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The Last Ringbearer av Kirill Yeskov
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The Last Ringbearer (urspr publ 1999; utgåvan 2010)

av Kirill Yeskov

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A retelling of the Lord of the Rings from the POV of Sauron. *I do not own this book, this is simply a way of having the English translation in a book format as opposed to a .pdf on a screen. I own none of the characters, content or covers attached to this book. If you wish to have a copy, please contact me and I will send you the .pdf as it is not fair for me to make any profit from someone else's work.… (mer)
Medlem:patswanson
Titel:The Last Ringbearer
Författare:Kirill Yeskov
Info:Publisher Unknown, ebook, 251 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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The Last Ringbearer av Kirill Yeskov (Author) (1999)

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    Ringarnas herre av J. R. R. Tolkien (Anonym användare)
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    Banewreaker av Jacqueline Carey (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Both stories recast the basic plot of Lord of the Rings from the "evil" point of view. The Last Ringbearer is directly set in Middle Earth, while Banewreaker (and the other part of the Sundering duology, Godslayer) is in a different setting that features many parallels to Middle Earth.… (mer)
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    Hobbiten av J. R. R. Tolkien (Anonym användare)
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Even if your familiarity with Tolkein's Middle Earth is restricted to watching Peter Jackson's films (which I regard as more worthwhile than the books, at any rate) you will definitely get something from this.

Finally, something to do with the Lord of the Rings universe with which I can engage. Before I was resigned to opining, in a manner which was unwittingly hipster and irritating, "I actually prefer The Silmarillion". It's a re-imagining of the LOTR universe from a stance of rigour which extends beyond the common-room parlour-games of Tolkein's invented languages. Yeskov himself has written an essay explaining why he found it necessary to create this tale which tells of the events in and around the LOTR from the perspective of Mordor. It is no mistake that this work of revisionary fantasy comes from Russia, and parallels with Soviet propaganda, espionage, and the brutality of warfare elevate this far above fan fiction. It is a work of literature in its own right, not quite the Aeneid to Tolkein's Iliad and Odyssey, but not bloody far off it.

Excellent. ( )
  agtgibson | Jan 5, 2021 |
A brilliant idea, but marred by faulty execution. The contemporary tone jars with the original source, and the plot bears no real resemblance to The Lord of the Rings. In the end, a hitches a ride on a much better novel and adds little of its own. ( )
  TimStretton | Mar 19, 2020 |
This is an unauthorised sequel to / alternate history of The Lord Of The Rings, in which Orcs and Trolls are just other races of humans, dehumanised by the other side's propaganda. It has a lot of really interesting ideas in it, and does a wonderful job of fleshing out some parts of Middle-Earth that Tolkien didn't, and tying a radically different reading of the events of LoTR together coherently. The writing is patchy, with some wonderful passages (especially the desert scenes) and some rather clunky parts. Similarly some parts of Yeskov's additions to Middle-Earth feel deliciously alive and fitting, while others are either too blatantly a specific place on our Earth or a set of stereotypes about particular regions and their peoples. At times I got tired of following the multiple levels of spy-versus-spy or court intrigue, but on the whole this was a lot of fun to read. ( )
  eldang | Sep 18, 2019 |
This is not the kind of thing I usually like - What if the good guys were actually the bad guys? - and on top of that it's just not terribly well-written, although it's hard to tell how much of that is an artifact of translation. (Not all of it, I'm sure, but some of it probably is.) What it is is *fascinating,* though, an application of modern geopolitics to The Lord of the Rings. What happens to the story if you start with the baseline assumption that science and technological advancement are good and enforced cultural stagnation is bad? From there you get Mordor and Umbar as the cosmopolitan and intellectual centers of society, much in the style of the Middle East during Europe's Dark Ages, with Gondor as a corrupt backwater and Rohan the backwater of a backwater. The Orcs are not Orcs but humans of a different ethnic background; the Elves are Elves but even more alien and inhuman. As a book it's not terribly successful, and as a piece of fanfiction it's frankly ridiculous, but as a longform stream-of-consciousness what-if game of worldbuilding, it's addictive. And it's an important piece of modern-myth-making-history, which is why I read it in the first place, and why I kept going after the (frankly offputting) first couple of chapters. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jan 28, 2017 |
I read this book a few months ago, and I felt then that it was a harmless bit of fun: reversing good and evil; pointing out that the history books are written by the winners; and playing with Tolkein's apparent hostility to industry.
Looking back, I am wondering if it is all a bit more sinister. However, I can't work out what sort of sinister! Would I need to be a conspiracy theorist? A Stalinist? Anti-semitic? to work out what this book is really about?
I think I'll have to read it again, in a more suspicious mood.
  d.r.halliwell | Mar 9, 2016 |
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Well, there's two sides to every story, or to quote a less banal maxim, history is written by the winners. That's the philosophy behind "The Last Ringbearer," a novel set during and after the end of the War of the Ring (the climactic battle at the end of "The Lord of the Rings") and told from the point of view of the losers. The novel was written by Kirill Yeskov, a Russian paleontologist, and published to acclaim in his homeland in 1999. Translations of the book have also appeared in other European nations, but fear of the vigilant and litigious Tolkien estate has heretofore prevented its publication in English.
tillagd av redsauce | ändraSalon.com, Laura Miller (Feb 15, 2011)
 

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A retelling of the Lord of the Rings from the POV of Sauron. *I do not own this book, this is simply a way of having the English translation in a book format as opposed to a .pdf on a screen. I own none of the characters, content or covers attached to this book. If you wish to have a copy, please contact me and I will send you the .pdf as it is not fair for me to make any profit from someone else's work.

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