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Tolkien Movies (and Audio) You Might Not Know

by Hawke published Oct 13, 2017 10:05 PM, last modified Jul 03, 2018 08:32 AM
We (many of us) already know about the Rankin/Bass and Bakshi films in the 1970s, and of course the Peter Jackson movies in the early 2000s. But did you know about he ones in the mid 1980s and early 1990s from Russia and Finland?

In addition to failed attempts at films (some scary renditions, including The Beatles), the highly sexualized version that rolled into the Excalibur movie, there are released versions on Soviet-era Russian TV, and Finnish TV! (1993)


Finnish Hobitit (1993)




Russian Hobbit (1985)



THE HOBBIT by Gene Deitch (1966)



Mr Bliss

Mr Bliss, in Russian (with Brazilian subtitles) (discussed in our March 2016 meeting: ):







Also worth mentioning, as we have at many of our meetings and moots (conventions):

More Recent Fan Films


The Hunt for Gollum




Born of Hope






Delete Bakshi Scenes


Gandalf Fights Balrog 


Some Additional Fan Films






A fan CGI rendering of the making of the world. Using the audiobook as narration.



Dagor Dagorath

By the same fan above, a CGI rendering of a fan's view of the Valar fighting Morgoth, and the havoc wreaked upon Middle-earth. And many other snippets loosely based on The Silmarillion.





Beren & Luthien (Live-Action, French)




loosely inspired by Beren and Luthien



Tolkien's Road




Lewis and Tolkien Debate Myths and Lies













In Their Own Words British Authors J.R.R. Tolkien Part 1




 In Their Own Words British Authors J.R.R. Tolkien Part 2




JRR TOLKIEN '1892-1973' - A Study Of The Maker Of Middle-earth





 J. R. R. Tolkien discussing The Lord of the Rings (1960s Interview)




 Lost Tolkien Recording from Rotterdam, March 28th, 1958

Information from that event:

Tolkien's letter about it:

Does John D. Rateliff know anything more about it? All of the links to it are defunct, as is also defunct.

This is on a "sketchy" site, but the original appears to have been scrubbed, so this is what I can find so far:


 Additional links to this:



Tolkien audio from 1929?