger mentioned above has to do something to advance the cause I m not sure why Tangorn has to be in Umbar or what the consequences of his actions are but this is the most Le Carresque section of the novel and the hardest to get through Part IV moves to Dol Guldur and Lothlorien, and Haladdin s ultimate success in destroying the Mirror.There s an Epilogue written in light of the utterly mundane world that results and has some amusing asides, e.g., Eomer becomes a religious fanatic of a heretical Harad sect and dies fighting in the South.As a piece of literature, The Last Ringbearer fails at nearly every level Stylistically, it s all over the map In some places, Eskov attempts to write in a lyrical style emulating Tolkien but the results are not good I reproduce my favorite of the many overwrought and unintentionally comic stabs at description The shrimp were excellent They sat on the tin plate like battle ready triremes on the dim morning surface of the Barangar Bay spiky rostrums in the tangle of rigging feelers threatening the enemy, oars feet hugging the body, just like they should in preparation for boarding Chapter 36 Even worse than having the author point out what concrete objects the metaphor is referring to is that this aside serves no point in the narrative.Other times, Eskov writes in a colloquial, 21st century idiom that jarringly plops this reader back into his easy chair before jerking him once again into Middle Earth I can open the book at random and find numerous examples As when Aragorn kills the Commander South aka the Witch King of Angmar Of course they won t, laughed the Dunadan, since they will be kneeling before the new King of Gondor I beat you in an honest fight, one on one so it shall be written in all the history books As for you, they won t even remember your name I ll make sure of that Actually, he stopped in midstride, hunting for the stirrup, we can make it even interesting let you be killed by a midget, some tiny little dwarf with hairy paws Or by a broad yes, that s how we ll do it Chapter 7 Or in Umbar The fat man shook and sweated, but remained silent Having no time to spare at any moment someone might start breaking down the door Jacuzzi sic made his proposition short and to the point Ten seconds to think about it Then I ll start counting to five, breaking a finger at each count On the count of six I ll cut your throat with this razor Look in my eyes do I look like I m joking You re from the Secret Service, right the Senior Inspector mumbled mournfully, gray with terror It was clear as day that he had not earned his stripes capturing criminals in the Kharmian Village slums Chapter 51 Or this conversation between two Elves Clofoel of the World You re under arrest for treason Stand against the wall They stood facing each other, the Mirror between them the clofoel of Tranquility had his sword out he was not about to give that snake any chances, she was mortally dangerous as it was Unclip the dagger from your belt now the stiletto in your left sleeve Kick them away with your foot Now, we ll talk The magic object that Star fool s dancers can t find is attached to the bottom of the table, right One has to drop on all fours before the Mirror to see it surely no one will think of that It s impossible to find it magically the dancers are like a dog that has to find a perfumed handkerchief hidden in a sack of crushed pepper An excellent idea, my compliments By the way, what is it A palantir Whoa He apparently never expected that Whose gift is it the Enemy s No, Aragorn s What the hell are you talking about Chapter 66 The attempt to create distinct and memorable characters also falls flat The most successful effort relatively in that direction is Tangorn, who s given some background and a love interest a high priced hetaira in Umbar Haladdin, who you would expect to be the central character, practically disappears from the narrative after Part I, and only takes center stage again in Part IV when he orders a poor Troll off on a suicide mission and throws the palantir into Mt Doom.Eskov is equally ham handed at creating a sense of menace or moral evil in his bad guys Case in point is an utterly gratuitous gang rape and murder that establishes the villainous bona fides of Marandil, Gondor s chief of station in Umbar To Eskov s credit, the whole vile episode happens off stage but it still reads wrong The biggest sin committed by Eskov, however, is that he misses the point of The Lord of the Rings and myth in general I have read the translation of his blog post, where he laments at the unreality of Middle Earth s geography and wanted to make it something that could have actually existed but that s beside the point and, in this case, reduces it to a novel of the Cold War But that a limited view of what s real Myths don t have to conform to the latest meteorological theories if our Hero has to cross a blazing desert to find his Princess, then he rides from the Forest of Broceliande to the Sands of Araby in a couple of days And myths aren t meant to reflect the real world As Ursula Le Guin writes in From Elfland to Poughkeepsie A fantasy is a journey It is a journey into the subconscious mind, just as psychoanalysis is Like psychoanalysis, it can be dangerous and it will change you emphasis in the original The Lord of the Rings addresses so many issues the struggle between doing what s right and resisting what s wrong when you don t know the correct path, the responsibilities of friendship, the promise of redemption, etc that when it is reduced to a spy thriller, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.I have no problem with de mythologizing LotR though I m not sure what the point would be but if you re going to reject the fantasy you have to reject all the fantasy, which Eskov does not do He removes the magic he doesn t need and keeps only what s necessary to justify his storyline.A retelling of the War of the Ring retains the mythic fantastic elements of Middle Earth but would look at it from another s POV or recast the myth into a different tradition For example, an author could keep the essentially Christian Good Evil ethic but tell it from an Orc s point of view, or Gollum s, or a Haradrim s as Sam himself asks in The Two Towers on seeing a dead Haradrim, He wondered what the man s name was and where he came from and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit Tolkien toys with this in Aldarion and Erendis and in the fragment Tal Elmar Another option would be to recast Middle Earth in terms of another tradition, e.g., Ancient Greece The Greeks pre Socratic certainly were largely uninterested in our conceptions of Good and Evil, theirs was a mythology of Heroes The analogy can only be pushed so far but in this vision, Boromir would be an Achilles figure Gandalf would be Odysseus, the trickster and the Witch King would be Hector Or, as in Antigone, we could represent the War as a conflict between two admirable but incompatible visions of the good life Eskov fumbles with this in the theme of preserving a natural, spiritual way of life vs the science modernism and rationalism of Mordor but his clear preference for the latter makes the former a caricature.In the end, I can t recommend The Last Ringbearer to anyone It s a failed experiment that misses Tolkien s purpose in writing The Lord of the Rings, offering no deeper understanding of that purpose nor anything to replace it This brings up a pedantic point but there are curious lapses in Eskov s understanding of the original story Anarion was the younger son of Elendil and his son was the first king of Gondor The Stewards were descended from H rin, the steward of Minardil, and thus of the House of H rin.Eskov also seems to believe that Middle Earth is an alternate Earth when it is, of course, our Earth If our myths of Atlantis are a much distorted understanding of the Drowning of Numenor, then the First Age ended around 13,000 BC, Numenor fell around 10,000 BC and the War of the Ring was fought around 6,000 BC And talk about realism The drowning of Beleriand was obviously caused by rising sea levels when the last Ice Age ended Cf., Ralph Bakshi s Wizards Also to Eskov s credit is that he does not make the mistake of writing sex scenes I m reminded of a creative writing class I took as an undergraduate I wrote a couple of short stories as SF or Fantasy and the teacher a grad student asked the very appropriate question Why What is it about your story that requires a nonrealistic setting This was before I had done much reading in mythic fantastic criticism, including Le Guin s essay, so I didn t have a good answer but I think now I would say that I wrote in a fantastic style because I liked the genre Le Guin makes a distinction in the Elfland essay between daydreaming TLR and dreaming LotR I was daydreaming not mythologizing.This brings up yet another reason why I m not taken with Joe Abercrombie s work There re daydreams with mythical trappings that could just as easily take place in Renaissance Italy or a thoroughly modern 21st Century In Steven Erikson s work, by contrast and to bring in an author whose style is very far from Tolkien s , the myth is integral to the story Many scenes in the Malazan Book of the Fallen could be characterized as daydream but he also steps between Mundania and Faerie when he passes from the gritty realism of assassins stalking the night or the comic banter of Tehol and Bugg to the Warrens or Kruppe s dreams, where every word carries portentous weight And if the journey of Tavore and the Bonehunters isn t primal myth then I don t know what is.FINAL NOTE I couldn t figure out where to put this thought above but my GR Friend Tatiana in the comments below mentions that Orc is not so much a biological category as a category of behavior, which reminded me of one of the many scenes in Jackson s film version that really bothered me The scene where Aragorn cuts off the head of the Mouth of Sauron My first reaction was exactly that This is how an Orc would react, not a Man of the West, and certainly not the Heir of Isildur In the book this scene is so much subtle and brilliant and the Mouth is cowed without a single violent gesture.

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    UPDATE A lot of the negative reviews of this book seem to be based on people not being able to deal with the author s very clever undercutting of long held assumptions about who were the good guys in The Lord of the Rings I found the text lively in terms of plot, inventive in terms of literature, and incisive in terms of geopolitics A second reading was even better than the first go round.ORIGINAL REVIEW This is a cut way above your typical fan fiction, satire, and fantasy lit in general The author has overturned most every assumption we formed as juvenile LOTR readers, by applying the political lens of Howard Zinn A People s History of Middle Earth with the sardonic wit of David Lodge and Gore Vidal And there s a lot of added value, beyond the revisionism and the cynicism, in many original characters and scenes with little dependence on the original I d be very interested to see what this writer would create on his own, because the literary talent on display is impressive Highly recommended if you ever read Tolkien.

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    Note reading fan translation issued as a free PDF.http ymarkov.livejournal.com 270570Great fun a revisionist Lord of the Rings set after the defeat of Mordor, in which two Mordorians the Orc Ranger Tzerlag and Umbarian Field Medic Haladdin embark on a desperate plan to save their homeland and the world from Elvish domination, against a backdrop of power plays by Aragorn, Faramir, Galadriel and other familiar characters.Enjoyable for a shades of grey morality and the endless scheming of different factions in Gondor, Umbar and Lothlorien, the book is written partly as war story and partly as spy thriller particularly book three, a convoluted battle of wits set in Umbar s capital city Yeskov has fun playing with the familiar orcs, trolls, elves and Nazgul but resists a simple moral inversion while the first book introduces a Mordor that is a bastion of scientific progress in a world of barbarians, pitted against an expansionist Gondor, this soon broken down as the intrigue kicks in and we learn about the nations involved and Aragorn, introduced as a ruthless scoundrel, develops quietly in the background into a competent and intelligent ruler.The main focus of the book, however, is on new characters Tzerlag, Haladdin and Baron Tangorn, with a wide supporting cast drawn from across the reimagined Middle Earth a world alive with peoples and nations who have their own ambitions, religions and prejucides The viewpoint skips around dozens of the minor characters, allowing detailed insight into this fully developed world and occasionally pulling back to an unnamed historian narrator who details the causes of the War of the Ring which include a disastrous agricultural policy which left Mordor barren and dependent on imports to feed itself and summaries of the major battles Yeskov also has fun with a couple of LotR s quirks Faramir and Eowyn s marriage and departure to Ithilien becomes a major part of the plot rather than a simple tying up of loose ends, while Celeborn s uselessness compared to the dynamic Galadriel is also winked at.Extremely engaging, and a fun twist on Tolkein s world and the fantasy tropes it introduced Final note there are some grammatical errors and awkward sentences, but considering that this a freely distributed fan translation, commendably few and the translator, Yisroel Markov, is working on an update and has already issued a few errata.

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    I thought this was a ripping good tale It retells the LoTR from the perspective of Mordor and with a realist spin on the world Real politick is injected into Middle Earth and informs the actions of the nation states Events aren t driven by some abstract sense of good and evil, but by realistic people making rational decisions in their own self interest It gives the story a much compelling thrust in my opinion In this retelling orcs aren t doing evil for evil s sake AKA The Skeletor Morality In fact orcs are just humans caught on the wrong side of history, dehumanized to make the war appear just.The story is about a daring mission to cripple the power and magic of the elves, who are portrayed as aspiring world conquerers and rabidly anti technology, technology that Mordor was developing at an astonishing pace The story takes place of a wide range of Middle Earth territory, exploring lands and peoples that Tolkien paid little to no attention to in the original trilogy I think Eskov did a fantastic job instilling unique culture and characters into these regions It made Middle Earth seem much deeper and richer in content Where Tolkien offered a very narrow view of the world tied to the Fellowship s perspectives Eskov populates his story with a wide range of views from both sides.At the end of the day, if you like stories that subvert the original source material you ll like this If you enjoy realistic takes on fantasy settings you ll like this If you liked the original trilogy and are willing to accept this is written with a different tone and style you ll like this If you are expecting this to be a magnificent compliment to the original trilogy the next great Russian novel you need to readjust your expectations to the real world and just appreciate this book for the interesting story and thought experiment that it is.

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    I made the mistake of trying to read The Last Ringbearer I will say that the book is priced appropriately, it s free And that s the extent of the good When I read the puff piece in Salon I should have known that the book would be as epically awful as the review was ecstatic, but I was so taken by the idea that I had to read it anyway.The basic idea is a re telling of the War of the Ring from the other side OK, excellent start If you read Tolkien in anything but a facile way there is room for moral ambiguity in the tale there are several scenes throughout LotR and The Hobbit where you hear Orcs talking amongst themselves and they really sound no harmful than a bunch of drunken English soccer hooligans, which leads anyone to ask Are they really bad or just badly ruled , and I was hopeful that we would get just that, a story where we find the rest of the tale Unfortunately what we get is an angry polemic.The problem, I think, starts with a fundamental misunderstanding of what Tolkien is doing He s writing Norse mythology in all its heroic glory he doesn t even disguise this in the backgrounding materials, the story of creation in The Silmarillion could come right out of one of Agricola s collections So while he does leave room for moral ambiguity throughout the tale, it s still the epic hero s journey, and it s most moving passages are just those that come straight out of mythology The Battle of the Pelennor, for example It s not a didactic tale And this is my first problem with The Last Ringbearer, it s a strictly didactic exercise And infinitely simplistic than LotR s detractors like to claim that it is There is zero room for any moral ambiguity in this retelling The characters are all paper cutouts it s not even fair to call them cardboard because they don t even have that much depth and the plot itself one dimensional Maybe half dimensional And this leads to my second problemIt s a neocon s wet dream Middle Earth has been reengineered to reflect Sam Harris insanity The good, holy, democratic forces of enlightenment technology and their philosopher king, Sauron VIII, are unfairly picked on by their superstitious, religious neighbours who decide to kill them all And Yeskov leaves no doubts in your minds here, the enlightened Mordorians have a parliament, advanced technology, medicine, etc and the ignoranti live in their palaces of logs The wizards and the evil elves conspire to cut off Mordor s food supplies just how they would do that given that the they can only enforce an embargo on one of Mordor s borders the author doesn t get to in the 150 or so pages I read and starve the heroic forces of social democracy to death So, you see, Sauron has no choice, he has to attack and kill Mordor s enemies It s not their fault If the author had any sense of irony this might not have been so big a hurdle for me to get over But there s not even a smidgeon of irony in spite of the fact that his tale boils down to enlightened social democracy depleting the resources of its own land and attacking the rest of the world to keep the flow of raw materials coming in Even in retelling the Battle of the Pelennor omer takes a break to give his army a religious speech to fortify their courage And so the heroic, and vastly outnumbered, armies of Mordor nearly beat the forces of darkness But in the end religion is just too much to overcome.My last problem in the section of the book I managed to get through before stopping is the endless narrative lectures Don t get me wrong, the spadework underlying a story is important, but we readers don t need to read it Now some of the spadework is important to the story for example the part of the tale where the Mordorians agricultural schemes destroy the arable land is an important plot point But the endless narrative lectures about Mordorian democracy, the glories of Barad Dur, etc are a grand waste of time It makes reading the tale a chore for all but the most dedicated irreligious fundamentalists Who probably spend most of their reading time either pumping their fists or pumping themselves.

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    I want to thank Terence for putting his soul in my soul s stead, so to speak, by finding and reading this book for me, so I don t have to His analysis is so accurate and detailed though I did bite the bullet and read it myself last night that I won t even try to go into any depth about it, other than to say I completely agree that this isn t worth reading, and that the story isn t really worthy of the grandeur of the setting, and could easily have been set in any other fictional world like Dumas France or indeed Le Carre s England.But, for me there s a but, because I read the guy s article about why he wrote it first, and came to like him from that, I read it not as I read a book by a new author but something like the way I d read fanfic written by a friend, with much, much lower expectations, in other words, and on that level I found it clever and funny I interpreted the over the top metaphors as deliberate parodies of pot boiler writing style, and cracked up about them The juxtaposition of spy thriller style with Tolkien characters I found fairly entertaining for most of the book.I did have a hard time keeping the characters straight mostly because their internal voices seemed identical to each other man, troll, or orc The creepy attitude toward women is what I m guessing bad potboilers display, since the main love interest is very clever and powerful, and not a dumb blonde type, so it doesn t seem to be coming from the author.There was one theme with which I did resonate, and which made me feel that some book of this sort this wasn t out of place namely Tolkien didn t like technology, or rather, he liked technology right up to what existed I m guessing in rural England in the time of his youth waterwheels, wheelbarrows, hand tools, umbrellas, and not at all anything that came later such as the internal combustion engine for those of us without handy waterfalls He was quite against, say, the use of bombers in WW2, and thought the very idea was horrific, like the winged mounts of the Nazgul or something, as he wrote to his son Christopher.And that needs an answer, I think All the baddies in Tolkien s books use engines, steam, higher technology, and the goodguys have magic, sweetly babbling brooks, and such for their weapons of defense Our world here has definitely plumped for the higher tech vision, and I wouldn t have it any other way So I liked the fact that science, which is really such a glorious pursuit, so much higher than the magic which was its predecessor in power in our human minds, perhaps, I liked that it was cast as the good guy in this manuscript.As for the rest, well I spent one night at it and didn t count it wasted I think this was way better than, say, David Brin whose dreck I tried to wade through a while back a terrible writer But I can t actually recommend it to anyone else As an amusement between friends I thought it was funny and clever I did want to know what happened But compared with real books by real writers, not so much.

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    I am humbled by the amount of love and devotion it takes to 1 Write a novel length transformational derivative work 2 Translate it into another language This is one of the books I read for the Good Books panel at FOGcon I would not have if it hadn t been an assignment , and I m glad I did It is interesting and varied There is a story about strategic war decisions, and a story about spycraft, and a story about weapons design, and a palace intrigue story, and an overarching story of competing technologies and the virtue of persistence and redundant planning.At times, I was reminded of WWII desert rat movies, and of Robert Jordan, and Tom Clancy, and the Scarlet Pimpernel, and Churchill This is a good thing.Like all the best transformational literature, it is a good story in itself, and it inverts and twists your understanding of the original text And I will confess I only sort of love the original text I read it once, when I was that age, but never really felt called to go back to it A lot of what I was thinking about when I read it was the movies, which also worked.This is a like the Middle Earth version of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.I have a lot of thinkful thoughts about the racial representations, and history being written by the victors, and resistance movements, but I think I will handwave at them for now.A note on the translation I don t read Russian, so I have no idea how true it is to tone and quality, but the language is very very unlike Tolkien, probably deliberately It is colloquial and modern, which suits the pov of the characters as not deliberately embracing archaic and courtly language There are a couple times when I was thrown out of the text by you guys type things, but it was not a dealbreaker by any means, and on the whole, I did not spend all my time thinking about the fact that this was a text in translation.Read if You liked the original and or war books this is absolutely a war book, and war is hell You wonder about the motivations of the elves You wanted a less valorous and courtly world You would like to read about metaphysics.Skip if You will be put out that neither the elves nor Aragorn appear in a very nice light You hate political intrigue novels You dislike sprawling multi storyline stories.Notes If you are going to read this, get a GOOD Middle Earth map You ll thank me later I have converted this to.epub The diacriticals got lost, but otherwise I am pretty happy with it If you can t read.pdfs on your mobile device, let me know, and I will give you the epub

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    Absolutely brilliant We ve all heard that history is written by the victor Well, imagine that The Lord of the Rings is a historical text written by the victors in the War of the Ring, and imagine that the absolute Good vs Evil depicted in TLOTR is nothing but propaganda written by said victors to excuse justify their acts Russian scientist and author Kirill Eskov has written a brilliant reimagining of the War of the Ring and the time following the defeat of Morder from the point of view of the Mordorians and their allies In this brilliant tale, orcs and trolls are merely other races of humans, and the notion of referring to them as horned, clawed, evil monsters was merely a way of justifying the final solution to the Mordorian problem Gandalf and Aragorn are power hungry, manipulative types, who will do anything to control Middle Earth They come from the backwards, superstitious North where magic allows them to rule the day, and they are threatened by the advances in science and technology not to mention rational thinking coming from the land of Mordor, where an industrial revolution is burgeoning They make a rather foolish alliance with the Elves who are, in fact, scheming to control all of mankind in order to affect their final solution The tale of The Last Ringbearer begins as the survivors of the genocide in Morder come together to form a resistanceI read the English translation by Yisroel Markov which can be downloaded for free It s quite a great translation, although while Markov has an impressive vocabulary and is accurately able to express Eskov s wit in English, he has some trouble with the past perfect and present prefect tenses, so that every now and then the reader is reminded that this translation was not done by a native English speaker I m an English teacher, so this sort of thing jumps out at me, although it did not affect my enjoyment of the book I would like to read the original Russian version at some point It should be noted that this book will make a lot sense to those who have read Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings or who have at least seen the movies For someone who is unfamiliar with TLOTR, this book would undoubtedly be difficult to follow.

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    It s probably a good idea to read the author s essay on Salon.com before tackling this book He s a Russian geologist or palaeontologist or something and wrote it because he was puzzling over some geological oddities of Middle Earth i.e., single continent but no mid continent mountain range, and also what s on the rest of the map south and east of Morder that you never see The first part, where LoTR is recapped from the Mordorians perspective, was interesting and rather creative who knew it was all a plot by the elves to take over Middle Earth , but then it turns into a military spy thriller and I got bored with it Not really my genre Some people have called it fanfic, but I m not sure it qualifies as that since it s actually been published and won a couple of awards in Russia The translation was done by someone in their spare time, just because they thought it was interesting, so no professional editing, which it would have benefited from for example, the tense shifts all over the place, which drove me crazy Presumably it isn t this way in the award winning original Russian If you like Tolkien, military oriented fantasy, and John Le Carre Co., you ll probably enjoy it Since I only like the first of those three things, I didn t get much out of it and in fact didn t finish it.

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    Genial la historia de la Guerra del Anillo desde un punto de vista totalmente original, y genial tambi n el tono de la novela fresco, ir nico, un poco par dico, pero sin pasarse La historia se sostiene por s sola, no nicamente por ser una revisi n de otra historia ya contada Y mucha trama de espionaje, no s si he visto de verdad o solo he querido ver un homenaje a las novelas de esp as, tipo Le Carr o Forsyth Igual son cosas m as.

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