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Oct 11th, 2012 at 11:39 GMT
Oct 11th, 2012 at 11:56 GMT
Sorry about that, I've set it to 3 minutes for now.
Oct 13th, 2012 at 03:39 GMT
The time still seems a little short - it's nice to be able to think about the meaning and look through the options without being rushed. Maybe 5:00? This isn't really a "you know it or you don't" - I think it's more like "you probably don't know it but might be able to figure it out."
Nov 15th, 2012 at 21:54 GMT
It's a good concept, but 'Eorl', 'Theoden', and 'Edoras' are problematic. 'Eorl' could be translated as 'nobleman', or 'lord', or perhaps even 'prince'. So it's somewhat arbitrary that the correct answer for 'Eorl' is 'Nobleman' but not 'lord', 'prince', or 'warrior'. And in poetry, it usually 'warrior' (or even just 'man'). Similarly, 'Theoden' is glossed in Bosworth & Toller as, among other near-synonyms, 'prince', 'king', and 'lord'. As for 'Edoras', I'm not sure where you got the translation 'princes'. It means rather 'dwellings', or 'fences', or 'enclosures' (the singular is 'edor').
Nov 16th, 2012 at 01:37 GMT
Sorry, that comment got garbled and I can't seem to delete it. This is what it should have said: It's a good concept, but 'Eorl', 'Theoden', and 'Edoras' are problematic. 'Eorl' could be translated as 'nobleman', or 'lord', or perhaps even 'prince'. And in poetry, it usually 'warrior' (or even just 'man'). So it's somewhat arbitrary that the correct answer for 'Eorl' is 'Nobleman' but not 'lord', 'prince', or 'warrior'. Similarly, 'Theoden' is glossed in Bosworth & Toller as, among other near-synonyms, 'prince', 'king', and 'lord'. As for 'Edoras', I'm not sure where you got the translation 'princes'. It means rather 'dwellings', or 'fences', or 'enclosures' (the singular is 'edor').
Nov 16th, 2012 at 13:41 GMT
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate that there are always a number of possible translations and perhaps mine weren't the best ones the choose. Limited by the click style quiz (which I wanted this to be) I couldn't accept multiple answers. Looking at edor, dwellings or similar does make more sense and I will change it now if possible but looking at a site such as this: http://hord.ca/projects/eow/result.php?nt=edor&l=ang&match=word&output= suggests further uses including 'lord', so 'lords' or 'princes' I suppose for the plural. (though it doesn't give a source).
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