Last year I e-published an English translation of Dr. Kirill Yeskov’s The Last Ringbearer. The work got more publicity than I expected thanks first to a story in The. Kirill Yeskov. The Last Ringbearer. © Kirill Yeskov, [email protected] . © Yisroel Markov (English The Last Ring-bearer. 1. Part I – Vae Victis. The Last Ring Bearer cover image. Click images to enlarge. by: Kirill Yeskov. Books with a 0 star rating (0). Publication Date: April 17, Book Size: 6″ x 9″.
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I suspect that a lot of the problems might be because it is a translation, but as I can’t read Russian, I can’t say for sure.
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.
Yezkov part should have been its own novel, because it only advances the plot a very small amount while kkirill like a piece of self-indulgent spy novel. I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish this one. They come from the backwards, superstitious North where ‘magic’ allows them yhe rule the day, and they are threatened by the advances in science and technology not to mention rational thinking! At times it reads like a documentary. SparrowOct 9, Print paperbackebook. It’s not a fan-fic.
The book is separated into three parts. The book could’ve used a proper editor, but the first thing that would’ve gone would have been the beginning that ties the book with LOTR. Huh, I had yexkov idea that was a Britishism.
However a fan is many, and there was the one who took the trouble of translating the book into English with author’s personal blessing and guidance. Oct 8, Messages: LithoOct 8, If I was more of a LotR fan, perhaps I might have pursued this more. I did have a hard time keeping the characters straight mostly because their internal voices seemed identical to each other man, troll, or orc.
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. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It mixes realism and magical elements with ease.
However, I found that once it got into the original characters and original plot I was lost. The Allies did some pretty horrific things in Europe and Asia, but we rarely hear about them. I loved Tolkien, of course, and would probably have finished Eskov’s book thirty years ago. He works at the institute since More than 15 years ago Russian scientist Kirill Yeskov tried to settle certain geographical problems in Tolkien’s fantasy world.
From this idea, there are some great moments, like when Gandalf is shown to be not the noble hero that Tolkien said he was, but a bigot who advocates for an ethnic cleansing, exterminating the race of Orcs from Middle Earth. The mistakes and typos have been fixed, some clumsy turns of phrase altered although no doubt many remainand about words I’ve missed have been added nothing serious or plot-shaking.
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.
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 yesmov the heroic tales of the Free Men of the West written in that world.
It’s not so much LOTR from Mordorian perspective but a shoddy attempt of spy-military novel which just happens to use some names from the Lord of the Rings. May kirll, As of he had 86 scientific publications. I want to thank Terence for putting his soul in my soul’s stead, so to speak, by finding and reading this book iirill me, so I don’t have to.
Open Preview See a Problem? The concept is b Imagine if The Lord of the Rings is a history book, a history book written by the victors in a civilization ending war.
If you can’t read. My other complaint with the writing style is that it becomes pedantic in sections, taking great pains to teach the reader about this or that aspect of Middle Earth.
I read the English translation by Yisroel Markov which can be downloaded for free. 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. There is zero room for any moral ambiguity in this retelling. Books by Kirill Yeskov.
But compared with real books by real writers, not so much. The work got more publicity than I expected thanks first to a story in The Guardian and then Laura Miller’s sympathetic review in Salon.
Want to Read saving…. I wrote a couple of short stories as SF or Fantasy and the teacher a grad student asked the very appropriate question — Why? I have so little perhaps nothing?
On the one hand this helped reinforce that this novel is an alternative history klrill Lord of the Rings but on the other it also reinforced how the novel did not seem to fit into the Middle Earth world.
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I would do it for free of course, because I love the book, but in my capacity as a professional illustrator I can work with you to come up with something closer to what you see in your heads.
We were given one side of the story by Tolkien.
There’s a realism to this; surely Gondor, Mordor, and the elves all have spy masters that act against one another. And this is my first problem with The Last Ringbearer, it’s a strictly didactic exercise. And while we’re at it: In Eskov’s version ringbeaeer the story, Mordor is described as a peaceful country on the verge of an industrial revolution, that is a yewkov to the war-mongering and imperialistic faction represented by The premise of The Last Ringbearer is the proverb “history is written by the victors”, and that the Tolkien account is just that — the history as dictated by the victorious side.