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That's awesome!
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:42am

I recognise all of the Tolkien images; the Mountain is iconic, though I've always found the sketch of the dwarves to be highly ridiculous. ^_^

The Swedish one is... actually I don't know what that cover puts me in mind of, but I know I've read a picture-book in exactly that style. Possibly it is the Moomins, but my immediate reaction was Noggin the Nog. Either way, pike-and-shield Bilbo in his nightcap is hilarious. As is Angry Dwarf Concert.

(WTF Gollum count: 1)

The Japanese ones I think show signs of being influenced by the Western artwork - that design of Bag-End is pure John Howe, for instance.

(WTF Gollum count: 2)

Russia, again, reminds me of something, but I don't know what. Possibly the images I've seen from the very first, 12-minute Hobbit film, which was animated in Russia. The shot of the sad dwarves looks like the faculty of Unseen University.

(WTF Gollum count:3)

The Czech one is... er... um... what was the scene were all the dwarves got naked in a river, again? o.O Must've missed that one. I love the little image of Thorin's tomb, though: "coffin, jewel in coffin, sword on top, job done!".

(No Gollum, just some rather violent head-stabbing.)

And the Sendak... can you imagine a Sendak Where the Wild Goblins Are-style Hobbit? I never knew I wanted this. :(


  • Collection of illustrations for The HobbitTomash, Sat Aug 11 2:50pm
    Thought some people might like this.
    • That's awesome! — Huinesoron, Mon Aug 13 7:42am
      • The illustrator for that edition was Tove Jansson, whose most famous work is, er... The Moomins. Yyyyyyyyyyyeah. =]
        • Yeah, no, I know.Huinesoron, Tue Aug 14 3:58am
          But I don't think it is the Moomins, is what I was trying unsuccessfully to say. That cover is absolutely ringing a very strong bell, but I don't know what it is. I want to say Vikings, but that... more
          • Bathing dwarves Hieronymus Graubart, Tue Aug 14 11:10am
            The dwarves bathed at the ford from the Carrock (where the eagles left them) to the eastern bank of the Anduin (from where they proceeded to meet Beorn the were-bear). But "Bilbo summoning a storm"?... more
      • I figured you'd like these.Tomash, Mon Aug 13 12:23pm
        One of my first thoughts when I stumbled onto this was "I know hS will be interested."
    • Aw, these are gorgeousLarfen J. Stocke, esq., Sat Aug 11 11:44pm
      My favourite of these might be the Jansson ones but they're all real cool in their own ways. All the unique versions of Gollum are especially interesting and I like all of them (but especially the... more
      • Yeah, but...Huinesoron, Mon Aug 13 7:45am
        ... the Test Tube of Galadriel, though. XD I like the one of Bilbo walking in the forest - Tolkien would approve - and also the shot of Smaug the Golden over Lake-Town. There's an excellent sense of... more
    • Part of this got linked in chat, and I thought it was worth pointing out to everyone. So, a fellow named Austin McConnell made a video complaining about the storytelling issues he found in Harry... more
    • I've seen some of the Russian ones before.Neshomeh, Sat Aug 11 6:57pm
      Still the strangest. I very much like the Japanese illustrations. They most closely match the Dwarves in my head—though unsurprisingly, the Swedish artist comes in a respectable second place. I ... more
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