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Pronunciation of the name Smaug...

KasDel
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Nov 26 2013, 5:05am


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I have been reading Tolkien's stories since the '60's and have always thought the pronunciation of Smaug was similar to the pronunciation of smog but sticking a short a in the place of the o.
The trailers I have allowed myself to watch have pronounced the word with a Germanic umlaut. Sounding very much like a good old redneck southern boy (p.s. ... I AM a good old redneck southern boy! And I not offended by the term, so I don't believe I need to be 'politically correct' here!).
What do the rest of the site members think of this pronunciation?

KasDel the Last

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." Gildor

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Pronunciation of the name Smaug... KasDel Send a private message to KasDel Nov 26 2013, 5:05am
    No umlaut DwellerInDale Send a private message to DwellerInDale Nov 26 2013, 5:17am
    Well for me Joe20 Send a private message to Joe20 Nov 26 2013, 5:33am
        That's what I've always understood to be the correct way.// Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 26 2013, 8:07am
        Same here - Smowg and Sowron // dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 26 2013, 5:13pm
    I've given up trying to do it the correct way demnation Send a private message to demnation Nov 26 2013, 5:43am
        PJ "Schmaug" micha84 Send a private message to micha84 Nov 26 2013, 6:21am
            Nope, not the NZ dialouge, this coming from a Kiwi. ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Nov 26 2013, 6:41am
            I don't think Kiwis generally would say Shmowg patrickk Send a private message to patrickk Nov 26 2013, 6:45am
            Sir PJ's "Schmaug" Lissuin Send a private message to Lissuin Nov 26 2013, 6:47am
                If I can hazard a guess demnation Send a private message to demnation Nov 26 2013, 7:17am
                He's not a pronunciation expert ryanw8 Send a private message to ryanw8 Nov 26 2013, 3:33pm
            Peter also says "Schmeagol" :) // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 26 2013, 10:23am
        Well, it's not that hard! macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 26 2013, 11:03am
            Whatever Beeromir Send a private message to Beeromir Nov 26 2013, 1:39pm
                I see macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 26 2013, 1:43pm
                    Funny because usually it's the other way round Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Send a private message to Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Nov 26 2013, 2:53pm
                        Yeah macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 26 2013, 3:55pm
                            The "au-" sound in English is often a difficult one elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 26 2013, 5:12pm
                        My daughter sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 28 2013, 1:57pm
                            Squirrel is a funny one. Lissuin Send a private message to Lissuin Nov 28 2013, 6:29pm
                                The first one sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 29 2013, 11:50am
                                I never knew there were so many options Kim Send a private message to Kim Nov 30 2013, 1:57am
                    Well, that's the thing demnation Send a private message to demnation Nov 26 2013, 3:07pm
    Question of language Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Nov 26 2013, 8:46am
        au as in English 'loud' or Elvish 'Sauron' Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Nov 26 2013, 1:52pm
            Thank you for the detailed explanation! demnation Send a private message to demnation Nov 26 2013, 3:07pm
    I used to say smog-ish, too grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 26 2013, 10:22am
    It's the only correct pronounciation of Smaug. // macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 26 2013, 11:03am

 
 
 

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