In the final days of the Soviet Union, a movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was made and aired on Soviet TV, which no one knows about. The movie was thought to be lost, but recently it got found and put up on YouTube for the world to see. The Guardian explains:
The 1991 made-for-TV film, Khraniteli, based on Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, is the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed to have been made in the Soviet Union.
Aired 10 years before the release of the first instalment of Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, the low-budget film appears ripped from another age: the costumes and sets are rudimentary, the special effects are ludicrous, and many of the scenes look more like a theatre production than a feature-length film.