Not All Who Wander Are Lost

By sarah, in 'English to Latin Translation', Jul 3, 2009.

  1. sarah New Member

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    im looking to get a tattoo and i wanted to get "Not All Who Wander Are Lost" tattooed on my body, but i would like for it to be written in Latin, so if anyone can translate that for me, that would be awesome :D
  2. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    If you don't understand a language, why have a tattoo in it? I'm inferring from your request that Latin is somehow 'better' than English, since you prefer some ancient language over your own. I just don't get it why people want tattoos in a foreign-to-them language. Anyway, enough philosophy. Here is an attempt: Non omnes qui vagantur amittuntur.
  3. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    amitto has the meaning of losing something with the possibility of finding it again some time later ... maybe perire would be a choice here ... but "to be lost" doesn't even imply that ... we mgiht have to look for something expressing "not to know where you are or where to go", don't we?
  4. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    What is the word/verb for that, then?
  5. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    *maybe* non omnes qui vagantur decipuntur via
    what do you think
  6. deudeditus Civis Illustris

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    Why put it on diplomas? Why the need to have mottoes in latin? I don't know. I suppose maybe Latin lends a certain sense of seriousness or of being official. Maybe for European-cultured people Latin still has those religious overtones to it.

    Could it also be said (changing it around from the literal translation) non omnes vagantes (sunt) perditi? The word perditus being under debate.

    "to be lost" could be taken as in the phrase "he/she is lost to us." ie she's completely lost/destroyed/beyond hope. maybe he knows where he is but he can't get back.

    What about aboriscere or deperire? Non omnes vagantes depereunt. ? eh I don't know.
  7. sarah New Member

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    i cannot explain for others as to why they want an ancient language tattooed on their person, but to me, something written in Latin just sounds more poetic
  8. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    Well, perditus means to be lost in the sense that you're perishing and can abandon hope etc. If that's what you want to imply it should be fine, but in connection with wandering I'd understand "lost" to be in the sense of getting lost somewhere/losing your way/straying (hence my suggestion above)

    (de)perire is the corresponding verb to perditus, the adjective you used above, so the answer would be the same :)
  9. deudeditus Civis Illustris

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    :doh:
  10. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    Good suggestion, Bitmap, but I think you meant decipiuntur. Typo.
  11. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    Thanks for pointing that out. Unfortunately, I can't edit it anymore
  12. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    What happened to the edit function? Has Akela done away with that? :?
  13. sarah New Member

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping me out. This is really really interesting to see so many people with an extensive knowlege and command of the Latin language. :applause:
  14. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    I would say non omnes vagantes aberrant.
  15. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: can someone translate something for me?

    I thought of using that verb earlier.
  16. Anonymous Guest

    Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

    First Post - Be Gentle. As a physician, I thought I could use my Latin exposure in college to correctly translate...but no way...there is much more sophistication needed so I am asking for your assistance please.

    Please Translate the famous JR Tolkien: "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost"

    Many Thanks.
  17. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

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    Re: Please offer your translation assistance

    Depending on the precise meaning, I'd suggest either:

    Non omnes vagantes aberrant. "Not all those who wander lose their way."

    or else:

    Non omnes vagantes aberrarunt. "Not all those who wander have lost their way."
  18. Anonymous Guest

    Re: Please offer your translation assistance

    Thank You very much
  19. Blaze66 New Member

    Hello,

    I was hoping you might be able to translate this Tolkien quote,
    "Not all who wander are lost".

    I've seen it translated both as:
    Non omnes deerrant qui vagantur
    and
    Non omnes vagantes deerrant


    Would you agree with one of those translations and if not, what would you use instead?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Blaze
    Last edited by Blaze66, Aug 19, 2014
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  20. Laurentius Weebus Maximus

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    I think that "non omnes deerrant qui vagantur" can work, wait for more confirmations anyway.

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