Those are the Lord of the Rings heroes we all know but probably never had seen them like this before. In Soviet Russia they had that book too, it was not a full trilogy but illustrations were made by a local artist and look very different from the ones there were in the Western World. Can you guess all of the characters depicted here? The hint, the one on the cover is Bilbo.
They have a Russian map!
“The Unexpected Guests”
“The Lamb Stake”
“Thru the Mountain and under the Mountain”
“The Mysteries in the Dark”
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”.
More than that, long before Peter Jackson has finished the movie based on the trilogy they had some Soviet low-budget “Hobbit” movie broadcasted to entertain Soviet children. Some moments of those you can see on those videos too:
And there is the question again – can you tell who is who in those?