02 April 2011

English Russia:
Russian Illustrations for The Hobbit

English Russia has posted some wonderful, homey illustrations from a Soviet-era copy of The Hobbit. I especially love this quote from the site:

They say that later, nowadays, when they wanted to publish a new edition of the Lord of the Rings in Russian they asked one of the notable illustrators to make new sketches to go with the book but he refused telling them: “I can’t beat the class of that old Soviet artist whose works were so enchanting to any Soviet kid”.

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