1976: The Soviet “Hobbit” Chris June 29, 2012 1970-1979, Books & ephemera 35 CommentsFavourited 1950 times Add to favourites Piictures by M. Belomlinskij Source: English Russia 35 Responses Lady Crafthole July 15, 2010 Gorgeous! This is making me want to read it again. Reply Donald July 15, 2010 He looks like Mikhail Sergeyevich! Reply Natasha July 15, 2010 This was my first Hobbit book! It’s Bilbo talking to Gandalf,the trolls discussing their dinner, Gollum, the eagles rescuing Bilbo and the Dwarves, Beorn, Bilbo fighting the spiders in Mirkwood, Smaug, Bard slaying Smaug, and the war of the Five Armies. Reply Ingra July 25, 2010 this was great one cartoon in that times!:-) Reply Dave August 15, 2010 Those illustrations look NOTHING like the pictures in my head. I believe I’d prefer the plain text. Thanks. Reply joe May 17, 2011 Bilbo, people’s hero of Soviet Middlearth. Scary Capitalist Giants! Ring wears you! Hairy legs fetishism?!? Reply joe May 17, 2011 Soviety Gandlaf = pimp! Reply Pit13 August 20, 2011 Awesome! Reply wilkie September 4, 2011 These illustrations are great, do you have any idea where you can order poster-quality prints or anything of the like? Reply elisabeth Belomlinsky March 20, 2014 Hi, thank you for your lovely comment! And thanks to retronaut for the post. I’m the daughter of the artist Michael Belomlinsky and you can contact me regarding prints at [email protected] Also if you are interested here is a link to a website featuring more of his work http://www.belyj.com/mb/home/home.html He will be very moved to hear that his work is appreciated and being bloged about in english. Reply HiroProtagonist October 28, 2011 Russian doesn’t easily distinguish between the words “foot” and “leg”, so the Russian translation reads that hobbits have furry legs, not feet–hence the hirsute hobbits in these woodcuts. Reply Anton Rozetsky December 19, 2011 Dear HiroProtagonist, Not so fast. We have different words for “foot” and “leg”. We even have a lot of words for people who talk a lot, but do not think about what. Reply LearnAlbanian December 19, 2011 2 HiroProtagonist “foot” = “stupnya” “leg” = “noga” in russian language Reply Nick December 19, 2011 We (Russians) can easily distinguish between feet and legs but some translators can not Reply Nikone88 December 19, 2011 I am russian… I saw this book. I also thought – pictures strange. For the first time without reading, in my mind were the other characters. Reply Dmitry December 19, 2011 Russians ARE easily distinguish between the words “foot” and “leg”. It’s two diffrernt words – “нога” и “стопа”. This is just inattentive painter. Reply Ivan December 19, 2011 Bilbo looks like soviet actor Leonov, and Gandalf like actor Nikolay Grinko Reply kirpykla December 19, 2011 These illustrations are great. Reply Giraff December 19, 2011 These pictures illustrated a book for children. Nothing more than that. In Soviet Russia there was no chance to create a kid’s cult for adults. Reply Mikhail December 19, 2011 To the brave and wonderful Russian language “experts” here – when you drop, say, an iron – on your foot – do you drop it on your “noga” or your “stopa”? Exactly! There is only one common word for foot/leg, and that’s “noga” – and BTW the artist rendered the images from translated text, so it’s the translator’s “fault” Reply Yury December 20, 2011 Mikhail, an average modern Russian will say neither leg nor foot. He will usually cry about another part of his body. You know what I mean.;-) Reply Xomka December 20, 2011 hmm….last pic is awsome! Orks looks like a drunken russians Reply Anita December 20, 2011 I loved this book as a child, illustrations and all! They created a great atmosphere anyway and I still like them, even though I also like the LTR movies a lot. So I think that for a children’s book here was no harm done whatsoever. Reply Mitrandir December 21, 2011 Well you here didn’t speak, Russian much richer than your English language. This comment to you from Russia with love))) Reply mischael1 December 22, 2011 Hey everybody! In the end, what part of hobbit`s body is covered with fur? Reply Ivan December 24, 2011 Donald July 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm He looks like Mikhail Sergeyevich! —————————– Illustrator made Bilbo as caricature of famous Soviet actor Eugeny Leonov. Reply Alexander Grohot December 25, 2011 Hey, i have this book. Great illustration Reply Misha Sergeevich January 22, 2012 Ебал я вас всех в рот. Russian’s people understand me)))))) Reply viesturs February 8, 2012 Sidjat tut zapad i kidaet svoji tupie stereotipi o ruskih. Da nu ih… ja kogda jem borsh, chitaju gazetu. A oni pod gamburger ljubjat poboltatj o ruskih, hvastajasj drug drugu skolko “mnogo” oni znajut o ruskih. Reply Young Bat February 23, 2012 Great fun! A new vision of the book. But I hope Tolkien got his fee. Reply Lann February 25, 2012 Oh my goodness Gollum reaaly cracked me up! Reply March Hare March 7, 2012 It was a book of my childhood Really this one with those illustrations And I think thats the greatest Except Tolkien’s, of course Reply Sergio August 1, 2012 Hobbit looks like great Soviet actor Evgeniy Leonov http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ru/2/25/EvgeniLeonov.jpg They looks so similar at 6 fig. )) Reply thnidu March 3, 2014 I like these! But the name is Tolk*ie*n: I-E, not e-i (as on the tag). Reply Chuang Shyue Chou March 7, 2014 These are charming! I love them! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.