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The Hobbit pictures: Alan Lee vs. USSR

aifeme
Rivendell

Dec 17 2011, 8:58pm

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The Hobbit pictures: Alan Lee vs. USSR Can't Post

http://kulturawplot.blox.pl/...rytania-vs-ZSRR.html

Just found this page, there are some scans from '76 USSR edition of The Hobbit and pictures by Alan Lee made around 20 years later.

Very similar or very different? Up to You to judgeWink


Magpie
Immortal


Dec 17 2011, 9:10pm

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I think the remarkableness of the resemblance is being pushed here [In reply to] Can't Post

The only resemblance I see (with a few faint exceptions) are just the context of the scene which is straight from the book. So, if two pictures have a spider and dwarves hanging from trees, we can call it a remarkable resemblance no matter what the style, composition, medium, etc are? Tolkien described that scene. Every person illustrating it is going to draw from Tolkien's description so there is always going to be certain elements in common. Put that aside, and there is very little to compare as a remarkable resemblance, imo.

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aifeme
Rivendell

Dec 17 2011, 9:26pm

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The last sentence was only a figure of speech. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not suggesting anythingSlyJust found it interesting.


Alientraveller
Lorien

Dec 17 2011, 10:48pm

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An interesting contrast between naturalism and stylization [In reply to] Can't Post

A comment in the article notes the artistic similarity between the Russian illustrations and Samurai Jack, one of my favourite cartoons, and one that happens to be created by an animator of Russian descent.



Milknut
Rohan


Dec 17 2011, 10:50pm

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I love them both! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wonderful link. Thank you!

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Xanaseb
Tol Eressea


Dec 17 2011, 11:53pm

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Ooh! Polish website :) [In reply to] Can't Post

...loving these USSR hobbit illustrations

Gollum was FREAKY

and I love Russian Gandalf!

:)


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ByThorinsBeard
Rohan


Dec 18 2011, 6:55pm

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nice to see more of these [In reply to] Can't Post

Some of the Slavic variants were published in the Annotated Hobbit, but it's nice to see them contrasting against Lee's work.

My favorite is Alan Lee's color painting of Thorin and co. falling into Biblo's home. Lee nailed Thorin's annoyance perfectly.

Think I found a new avatar :)

I agree with the poster who said the Russian art reminds them of Samurai Jack.

Thanks for posting.

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(This post was edited by ByThorinsBeard on Dec 18 2011, 6:56pm)


Magpie
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Dec 18 2011, 7:18pm

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so is this your site? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Marillė by the Sea
Rivendell


Dec 18 2011, 8:13pm

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I think he means [In reply to] Can't Post

the last sentence of his post, not the last sentence on the website.


pandoraziki
Rivendell

Dec 19 2011, 2:10am

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Both sentences say pretty much the same. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Snaga
Lorien


Dec 19 2011, 5:59pm

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To me the Alan Lee of the webbed-up dwarves is awesome [In reply to] Can't Post

And totally captures what's in my mind's eye when I read that part of the book. Someday I'm going to look into getting a nice, large print of it.


Rostron2
Gondor


Dec 19 2011, 6:44pm

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Interesting [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the link!

They both have a certain whimsy to them.


geordie
Tol Eressea

Dec 19 2011, 8:09pm

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Lee's artwork is best seen in the flesh - [In reply to] Can't Post

- as it were; that is, in books, calendars and posters. They do not look their best on a screen (quite apart from the question of copyright).

Posters of Alan Lee's works are available; they're not expensive. Images such as those to be found on the Polish site can be found in books; eg Alan Lee's edition of TH; and Doug Anderson's 'Annotated Hobbit'.

 
 

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