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Reviewed: Hobbitus Ille

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Mar 24 2013, 8:24am


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Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit The review copy of Hobbitus Ille by Mark Walker is a beautifully presented hardcover edition with art and interior maps in the style of early English copies and is provided by Harper Collins.

Walker has taken up a very brave challenge in providing us with the first Latin translation of Tolkien's The Hobbit. His intent was to provide as direct a translation of Tolkien's own words as possible and the end result is a complete and unabridged volume where even the poetry is in Latin. This direct translation is not the hallmark of the best translations, nor is it the Classical Latin of Caesar and Cicero.

The vocabulary and grammar bears a far closer resemblance to later and more colloquial forms of Latin. Some scholars will undoubtedly cringe at the compromises of grammar and word choice that have been made in order to create a Latin edition. I'm not particularly fond of the use of "dryads" for elves, among others. However, I think that given his comments on translation in “The Monsters and the Critics”, Tolkien, as both linguist and translator, would be pleased with the opportunity this first edition presents for others to discover Latin and to create their own translations, improving on language and word choice.

This edition is a seminal work and thus a valuable addition to the Tolkien corpus. It will certainly be easier for those more skilled in Latin to read, but there is no reason that it can't be enjoyed by the novice or Tolkien enthusiast by reading in parallel with their own language edition.

Order your copy on Amazon.

Reviewed for TheOnering.net by Ringer Valiron, a final-year university student specialising in Classics and Roman History, including beginning studies in Latin.

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Reviewed: Hobbitus Ille News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Mar 24 2013, 8:24am
    HarperCollins CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 24 2013, 8:48pm
        I have a very dim memory of Latin Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 26 2013, 11:45pm
            Paul regarde la salade. CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 12:09am
                ****helpless laughter**** Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 27 2013, 1:17am
                    This is particularly funny to me Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Mar 28 2013, 2:27pm
                        Don't worry, your husband isn't paying attention to you. He's watching the salad, as usual.// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 28 2013, 2:31pm
                            And that salad hasn't twitched yet! // Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Mar 28 2013, 2:41pm
                        **laughing reading it again** Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 28 2013, 2:51pm
                            A splendid idea. Asger Send a private message to Asger Mar 30 2013, 4:02pm
    haha! Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Mar 30 2013, 11:09pm
        Or...I could hear Saruman delivering that line with a vengeance! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 30 2013, 11:43pm
            I may have to. Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Mar 31 2013, 4:40am
            I ordered it. Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Mar 31 2013, 4:53am
                Nice!! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 31 2013, 5:42pm

 
 
 

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