The story describes Mordor as a small, but prosperous and peaceful constitutional monarchy, a land of Free Men that celebrate the institutions of art and science, and which is now on the verge of ushering in an industrial revolution. But the feudal and warlike Gondor and the conservative Elven Kingdoms, whose rule over their lands is enforced their mastery of the ancient art of magic, see Mordor's rapid sociological and technological advancement as a threat to their respective bases of power, and decides that something must be done to put the upstart kingdom back in its place.
Originally written in Russian and published in Russia in 1999, it has been translated and sold in many languages, although the Tolkien estate has prevented the work from being commercially released in English. As such, the English translation can be downloaded for free here.
This work provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Éowyn.
- All Trolls Are Different/Our Orcs Are Different: The Orocuen and Trolls are described as different ethnicities of humans, rather than different races.
- The Atoner: Tangorn, even though all he did wrong was write a report that was misused by others. Eventually gets Redemption Equals Death, but never knows he'd been redeemed. It's that kind of story.
- Black and Nerdy: Halladin. Sort of; his people's appearance does not fully correlate to any modern Earth race.
- City of Spies: Umbar.
- Demonization: Of Elves, Valar, and magic in general.
- The Dung Ages: Gondor and Rohan, especially if compared to enlightened Mordor.
- Evil Prince: Eloar, who enjoys massacring civilians, including women and children for no reason.
- Fantastic Racism: Elves think of humans like about animals, and value their human allies not more than domestic animals.
- Happiness in Slavery: Sharya-Rana says that many humans will find elves' dominance quite comfortable and pleasant.
- Henpecked Husband: Aragorn is treated by his wife as a mere puppet. He isn't.
- The Magic Goes Away
- Magic Is Evil
- Magic Versus Technology: Thanks to Mordor's embrace of science and rationality, the kingdom have made rapid technological process, to a degree where it is on the crusp of to become a match for the Elves' ancient magic. The Elves doesn't like that idea.
- Necessarily Evil: How Haladdin views himself.
- Our Elves Are Different: Elves are smug, racist, genocidal, and arrogant.
- Perspective Flip: The fic is LotR through the eyes of the orcs.
- The Republic:
- And eventually Gondor.
- Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The narrative is very pro-Enlightenment, in direct contrast with the original book which was actually balanced and held that both mindsets have good and bad sides.
- Scary Black Man: The Haradrim.
- Science Is Good: Mordor is a democratic, highly-enlightened, technology-using human civilisation, and they're the good guys. The Elves, meanwhile, are a bunch of smug, genocidal pricks who want to conquer Arda, enslave or exterminate humanity and stop all progress forever by enforcing their oppressive brand of mysticism. The whole point of the work is an examination of the War of the Ring from Mordor's point of view.
- Screw You, Elves!
- Shining City: Barad-Dûr.
- Written by the Winners: The entire premise. The trope is Invoked in a mean-spirited example by Aragorn, who challenges a Mordorian general to an honorable duel, only to have him shot in the back, quipping "the history books will say you got shot by a midget and a broad".