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Old 05-10-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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Tolkien Translated... into Googlese

I discovered this lovely website today which devotes itself to demonstrating the absurdity of machine translations. It uses Google Translate to bounce the text you enter back and forth between English and a dozen or so other languages, with predictable results.

I tried my luck with the Ring Verse ("Three rings for the Elven kings..."), and it took only ten translations to transform it into the following jewel of absurd poetry, which I can't keep myself from sharing:

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Of the three seminars, open sky wizard and the Seven Dwarfs, the large stone buildings, King was sentenced to death nine people, one God, a dark shadow places, magical. Some of the rules to find the ring, all the charms lay a heavy shadow.
Some of the intermediate results were quite charming in their own right, such as this:

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Kings of the three seminars, open sky wizard and the Seven Dwarfs, a large stone building and nine men were sentenced to death, another for the dark magic of God where the shadows lie.
(Emphasis mine. Makes you wonder how you'd execute a large stone building, doesn't it?)

So pick your favourite Tolkien quote, fasten seat belts and have fun!
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Hilarious, PW. I have tried some things with the "normal" translators before, but this is really a wonderful example how to put it into the extreme.

I don't need to comment on the following one:

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"Few people in the home hole. Dirty wet hole poor, worms, their taste of water, dried, exposed end, no bubbles and said: "This is a tax loophole, which means comfort meet."
I think some of the intermediate stages were interesting as well. I am most curious about the origins of this one (emphasis mine):
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In a hole in the main living dwarf. There are poor dirty wet hole, filled with worms and end the smell of moisture there, dry, bare, sandy hole nothing in it or sit there: It was a hole canon, and that means comfort.
I just say it's crazy.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:16 PM   #3
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It was a hole canon
So the Hobbit is canonical?!
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:30 PM   #4
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Gave this a try. Went through a number of languages (none Latin based ones often produce the best results).

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I do not know half of the half, because I wanted to and I like less than half the average, as it deserves.
Funnily enough, it may make more sense than Bilbo's original statement.
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When I put in Beren's well-known response to Thingol

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Death you can give me earned or unearned; but the names I will not take from you of baseborn, nor spy, nor thrall.
I got this:

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The death has given me a winner or not work, but not from poachers name or spyware, and slavery.
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You can here. Back to the list of sinks: go! What is the low expectations and an MBA. Go!


4 translations to be on masters degree and on the 5th it was an MBA.
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No bubbles!!!

Thanks Pitchie for the wonderful link.

Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

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Win it! I will not say anything. Many of those who live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. You are women? And not satisfied with the deal in court for death. Even the wisest knows all the ends.

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The biter bit, the hawk under eagle's foot, the spider in the steel web!

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Biter bit by the Eagle and the promotion of the Internet!

Rather interesting, eh?
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5. "Yes, we're happy, I drink blood, so I can use a password trapped in the blood, Mr. President, and the wrong brand of blood. I hunger to death."
It's easy

Yes,gladly I'll drink your blood to avenge blood of you-know-who and unjustful slaying of the Lame.I'll kill you swiftly.

But can you translate this:

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Get away from my garden,you giant toad of Mr.Gloomy!
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Guess the original

1. "Natural brother, brother, my heart is full. Is to manage and continue. I do not agree with the suffering of young people."

2. "Lee Teng-hui is a dangerous road, not a party to a low emissions future, it will be the case. Calm down!"

3. "Aragon remember how to look dead."

4. "There are many opportunities to curious about the world, and to help the poor in the hand tool is often seen as unstable."

5. "Yes, we're happy, I drink blood, so I can use a password trapped in the blood, Mr. President, and the wrong brand of blood. I hunger to death."
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Could this be the germ of a new quiz thread?

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1. "Natural brother, brother, my heart is full. Is to manage and continue. I do not agree with the suffering of young people."
Neither do I, but I guess it's Fingolfin to Fëanor: "Your half-brother in blood, but your full brother in heart I will be", etc.

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2. "Lee Teng-hui is a dangerous road, not a party to a low emissions future, it will be the case. Calm down!"
Lee Teng-hui? Is that the Chinese name for Lalaith?

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3. "Aragon remember how to look dead."
"Aragorn, remember the Paths of the Dead"?

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4. "There are many opportunities to curious about the world, and to help the poor in the hand tool is often seen as unstable."
An insight we'd all do well to take to heart. No idea.

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5. "Yes, we're happy, I drink blood, so I can use a password trapped in the blood, Mr. President, and the wrong brand of blood. I hunger to death."
Can this be Gandalf to Pippin at the gate of Moria - "Knock on the door with your head, Peregrin Took", etc.? Otherwise, no idea.

Poachers, spyware, holes in the canon and the list of the sinks... Incredible!

EDIT: Of course, Urwen! *slaps forehead* But I wonder where 'password' and 'Mr President' came from...
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1. "Natural brother, brother, my heart is full. Is to manage and continue. I do not agree with the suffering of young people."
Neither do I, but I guess it's Fingolfin to Fëanor: "Your half-brother in blood, but your full brother in heart I will be", etc.
That's it.

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2. "Lee Teng-hui is a dangerous road, not a party to a low emissions future, it will be the case. Calm down!"
Lee Teng-hui? Is that the Chinese name for Lalaith?
No. Apparently it's Chinese for "Fool of a Took". This is Gandalf to Pippin after the latter throws a stone into the shaft in Moria.

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3. "Aragon remember how to look dead."
"Aragorn, remember the Paths of the Dead"?
Yep.

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4. "There are many opportunities to curious about the world, and to help the poor in the hand tool is often seen as unstable."
An insight we'd all do well to take to heart. No idea.
Guinevere has it: "Many are the strange chances of the world and helps oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter."

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5. "Yes, we're happy, I drink blood, so I can use a password trapped in the blood, Mr. President, and the wrong brand of blood. I hunger to death."
Can this be Gandalf to Pippin at the gate of Moria - "Knock on the door with your head, Peregrin Took", etc.? Otherwise, no idea.

Of course, Urwen! *slaps forehead* But I wonder where 'password' and 'Mr President' came from...
Yes, Urwen's right, it's the sword Gurthang. "Mr President" starts out as "master" and morphs gradually by way of "sir" and "Chairman". "Password" is more mysterious. It appears right after the first (Afrikaans) translation: "Yes, I will gladly drink your blood, that I may the blood of the siege of my master password, and the blood of slain Brandir unfair. I will fast to death."

"Beleg" becomes "seige" at the same point, but after a while that disappears.
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At least I recognize this one:
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4. "There are many opportunities to curious about the world, and to help the poor in the hand tool is often seen as unstable."
"Many are the strange chances of the world and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter."
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Since, you know...if you need new timber, gold and families, good and evil won't help you.
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2. "Lee Teng-hui is a dangerous road, not a party to a low emissions future, it will be the case. Calm down!"
Could this perhaps be:
"Fool of a Took!" "This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance Now be quiet!"

or am I mistaken?
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2. "Lee Teng-hui is a dangerous road, not a party to a low emissions future, it will be the case. Calm down!"
Could this perhaps be:
"Fool of a Took!" "This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party.Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance Now be quiet!"

or am I mistaken?
No, you're not mistaken. How on Middle-earth did you work that one out?
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It was a hole canon
So the Hobbit is canonical?!
Actually, I think it's suggesting that it's a hole in the canon, and so uncanonical.
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And then...

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Became...

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Which actually sounds kind of cool.
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You are my country gold wall, control blood prison!

Translate THIS,please!
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Take a guess, anyone.
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This one was not so difficult, even without your once again impatient and early clues, Urwen. It's Éowyn to the Witch-King.



How did you guess that?!
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"I'm a ghost ring cold. The skin is your body, when seen, and all other political parties, cold eyes."
"Those Nazgûl give me the creeps. And they skin the body off you as soon as look at you, and leave you all cold in the dark on the other side." Gorbag to Shagrat, feeding speculations about what's been called 'Nazgûl purgatory'.
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How did you guess that?!
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"Those Nazgûl give me the creeps. And they skin the body off you as soon as look at you, and leave you all cold in the dark on the other side." Gorbag to Shagrat, feeding speculations about what's been called 'Nazgûl purgatory'.
Indeed! The other quote, for that matter, is from the Hobbit:
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The interesting thing is that the "come and have some more" eventually became just the question mark. At some point, it was "Too!", later "Too?" and in the end only "?". But I would say "Century, Tags, Obesity Bread of Love "and she Smiled!" is quite awkward change there
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But I would say "Century, Tags, Obesity Bread of Love "and she Smiled!" is quite awkward change there
Indeed, 'awkward' doesn't begin to describe it!

But what do you make of this:
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25 translations. Eönwë's forbidden to guess.
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Loslote is a guest of Elrond in Rivendell.Loslote is a guest of Elrond in Rivendell.Loslote is a guest of Elrond in Rivendell.
I don't think it's been done yet, so, at 25 translations:

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"Door, but now Bixu Xiang this line because it was more than a foot in the schools, roads and community needs. Well, as I do not know."
Any guesses?
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