The Hobbit (1985 film)

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The Hobbit
Bilbo encounters Gollum
Directed by Vladimir Latyshev
Based on The Hobbit (1937 book)

Anatoly Ravikovich
Ivan Krasko

Igor Dmitriev
Narrated by Zinovy Gerdt
Release dates
  • 1985 (1985)
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Hobbit (Russian: Сказочное путешествие мистера Бильбо Беггинса Хоббита, Skazochnoye puteshestviye mistera Bilbo Begginsa Hobbita, "The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit") was a 1985 Soviet film adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 book The Hobbit[1][2] by Vladimir Latyshev.[3]

The children's film featured Zinovy Gerdt as "the professor" (a narrator stand-in for Tolkien), Mikhail Danilov as Bilbo Baggins, Anatoly Ravikovich as Thorin Oakenshield and Igor Dmitriev as Gollum. Smaug and the Mirkwood spiders were portrayed by puppets. Missing in this version are the trolls, Elrond, Beorn and the wood-elves. The goblins are human-like with little makeup, and were portrayed by dancers from the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, as are the inhabitants of Lake Town.

The film was shot in 1984[4] as a teleplay and produced in the framework of the children's TV series Tale after Tale (Russian: Сказка за сказкой) aired at the Leningrad TV Channel in the 1980s and the 1990s.[5] It has also appeared on DVD, although both the TV and the DVD version contain some material that the other one hasn't.[6] No subtitles were included, but fan made subtitles have since appeared.


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  1. ^ "Хоббит" - детская сказка, ставшая культом. (in Russian). September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ А. Ю. Соколова, А. В. Балукова, Анатолий Высторобец, Гостелерадиофонд (Руссия) (2002). Фильмы-спектакли: аннотированный каталог (in Russian). Гостелерадиофонд. p. 202. 
  3. ^ На подходе съемки "Хоббита" (in Russian). Великая Эпоха ( The Epoch Times ). March 28, 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "'The Hobbit': Russian Soviet Version Is Cheap & Delightful". Huffington Post. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Сказка за сказкой (in Russian). Вокруг ТВ. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Сказочное путешествие мистера Бильбо Беггинса, Хоббита (in Russian). Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

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