|Kirill Yeskov (Source: Open Page)|
Russian author, Kirill Yeskov, is a big Tolkien fan. So big, in fact, that in 1999 he wrote and published The Last Ring-Bearer, a look into the evil Lord Sauron’s side of the story. The book begins it’s tale as the ‘free-peoples’ of Middle-Earth fight back against Sauron, and continues past his fall and destruction. Despite it’s opposing view in comparison to Tolkien’s work, Yeskov’s book quickly became a favorite among Russian fantasy-reading fans and caught the attention of translator, Yisroel Markov. His devotion to the book spurred him on to work on an English translation. As he quotes on his live journal page,
The translated English version was then put on the web, and has since been downloaded thousands of times. However, not all that’s well ends well. It seems the Tolkien Estate has something to say about Yeskov’s take on The Lord of the Rings. It seems there could be a strong case for copyright infringement.
The bottom line for The Last Ring-Bearer is that copyright infringement would occur if the book becomes available in English, without permission from the the copyright owner.