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Tolkiens biggest heroes as are the hobbits have the world conquered

By Adam Roberts | October 10, 2012
Categories: Book News

It appears I have an essay in this promising looking collection.

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4 Responses to “Tolkiens biggest heroes as are the hobbits have the world conquered”

  1. Rainer Skupsch Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Errr, I guess your headline is an example of 'Engman'??? (A word I have just made up. We Germans sometimes use the word 'Denglisch' for terms/phrases/whole texts which are 100 % German in everything but the words used. To give you an example of what I am talking about:
    "I stand straight completely on the hose" is a semantically flawed word-by-word translation of the German sentence "Ich stehe gerade komplett auf dem Schlauch" (meaning something like 'I have a mental block').
    Why am I writing all this? Well, first of all, I am sometimes a rather talkative person, and, secondly, I do not understand what the words "as are" mean in your headline. So: is my English even worse than I thought, or am I missing some in-joke???
    Yours curiously, Rainer Skupsch

  2. Rainer Skupsch Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have just reread the headline and 'the shilling has finally dropped' ('der Groschen ist endlich gefallen'). R.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Rainer, you must excuse that we English are your German sentence constructions amusing finding. It is transferred anxiety that your economy so much stronger than ours is.

  4. Harun Musho'd Says:
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Your translation is from German to Yoda. I think the correct literal translation is: "Tolkien's Biggest Heroes: How the Hobbits the World Conquered" which is not that amusing (if still slightly Yodaish). I think the doorway on the cover is intended to stand in for a colon.

    Anyway, anough of that; only came to this site to find out if you had ever written any SF parodies, for my argument that we should study "comic science fiction" for one week of your course.