The first illustrator of The Hobbit
The first illustrator of The Hobbit by English writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, released in the Soviet Union in 1976, was (Mikhail Belomlinsky). His drawings are endlessly reprinted and reissued in Russia now. The Russian version of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was published in the former USSR in 1976. The translation of the book was made by Natalia Rakhmanova.
Mikhail Samuilovich Belomlinsky (born July 27, 1934) worked largely with children’s literature, since 1971 was the chief designer of the magazine “Koster” (Bonfire). In 1989 he emigrated to the United States, worked as art director of the newspaper “New Russian Word”. The most famous work of Belomlinsky are illustrations of the Soviet edition of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s tales”The Hobbit” in translation of Rakhmanova (1976). The illustration of Bilbo Baggins resemble the famous Russian actor Yevgeny Leonov ( 2 September 1926 – 29 January 1994).
The first Russian translation, made by Natalia Rakhmanova, was published in 1976 by the publishing house “Children’s Literature.” In the USSR several translations were done not from the original, but from the Russian translation, into Armenian, Moldavian and other languages. Ukrainian translation (K.: Veselka, 1985) was made by Ukrainian poet and translator Alexander Mokrovolsky from the original.
Caricatures by Mikhail Belomlinsky: