A novel written by a Russian author and published in 1999 tells the story of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ but from the perspective of Sauron. The title of the novel is ‘The Last Ringbearer’ and it is a fantasy story written in Russian language by the writer Kirill Eskov. It is considered to be an informal sequence of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
What makes the Russian story interesting is the statement around which the book is structured, i.e. that Tolkien has offered the story from the point of view of the visitors while Eskov’s account is told from Sauron’s perspective. Thus, Mordor is depicted as a peaceful land on the brink of an industrial revolution. However, Gandalf, who is representative of an imperialistic and warlike wing, sees the country as a threat.
The Russian novel hasn’t been legally published in English but has already been translated in other languages. In fact, several publishing companies have planned to make an English translation of the book but the idea hasn’t been fulfilled so far.