Starting off 2012 with a big ol’ geek-out over the first bit of Chapter 2 of The Hobbit. Really, I can’t think of many better books with which to start my 2012 reading. And yeah, I started this in the tail end of 2011 but will be finishing it well into 2012, so I think this still counts!
Trilingual Hobbit Reread
As every Tolkien fan on the Net knows, we’ve just had ourselves the first glorious new Hobbit trailer! Between this and getting the beautiful, beautiful Blu-Rays of the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings, I am very, very much in a Tolkien mood now.
Those of you who have been with me since 2004 or so (on LJ) may remember that I’ve had this German edition of The Hobbit for some time. Now that I also have a French edition, not to mention the shiny new enhanced ebook edition of the book on my iPad, I decided that it’s high time to enjoy a re-read of the story. And because I’m feeling ambitious, I’m doing it in three languages at once! With these editions!
Mind you, it ain’t like I expect to really understand much of either the French or the German–that’s why I’ve got the English text handy. I want to go through the translated editions mostly to just get a sense of the rhythm of the language in each, and to see what things I do actually comprehend at first glance, or with judicious consultation of my French or German verb books or dictionaries.
Here are things I’ve observed going through Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party!