For those of you who are fans of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, you’ll be interested to know about Kirill Yeskov’s unofficial story of the LOTR from the point of view of the Orcs. Yes, this is the story of The Ring told by the losing side. Yeskov’s book was published in Russia in 1999 and bootleg translations have circulated for years. But last year, Yisroel Markov translated The Last Ringbearer into English with clarity and verve. You can download a free copy here. Laura Miller’s “Middle-Earth According to Mordor” also contains some interesting analysis. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, The Last Ringbearer is worth reading. And next week, the expanded versions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy will be shown at your local Regal theaters. Order your tickets now!