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Post by malickfan Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:36 pm

A couple of erm...interesting interpretations of Gollum.

from a 1976 Soviey illustrated edition:

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Tove Jansson's from a 1962 illustrated edition of The Hobbit:

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https://wharferj.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/tove-janssons-illustrations-for-the-hobbit/

(LOTR would have played out very differently if that was the Gollum Frodo and Sam travelled with to Mordor...)

Though now I think about it, the weirdest thing about this is Bilbo appears to be wearing pjyamas...

...Which brings me to something else I just realised, in two of Tolkien's own illustrations for The Hobbit, Bilbo appears to be wearing boots:

http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/File:J.R.R._Tolkien_-_Bilbo_woke_with_the_early_sun_in_his_eyes.jpg

http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/File:J.R.R._Tolkien_-_Bilbo_comes_to_the_Huts_of_the_Raft-elves_(II).jpg

https://www.reddit.com/r/tolkienfans/comments/ayuubw/quote_from_tolkien_regarding_the_hobbits_wearing/

...So assuming Bilbo had picked up those boots in Rivendell, should we assume his feet are Elvish sized...

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I think what comes out of a pig's rear end is more akin to what Peejers has given us-Azriel 20/9/2014
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Post by halfwise Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:50 pm

Gollum pictures: urg.

The Bilbo pictures are not high resolution enough to clearly see, so I pulled out my copy and Hammand and Scull.  In the Eagle picture he's very clearly wearing shiny black boots, but in the barrel picture I'd say it looks like bare feet to me: the entire figure is actually black (compare the face to the feet) but I see the features of feet.  Not furry feet, but feet.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:54 pm

{{ My annoted hobbit edition has a ton of illustrations from editions from all over the world- some are very interesting, to say the least! }}

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:37 pm

The first one is kinda cute.
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Post by azriel Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:28 am

Tove Jansson cant get away from Moomins really Smile None of the creatures would frighten me, in fact Id wanna sit down & talk with them & find out "whats up with you ?"

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Post by Forest Shepherd Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:40 pm

Has Lukhimov's stuff been posted on here before?

https://imgur.com/a/JYJSw

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Post by halfwise Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:39 pm

Can't say I'm taken with it.  the Barrow Downs scene looks like it's set in a hallway off a school gymnasium.  Gandalf looks more like a warlock. What I can only assume are elves look like blue space aliens.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:44 pm

{{ I rather like them as stylised interpretations. Is the artist eastern european? Seems an interesting mix to me between Hungarian/Russian style of art and clasic medieval religous styles. But sure Figg could give some more on that. }}

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Post by Forest Shepherd Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:27 am

I'm sure she could. I can find very little about Sergei, the artist. The pieces here are a strange mixture of relatively normal and extremely abstracted. Some of the pieces, like the Battle of Bywater or whatever it was towards the end is pretty realistic looking.
I liked that it tied into the pattern of weird Tolkien-inspired art that we've been on in here.

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Post by azriel Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:20 pm

I like the Medievil other wordly feel, sort of how I felt reading LOTR's.

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