In the last few years I have found it more interesting to deal with living children than with extinct arthropods — I teach electives in high school, summer and winter supplemental courses, etc. I wrote a couple of textbooks, got involved in creating a new natural history school curriculum; if I had to state a preference, it is precisely those activities that I consider my most important. Do you get the picture? On the other hand, I can somewhat understand the feelings of "professional" Tolkien fans who foolishly parted with their money to buy this… this… whatever. This is not unlike some teenager, besotted with pirate fiction, tricked by the "Corsair" title into buying a book by a certain G. Byron, and then inveighing on the net: "Total baloney — loads of stupid love stories and not one decent boarding!
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True, the principal characters are an army medic and scout of Mordor and an erstwhile Ranger of Ithilien but all the action takes place after the War of the Ring. More fundamentally, the Elves and the Wizards are using Gondor to destroy the growing power of technology, which threatens to destroy the traditional balance of Nature and power in the world. In order to destroy the Mirror, Haladdin and Tzerlag must acquire two palantiri, bring one into the presence of the Mirror, simultaneously throwing the other into the fires of Orodruin Mt.
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. Part I sets up the quest.
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. As a piece of literature, The Last Ringbearer fails at nearly every level. In some places, Eskov attempts to write in a lyrical style — emulating Tolkien? They sat on the tin plate like battle-ready triremes on the dim morning surface of the Barangar Bay: spiky rostrums in the tangle of rigging feelers threatening the enemy, oars feet hugging the body, just like they should in preparation for boarding.
Other times, Eskov writes in a colloquial, 21st-century idiom that jarringly plops this reader back into his easy chair before jerking him once again into Middle Earth. I beat you in an honest fight, one on one — so it shall be written in all the history books. It was clear as day that he had not earned his stripes capturing criminals in the Kharmian Village slums. Stand against the wall! Kick them away with your foot!
One has to drop on all fours before the Mirror to see it — surely no one will think of that. An excellent idea, my compliments! By the way, what is it? Haladdin, who you would expect to be the central character, practically disappears from the narrative after Part I, and only takes center stage again in Part IV when he orders a poor Troll off on a suicide mission and throws the palantir into Mt. Eskov is equally ham handed at creating a sense of menace or moral evil in his bad guys.
It is a journey into the subconscious mind, just as psychoanalysis is. Like psychoanalysis, it can be dangerous; and it will change you" emphasis in the original. The Greeks pre-Socratic certainly were largely uninterested in our conceptions of Good and Evil, theirs was a mythology of Heroes.
The analogy can only be pushed so far but in this vision, Boromir would be an Achilles figure; Gandalf would be Odysseus, the trickster; and the Witch King would be Hector? Or, as in Antigone, we could represent the War as a conflict between two admirable but incompatible visions of the good life. Eskov fumbles with this in the theme of preserving a more natural, spiritual way of life vs. Anarion was the younger son of Elendil and his son was the first king of Gondor.
Eskov also seems to believe that Middle Earth is an alternate Earth when it is, of course, our Earth. And talk about realism — The drowning of Beleriand was obviously caused by rising sea levels when the last Ice Age ended.
I wrote a couple of short stories as SF or Fantasy and the teacher a grad student asked the very appropriate question — Why? What is it about your story that requires a nonrealistic setting? My first reaction was exactly that — This is how an Orc would react, not a Man of the West, and certainly not the Heir of Isildur.
In the book this scene is so much more subtle and brilliant and the Mouth is cowed without a single violent gesture.
Free Kirill Yeskov! But be quick. But apparently the novel is a huge success in Russia and has done well everywhere it has appeared. Based on the premise that history is written by the victors, The Last Ring-Bearer views The Lord of the Rings as heroic propaganda and seeks to re-imagine what really happened. Mordor is a pluralistic society where men, orcs and trolls live in harmony. Gandalf, Aragorn and the elves, seeking to preserve feudal power against the promise of an emerging industrial society in Mordor, are the principle villains.
Free Kirill Yeskov! LOTR fans deserve to see ‘The Last Ring-Bearer’ in English.
In he defended a dissertation for the Candidate of Biological Sciences at the A. He has worked at the institute since As of [update] he had 86 scientific publications. Eskov has discovered several new genera of spiders. Among seven discovered by him in is Kikimora palustris Eskov,  It belongs to the Linyphiidae family, and is found in Russia and Finland. The name translates from Latin as "marsh Kikimora".
The Last Ring Bearer
True, the principal characters are an army medic and scout of Mordor and an erstwhile Ranger of Ithilien but all the action takes place after the War of the Ring. More fundamentally, the Elves and the Wizards are using Gondor to destroy the growing power of technology, which threatens to destroy the traditional balance of Nature and power in the world. In order to destroy the Mirror, Haladdin and Tzerlag must acquire two palantiri, bring one into the presence of the Mirror, simultaneously throwing the other into the fires of Orodruin Mt. 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.