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Illustrations from a 1972 Soviet Edition of The Hobbit

You may recall the cover of this edition of The Hobbit, which was shared in a January post. It’s a quirky take on Bilbo and Smaug that makes going There and Back Again look like a fun little jaunt in the park:

As it turns out, the entire edition is an illustrated edition, chock-full of equally hairy shots of Bilbo’s legs:

and possibly the weirdest Gollum you’ll ever come across:

You’ll have to check out the rest of the ten images at Flavorwire to get the full picture. Do you think your first reading of The Hobbit might have been a bit different if these were the pictures in your mind?

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