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Jan 16 2013, 9:11pm

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Hopefully there will be more Elvish and Dwarvish in the next two films.

It mildly annoys me that there is 'token' elvish i.e. the characters begin speaking or greet each other in what should be their native tongue before transitioning rapidly back to the common tongue (or English for we Western audiences).

Example: whenever Gandalf and Elrond speak to each other, I am sure they would stick in Elvish for the whole conversation. As it is, it's like two native German speakers exchanging a 'Guten Tag - wie gehts du?' before continuing the rest of their conversation in English. Slightly bizarre, no?

The other main example is the White Council. With two high elves and two Maiar, I would have thought the whole conversation would have been in Sindarin, if not Quenya.

I appreciate the practical realities of translating so much dialogue and the actors having to recite it, but with $500 million to play with, surely they could have managed for the sake of deepening the immersion?

Please tell me this sort of lack of attention to detail (where they are otherwise fastidious, it seems) is not solely due to American's perceived inability or desire to deal with subtitles.

Examples of where language immersion has been accomplished more consistently are:
a) Game of Thrones, with the Dothraki and;
b) Those Mel Gibson movies in Aramaic and Latin (the Passion of the Christ) and Yacatec Mayan (Apocalypto).

For me and mine, language represents a significant immersion factor.

(This post was edited by sharku on Jan 16 2013, 9:16pm)

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