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Dominus Anulorum: LOTR in Latin!

Michaeles Nagoda
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Jan 13 2010, 9:42pm

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Dominus Anulorum: LOTR in Latin! Can't Post

Hi everyone my name's Mike. I've been a long time Tolkien fan and TORN visitor. I used to go by Smeagol7 in Barliman's ages ago. Anyways, I've decided to embark on a project that will last me the rest of my life more than likely. After taking two years of Latin, I decided that with no official Latin translation of LOTR around (and one what seems to be abandoned attempt by someone else: http://www.eldalie.ch/~earendilyon/), I decided to do it myself. I'm asking all Tolkien fans who are knowledgable with their Latin and know the language quite well on TORN if they could provide criticism and feedback of my translation (in English please!). My project site can be found here:


Thanks and any help is appreciated!



Jan 13 2010, 10:13pm

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Sanctus scomber!\\ [In reply to] Can't Post

Knew i had that eng./lat. dictionary somewhere.

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Jan 13 2010, 10:51pm

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Haha! That was proper MCDXX, that was!/ [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2010, 12:19am

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Quite a project! [In reply to] Can't Post

I finished second in a national Latin ethymology contest when I was in high school... but it was just that: ethymology, no practical phrase construction or syntaxis.

I wish you all the best though! Wink

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Jan 14 2010, 2:10pm

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I would love to be able to help [In reply to] Can't Post

but I fear that this would only be possible if you were working on a Pig-Latin translation and even that would be tough. Good luck.

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Jan 14 2010, 6:07pm

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Sure!! I have the 2010 "One Latin Phrase a Day" desk calendar!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Will that help Sly???

Seriously, that is an awesome undertaking! I'm sorry I can't *really* help, but I will check out your progress and cheerlead! Good luck Smile!

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Jan 15 2010, 12:02am

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Latin and Greek [In reply to] Can't Post

Great idea. I also thought about doing a Latin translation, but I'm more familiar with ancient Greek.

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Jan 15 2010, 12:23am

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Very cool [In reply to] Can't Post

Sadly, it's been years since I last dusted off my Latin dictionary. Still, I'd love to watch your progress. Smile

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Jan 15 2010, 2:55am

Post #9 of 13 (1824 views)
Well... [In reply to] Can't Post

if it's anything like the English Christmas carols my Latin teacher converted for his students...it should be pretty hilarious. ;)

Michaeles Nagoda
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Jan 15 2010, 7:59pm

Post #10 of 13 (1758 views)
thankyou! [In reply to] Can't Post

Everyone thanks so much for the encouragement and emails I've been getting! I already have one person who wants to help me translate, so this may become a joint effort! It'll be slow, but if you're willing to wait thirty years I'll still be here :P Keep em coming, I hope to start on page two sometime next week!


Jan 15 2010, 10:41pm

Post #11 of 13 (1793 views)
It's strange how.... [In reply to] Can't Post

... there's a Harry Potter book in Latin, which is only 10 years old, and yet after all these years an official Latin LotR has not been published Crazy
I tried learning Latin during my study year in France last year... but to no avail Frown

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Jan 16 2010, 1:09am

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While I do know Latin, [In reply to] Can't Post

this would take some time

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Jan 16 2010, 3:00am

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Ego would exsisto laetus [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm no expert, but I know Latin basically. How can I help?

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