By now, J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters have become highly recognizable cultural icons — who wouldn’t know a hobbit when they saw one? But of course, other countries have their own interpretations, so we’re fascinated by these illustrations from a 1972 Soviet edition of The Hobbit illustrated by M. Belomlinskij, which we spotted over at Retronaut. As might be expected, the characters look quite a bit different than they do in the Western editions — for one, Gollum is frankly silly looking, and Bilbo’s legs are way hairier than we ever imagined — we know they’re supposed to be hairy, but still. Click through to page through the illustrations, and then head over to English Russia for even more from the book.