Russian church upset by fans’ tribute to Jackson’s latest film

A group of Russian designers have scrapped a planned light installation modelled on the all-seeing evil eye in JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novels after the Russian Orthodox Church protested.

In Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and also in the subsequent Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Eye of Sauron is a giant flaming eye controlled by the “dark lord” Sauron, which allows him to watch anyone who puts on the fateful, power-giving ring.

But the Russian Orthodox Church’s head of public affairs, Vsevolod Chaplin, objected to what he called a “demonic symbol” in an interview with Govorit Moskva radio station.

“Such a symbol of the triumph of evil is rising up over the city, becoming practically the highest object in the city.

“Not wanting any kind of negativity, we are stopping our preparations for the project,” said the group of designers called Svecheniye, posting a picture of Ian McKellen playing wise wizard Gandalf in Jackson’s films.

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