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The Complete Matoran Dictionary, 2nd Ed.

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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Nov 24 2013 - 02:18 PM

You know those nerds who can speak Klingon and probably translate the linguistic roots of names in Star Trek? Did you ever wish you could be like them? Of course not! Me neither! But just in case you were looking for a complete dictionary of Bionicle names, locations, and their meanings (whether to learn to speak it or to translate your own name) fellow reporter Tolkien has revised his Matoran dictionary and I for one have been having a field day translating member names making fun of the nerds actually using it. Read on for links to the full entries in alphabetical order. View the full article
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#2 Offline Torran

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Posted Nov 24 2013 - 02:54 PM

That's exciting stuff. I got sidetracked in the linked discussions of languages and original meanings/literal translations. I didn't even realize the fans were this serious about absolutely everything in the lore. Beautiful.

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#3 Offline Pyrous Red

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Posted Nov 24 2013 - 04:14 PM

That sounds really nerdy but also incredibly useful in creating things like epics and stuff.

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Posted Nov 24 2013 - 08:23 PM

For the record, I've always wanted to be one of those losers who can fluently understand Klingon and Elvish.


This is cool; I'll have to read this sometime.

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Posted Nov 24 2013 - 09:27 PM

Seems pretty cool, actually. I can't believe someone would actually try and do this, and kudos to Tolkien for that.

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Posted Nov 24 2013 - 11:53 PM

That's a very nice dictionary! We could learn new Matoran words from it, and read, write, speak, and translate with it. We could learn a new language or slang from the dictionary, too.:) Anyway, where's the first edition of the dictionary?
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Posted Nov 25 2013 - 01:17 AM

Oh my gosh. Somebody actually did it. Nice job!

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Posted Nov 25 2013 - 04:12 AM

I'v seen a few people making a Matoran Dictionary but I never seen one like this. 

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#9 Offline Sir Kohran

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Posted Nov 25 2013 - 06:39 AM

At last, I can be at peace in life, now that I know the complex workings of a fictional language created for a toyline. :P


Congratulations to Tolkien for pulling this off; I can't imagine how much work and thought it must've taken. I remember the first topic he made for this, in (I think) around summer 2006 in which I believe I was the one who suggested the 'rak' = 'scourge' meaning.

Edited by Sir Kohran, Nov 25 2013 - 06:41 AM.

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Posted Nov 25 2013 - 01:54 PM

[color=#990000;]I don't care what LEGO or Greg or anyone says, this is officially canon now. :) Awesome job! :D[color=#000080;]-Gata Posted Image[/color][/color]
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#11 Offline The Root

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Posted Nov 25 2013 - 01:55 PM

Anyway, where's the first edition of the dictionary?

[color=#006400;]My guess is that it's over in the archives of the forum, but I dunno.[/color]


[color=#006400;]Anyway, about the dictionary, I can't believe someone spent the time making this! Maybe if I learn the Matoran language, I can drop my Spanish course for school! Just kidding about that, but if only it can happen...[/color]

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#12 Offline Toa of the Blazing Inferno

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Posted Nov 26 2013 - 06:30 PM

I wish it came in pdf format or something so I could download it and keep it.  Come to think of it, there's no reason why I couldn't just copy it into a word document, which I could then turn into a pdf document, myself.  I think I'll do that.

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Posted Nov 26 2013 - 07:14 PM

I don't even all of my what?


Rather interesting project here. I would like to say you've got a lot of time on your hands, but this is just so awesome that I can't bring myself to.

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Posted Nov 28 2013 - 02:04 AM

Gonna post it here, because I think it's fascinating:


ma(t) |n./stm.|  mastery, control; master [etymology uncertain; undoubtedly related to the coeval stems me(t) “upper-part, head; primary system” and atu “mind, will”, as well as the stem mi “up, upward, above” (see entries). Variant form: ma]

kai¹  |n.|  skill, ability [kai < ka-ī, from ka “power, force, ability” and the nounal particle ī]

ru  |n./adj./stm.|  orientation; oriented toward; intention [etymology uncertain]

rui¹  |n.|  joint; lit. “orienting thing” [rui < ru-hī, from ru “orientation; oriented toward; intention” and the particle hī “thing, object, place”]†

makaru |n./v.] to master, with the mind (head), from ma ability, and a contraction of rui, oriented/intended toward (a physical object). lit. a thinker, an ability to see with clarity.


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Edited by Makaru, Dec 04 2013 - 01:35 PM.

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#15 Offline Taka Nuvia

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Posted Nov 28 2013 - 03:02 AM

That is absolutely amazing. And must've been a lot of work... wow.

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Posted Nov 28 2013 - 10:08 AM

This is really interesting. I haven't seen anything like it before. Great job on making this! B-)

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Posted Nov 30 2013 - 08:32 PM

Very interesting.  I'll be sure to check this out later when I have more free time since these sorts of things fascinate me because I'm such a big nerd with no life, though I did read a bit of it and I'm liking what I see.


Now, I don't know if I'm thinking of Tolkien's first edition per chance, but on the old forums, there was a pretty in-depth Matoran dictionary that broken down all Matoran names and words known at the time (if memory serves me well, then it was perhaps 2007-2008 when this was posted) into single syllables that could be combined to form more complex words with deeper meanings.  Unfortunately, thanks to a certain somebody, it's no longer available.  I hadn't thought to save it myself, since (if I'm frank) my trust in BZP preserving the archives was clearly misplaced.  I saved the URL, but alas, the Wayback Machine didn't back it up either.


However, because these sorts of things fascinate me and I'm such a big nerd with no life, I did use this dictionary to start "translating" one of my short stories into Matoran for fun.  I never finished this project, but based on what little I did, I was recently able to reverse-engineer much of this lost dictionary.


If anyone is curious, I can repost what I have recovered here.

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