People seemed to like the Tolkien art thread yesterday, so here's a another one.

The international editions of the Hobbit are funny things. Fantasy conventions haven't yet been established. Each illustrator filters the translated terms through their national fairy tale lens. Image
The result is bizarre but charming.

What did fantasy look like before Tolkien? How did people picture elves, dwarves, dragons, goblins?

Tove Jansson, who made my beloved Moomin, pictured Gollum as some sort of huge lily-pad wearing giant Image
The Japanese edition pictures Gollum as a more Creature of the Black Lagoon monster. Image
The French version of Bilbo is like a little Disney character. Lookit him. Lookit how cute he is. Image
The Latvian artist's style is great. Bilbo looks chill. The dwarves have these pastel colors that make them look like little lanterns in Mirkwood. Gollum looks truly miserable. ImageImageImage
The Swedish conception of goblnis is....

...not great. Image
The Estonian version of Elves is like...what? Are elves just "dudes"? Image
The Russian version looks dope. Again, the sleeping elves are "just dudes." ImageImageImage
The Portuguese version is cute, again. Goblins look like neckbeards. Gollum looks like the King of Portland. Bilbo is cute as hell. ImageImageImage
Oh, I forgot this above - the reason that Bilbo's LEGS are so hairy in the Russian edition is the way they translated the word. Instead of just having "hairy" feet, the translators used a word that could mean animal's feet or even "trotters." Thus, hobbits look like fauns. Image

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26 Aug
Y'all know this account is like 50% RPGs/50% yelling about Tolkien. Time for some Tolkien hollering today.

This week I found two new-to-me Tolkien illustrators: Anato Finnstark and Denis Gordeev.

A thread of me yelling about why I like their art.
First, Anato Finnstark
All pics from their Artstation:

Has a real focus on servants of the Shadow, contrasting with the bright vivid colors of Middle-earth. He pulls on threads of details (like the crown of the Witch King) and evokes them in other scenes
Like, I love the mace of the Witch King here. It's not just a shapeless ball - it's the face of a grim old king. Perhaps himself in life?
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