Russian church fights construction of a real LOTR Eye of Sauron

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Feb 12, 2019, 1:00 PM EST (Updated)

Recently, Russian art group Svechenie announced their plan to construct a replica of the "Eye of Sauron" from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and mount it on a Russian skyscraper as a celebration of the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which will likely be the final major motion picture set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth (for a while, anyway). The group would have unveiled their re-creation of Sauron's fiery eye on Dec. 11, but now it seems no one will see it after a public outcry objecting to the display, some of it from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Acccording to Entertainment Weekly, some people weren't happy about the project simply because the Eye is, well, creepy, but the church objected because they consider the display to be a "demonic symbol."

“Such a symbol of the triumph of evil is rising up over the city, becoming practically the highest object in the city,” said Vsevolod Chaplin, head of public affairs for the Russian Orthodox Church. “Is that good or bad? I’m afraid it’s more likely bad. Just don’t be surprised later if something goes wrong with the city.”

Russian news agency RIA Novosti also reported that Moscow City Hall already planned to take the display down if Svechenie unveiled it, so the group was facing quite a bit of official backlash. In response, the group announced that it no longer plans to go ahead with the project, clarifying in a statement to RIA Novosti that the Eye of Sauron display was always intended as a fan celebration and had no "religious or political subtext."

So the Dark Lord of Mordor will not watch over Moscow this December. Maybe next time they should just go with a big hobbit foot.

(Via EW)

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