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“The Last Ringbearer” a retelling of the classic story…
Posted: 21 February 2011 02:42 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I came across this on one of my treks through the interwebz.  It is actually an interesting story.  Written by a Russian biologist, it takes the world for Middle Earth, and retells the War of the Ring from a historical standpoint… sort of.  What the author tries to do is re-interpret the ‘legend’ of the war into a more realistic telling of an ancient conflict whose history was written by the victors.  the author takes the point of view of the “Orocuens” (orcs) a race of nomadic desert dwellers, and their counterparts who built Barad-Dur some 6 centuries earlier to study science, medicine, etc and throw off the yoke of old world magicians and superstitious Warlords.  Interesting…

(The link below leads to a fairly recent translation into English.  Apparently, though published in Russia and several European countries, publishers elsewhere are unwilling/unable to fight the VERY litigious Tolkien Right’s holders and publish the story in English.)

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Anybody out there read this already? I only just started it and am up to chapter three, so don’t feel comfortable explaining much more than is available in the prologue.

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Posted: 22 February 2011 01:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Sounds interesting. I’m not much of a sit-down-at-the-computer-and-read-a-novel sort, though, so probably won’t be reading it. But I’ll keep it in mind in case I ever get the inclination and chance/time.

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Posted: 22 February 2011 06:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Downloaded and lost amongst the 10 gigs of pron on my hard drive…

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Posted: 22 February 2011 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Can’t access as it’s asking me to log into LiveJournal.

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Posted: 23 February 2011 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Smerk - 22 February 2011 11:50 AM

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Posted: 23 February 2011 10:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Interesting.  I’ll have to look at this when I get home and have access to the download.  If it’s anything LOTR it will be great. smile

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Posted: 24 February 2011 05:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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daveprime - 23 February 2011 08:11 PM
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Cheers, Dave!  Added to my eBook to be read at some stage…

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Posted: 08 April 2011 04:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I finished reading this the other day.  It was a pretty good read, other than wishing for two or three more books in the series. (The ending seemed to come rather abruptly for my taste, like the author had a sudden deadline.)  I enjoyed the treatment of the different societies/cultures, esp Harad.  Well worth the time it took. (240+ pages)

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Posted: 09 April 2011 01:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Yeah, I finished reading it a few days as well…I’m wondering if something got a little screwed up in translation at one point, since the characters were treating a rather severe leg wound by using a tourniquet followed by a tampon…

I also found the story a bit hard to follow with the way it jumped about in time and trying to keep the various characters straight.

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Posted: 09 April 2011 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Smerk - 09 April 2011 05:47 AM

Yeah, I finished reading it a few days as well…I’m wondering if something got a little screwed up in translation at one point, since the characters were treating a rather severe leg wound by using a tourniquet followed by a tampon…

I also found the story a bit hard to follow with the way it jumped about in time and trying to keep the various characters straight.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tampon

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