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Australian radio ad spoken in Elvish


May 9 2014, 3:20pm

Post #1 of 8 (245 views)
Australian radio ad spoken in Elvish Can't Post

I've heard this radio ad on and off, and it occurred to me today, as I attended an award ceremony for the year's best radio ads, that I should post it here.

Scroll down the page to 'Finalists' then the 8th entry down, titled "Geek Speak - Elvish", and click the arrow for audio.


I said to my colleagues: if they wanted to be really geeky, they could state whether it was Quenya or Sindarin Elvish. I was looked at blankly and my neighbour said "I guess this ad is for you."

It's not, really. I can't tell. Anyone here? Smile

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May 9 2014, 4:11pm

Post #2 of 8 (168 views)
I would say... [In reply to] Can't Post

...it's Sindarin.

Although if you look at the transcript of the as, there seems to be something wrong. I think they have mixed up peredhel and perian, which makes the 'hairy footed hobbit' mentioned in the translation in the script a 'hairy footed half-elf'.

I could be totally wrong, of course. My Sindarin is more than rusty.Unsure

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May 9 2014, 4:26pm

Post #3 of 8 (154 views)
I heard peredhel too. // [In reply to] Can't Post


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May 9 2014, 4:41pm

Post #4 of 8 (157 views)
There's a transcript... [In reply to] Can't Post

...of the Elvish text available, and it says peredhil there, too, but the translation says something about a Hobbit and nothing about any Half-Elf...


May 9 2014, 5:21pm

Post #5 of 8 (151 views)
Yep should be perian. [In reply to] Can't Post

LOL only know a few elvish words and that's one of them.
Guessing they didn't call David Salo for the translation.


May 10 2014, 2:44pm

Post #6 of 8 (135 views)
Fantastic! :D I love how Tolkien slips into ads, etc. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was looking through the menu of movies on my satellite programs for today, and they have "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" followed by the next movie "Sharky's Machine". Don't tell me that was accidental ;)

("Sharky's Machine" is a 1981 Burt Reynolds movie)

Unfortunately, it's a movie channel I don't get and I wouldn't have time to watch them anyway... BUT STILL...

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May 12 2014, 8:22pm

Post #7 of 8 (143 views)
What the crap kind of elvish is that? [In reply to] Can't Post

It has a few Sindarin words, but it is pretty messed up.


May 14 2014, 8:19am

Post #8 of 8 (80 views)
Wondering about process [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, as someone who makes radio ads for a living, I'd love to know how and where they obtained the voice talent, got the script written and approved etc.

Actually, I have contacts - I could go about finding out.

Compared with the Dothraki and Klingon ads on the same site / in the same radio campaign, Elvish is certainly way more musical on the ear. But we know that already.

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