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The Hobbit in Latin Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Latin Language

Happy Holidays to all you Latin Lover, Latin Learners, and Latin Enthusiasts! If you find yourself with a gift card for the Holidays or with some spare time with relatives…I would recommend watching and reading “The Hobbit!”

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“The Hobbit” is J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece which has hit both the silver screen and millions of paper backs and hard backs. The book was luckily translated into Latin: “ILLE HOOBITVS.”514ASwnDMlL__SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_The cover is a brilliant mosaic on the dragon Smaug, who guards a glorious treasure hoard.  You can learn more on the wonderful art of mosaics; here.The book tackles some interesting difficulties from names to songs like Gandalphus for Gandalf and some interesting poetic choices for songs such as:

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You can follow to the book’s Latin’s translation:

Frange uitra et catilla!
ulctros unde, fucas flecte!
Biblo Baggins odit illa-
nunc et cortices incende!
textum seca, sebum calca!
lactem funde cellae terra
linque in tapeto ossa!
uinum sperge super porta!
has patellas aestu laua;
has contunde magna claua;
si nonnulla sint intacta,
uolue ea e culinca!
Biblo Baggins odit illa!
caue! caue! heac catilla!

Now, I hope each and everyone you enjoy your Christmas with you family, friends, neighbors, and so on! Be safe and Consider starting your New Year with the Hobbit! So I will leave you with the beginning words of the novel:

In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus.

 In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.

 

So remember, greatness can have very small beginnings. Have a safe holiday and I will see you in 2014!

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About the Author:Brittany Britanniae

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  1. Angel Zorita:

    Vide supra


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