The Beauty of Lebanon or The Mountain Spirit

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This article is about the ballet. For the painting which inspired Tolkien, see Josef Madlener.

The Beauty of Lebanon, or The Mountain Spirit (aka La Belle du Liban, ou L'Esprit des montagnes or Livanskaya Krasavitsa, ili Gorni Dukh; ru: Ливанская красавица, или Горный дух) is a Fantastic ballet in 3 Acts-7 Scenes, with choreography by Marius Petipa, and music by Cesare Pugni. Libretto by E. Rappoport and Marius Petipa.

First presented by the Imperial Ballet on December 12/24 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1863 at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Principal Dancers - Mariia Surovshchikova-Petipa (as the Mountain Spirit), Timofei Stukolkin (as Beshir)