The Complete Matoran Dictionary, 2nd Ed.
Posted Nov 24 2013 - 02:18 PM
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.
Posted Nov 24 2013 - 11:53 PM
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.
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.
Posted Nov 25 2013 - 01:54 PM
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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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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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!
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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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