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How to say "I'm Bored" in Elvish (or any other Tolkien language?)

WaitingForBilbo
The Shire


Dec 6 2012, 9:06pm

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Hi all,

I'm a children's book illustrator (as well as doing the Waiting For Bilbo webcomic with ex-Weta Digital employee Shane McEwan) and am working on a list of ways to say "I'm Bored" in different languages...not just real-life languages but also fictional.

I thought it would be fun to have I'M BORED in Elvish. Would anyone be able to help? Or/and any other Tolkien language.

The children's book is called [url "http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/books/review/im-bored-and-hello-hello.html"]I'M BORED[/url], by the way. :-)

Thanks for any help!

Debbie

WaitingForBilbo.com webcomic
Illustrator, I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black (Simon & Schuster BFYR): New York Times Notable Children's Book 2012
Twitter: @inkyelbows

(This post was edited by WaitingForBilbo on Dec 6 2012, 9:06pm)


Plurmo
Rohan

Dec 7 2012, 12:43am

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Forgive me for the unwarranted joke, but sometimes Rivendell (Imladris) strikes me as the most boring elvish place ever. Try having a talk with Rivendell guys such as Lindir or as Elrond in a bad hair day and you will understand me.Smile

I hope someone more knowledgeable than me will come to your help. Evil


Elthir
Gondor

Dec 7 2012, 1:44pm

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There are many Elvish languages... [In reply to] Can't Post

... in theory, but only two that JRRT ever really concentrated on (and changed his mind about); in what way he concentrated on Quenya and Sindarin is another matter, but in any case I'm going to guess that Tolkien never invented a word in any of his Middle-earth related languages to express this.

Generally speaking it's somewhat of a misconception (among some at least) that one can be 'fluent' in any of Tolkien's languages. What people will often find on the interweb (or in the films) is really fan made Neo-elvish -- and I don't call it that to be negative, and maybe some would argue with this characterization, but I agree with the following from E.L.F:

http://www.elvish.org/FAQ.html


Of course now someone will probably post an attested Elvish word to express boredom...

... or at least express his or her boredom with this post Smile


If you want an Elvish word that could be translated 'Rivendell' however, we have Sindarin Imladris.


WaitingForBilbo
The Shire


Jan 2 2013, 2:17am

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Thanks for your reply. :-)

Debbie


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Forgive me for the unwarranted joke, but sometimes Rivendell (Imladris) strikes me as the most boring elvish place ever. Try having a talk with Rivendell guys such as Lindir or as Elrond in a bad hair day and you will understand me.Smile

I hope someone more knowledgeable than me will come to your help. Evil


WaitingForBilbo.com webcomic
Illustrator, I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black (Simon & Schuster BFYR): New York Times Notable Children's Book 2012
Twitter: @inkyelbows


WaitingForBilbo
The Shire


Jan 2 2013, 2:19am

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Thanks kindly for the info, and apologies for my boring post. :-)

Debbie


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... in theory, but only two that JRRT ever really concentrated on (and changed his mind about); in what way he concentrated on Quenya and Sindarin is another matter, but in any case I'm going to guess that Tolkien never invented a word in any of his Middle-earth related languages to express this.

Generally speaking it's somewhat of a misconception (among some at least) that one can be 'fluent' in any of Tolkien's languages. What people will often find on the interweb (or in the films) is really fan made Neo-elvish -- and I don't call it that to be negative, and maybe some would argue with this characterization, but I agree with the following from E.L.F:

http://www.elvish.org/FAQ.html


Of course now someone will probably post an attested Elvish word to express boredom...

... or at least express his or her boredom with this post Smile


If you want an Elvish word that could be translated 'Rivendell' however, we have Sindarin Imladris.


WaitingForBilbo.com webcomic
Illustrator, I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black (Simon & Schuster BFYR): New York Times Notable Children's Book 2012
Twitter: @inkyelbows


Silverlode
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Jan 2 2013, 2:31am

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This might interest you. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a searchable list of known Sindarin words. You might be able to cobble together a phrase or two that would work. For instance, though "bored" isn't there, you could say something like "deadly waiting" or "long wait" or even "hateful wait", since all those words are on the list, or some other combination of words to form a thought. It won't be all that accurate, but it might be enough for what you're after.

Sindarin word list

Silverlode





 
 

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