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Old 02-28-2002, 11:49 AM   #1
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i'm well pleased with Mistranslation thread, so, working along same lines, here we have another kind of quote contest. One gives a completely reversed version of the quote, and the rest tries to work out hte original. Here we go:

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Butterflies are already dead, though on an island over those pools, for I deduct it out of a fire
who + all the circumstances
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Old 03-05-2002, 06:53 AM   #2
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err..., I expected more enthusiasm somehow...
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Old 03-06-2002, 01:55 AM   #3
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I for one do not get what you mean... could you give the answer for your current question and then pose another so i can get an idea about how to approach the question? I must say it SOUNDS interesting... I just dont get it yet [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old 03-06-2002, 02:00 AM   #4
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I agree Watcher. Though I must say this sounds like Denethor before he decides to kill himself and Faramir.
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Old 03-06-2002, 02:39 AM   #5
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well, I think I failed to explain the principle. I'll reveal the answer to the previous one as a sample:

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Butterflies are already dead, though on an island over those pools, for I deduct it out of a fire

which was the reverse to that one:

The dragon is still alive and in the halls under the Mountain then - or I imagine so from the smoke

and give it the fresh start. here we go again:

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what have them done, what have them done! Running into elves, while enslaved by rabbits!
guess it out
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Old 03-06-2002, 02:49 AM   #6
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H-I, all I can think of is Borimir saying:

What have I said?.. What have I done? Frodo, Frodo come back. A madness took me. Now it is gone.
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What shall we do, what shall we do! Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!
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I have noticed that H-I has bit of a fondness for The Hobbit.

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Old 03-06-2002, 08:17 AM   #8
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not a bit, heh, a mighty big morsel I should say [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]. yes, Bruce, you got it. go ahead
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Old 03-06-2002, 04:04 PM   #9
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She wasn't a nice lady, and quite rude to the guests.
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Old 03-07-2002, 10:26 AM   #10
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well, hard to crack that one. if we make it word by word, it will sound as follows

He was a wicked lord, though more or less polite to his host

but I have no clue whom may that be
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Old 03-07-2002, 09:46 PM   #11
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Not really word for word, somewhat, but more concept for concept.
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well, than maybe Gaffer about Bilbo:

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A very nice well-spoken gentlehobbit is Mr. Bilbo, as Iíve always said
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Old 03-08-2002, 04:24 AM   #13
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No again.
It's almost word for word, by the way. Not entirely, but almost.
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Old 03-09-2002, 07:05 AM   #14
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Treebeard about Saruman?

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He was polite in those days, always asking my leave (at least when he met me); and always eager to listen.
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Old 03-11-2002, 01:06 AM   #15
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Still no! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old 03-11-2002, 01:56 AM   #16
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Old 03-11-2002, 10:10 AM   #17
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I'd have a stab at Frodo to Gandalf at the Council of Elrond concerning Butterbur

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Old 03-13-2002, 12:24 AM   #18
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Heh! I seem to have even stumped the doughty Mr. Heathertoes. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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well, working out statement about being rude to the guests, I assume that must be quatation from author's narrative in The Hobbit:

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the hobbit was fond of visitors
is it?
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Old 03-13-2002, 10:01 PM   #20
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Still no, although you are getting closer.
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Old 03-13-2002, 10:57 PM   #21
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Gandalf to Bilbo about Beorn:

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Old 03-13-2002, 11:02 PM   #22
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Nope - you and H-I may be "closer" but you have a long way to go yet. [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 03-15-2002, 12:51 AM   #23
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The Hobbit - Flies and Spiders:
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for Wood-Elves were not goblins, and were reasonably well-behaved even to their worst enemy.
Is this it???
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Even closer! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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maybe it's description of Beorn (yet again):

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Beorn, who was never very polite.
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Getting colder. Think along the lines of Joy's last guess.
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Maybe not, but Gloin at the council of Elrond?
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well. well, , maybe Thorin about Elvenking:

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Nor at all with the people of the Elvenking, whom I remember with small kindness
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Close, but still not quite!
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well, maybe that's dwarves in elven cave. I think this one fits in perfectly: masculine plural vs fem. sing. of your quote, and they are not polite:

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They were surly and angry and did not even pretend to be polite
and they were rude to their "host" (or captor, rather) - elvenking
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You keep hitting so close! Still a miss!
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well, I'm pretty sure already it's Elvenking being described, but by whom I can not make out
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Do you want me to post the answer and ask a different one?
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Bilbo about the chief guard:

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pippen about theoden
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Finally! Turambar got it!
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This is mind-meltingly simple, but in order to re-establish the format...

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On the highest of mountains lived the largest of giants.
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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." ???
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