Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Hobbit in Ancient Greek, paragraph 6


Βύγγος, ὅς ἔστιν ὁ πατήρ τοῦ Βίλβου, ᾠκοδόμησεν τὴν ὁββιτοτρώγλην τὴν τρυφότερην αὐτῇ (ἐν μέρῳ τῷ ἀργυρίῳ αὐτῆς) ἥν εὕρηται εἴτε ὑπὸ Τοῦ Ὄρους εἴτε ὑπέρ Τὸ Ὄρος εἴτε πέραν Τοῦ Ὕδατος. κακει ἔμειναν εἰς τὸ τέλος τῶν ἡμερῶν αὐτῶν. Βίλβος ὁ υἱος ὁ μονόγενης αὐτῆς ὤν ἐν εἴδει  καὶ ἐν ἀνάστροφῃ ἀκριβῶς ὅμοιος ἔκδοσει δευτέρῳ τοῦ πατρός αὐτοῦ ἀσφαλοῦ μαλακοῦ, εἰ τύχοι ἔλαβεν μικρόν τι ἄτοπον ἐν τῇ φύσει αὐτοῦ μητρόθεν κατὰ τοὺς Τούκας. τὸ ἄτοπον ἔμεινεν μόνον καιρὸν τοῦ ἐξελθεῖν. ὁ καιρὸς οὐδέποτε ἥκει  ἕως ἁδρύνθῃ Βίλβος Βάγινος ὤν ὡσεὶ ἔτῶν πεντήκοντα, κατοικῶν ἐν τῇ ὁββιτοτρώγλῃ τῇ καλῇ ἥν ᾠκοδομήθη ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός αὐτοῦ (ἥν ὧδε διηγησάμην σοι) ἕως ἀληθῶς ἐδοκήσεν κεκάθισθαι ἀκινήτως.

[Bungo, that was Bilbo'’s father, built the most luxurious hobbit-hole for her (and partly with her money) that was to be found either under The Hill or over The Hill or across The Water, and there they remained to the end of their days. Still it is probable that Bilbo, her only son, although he looked and behaved exactly like a second edition of his solid and comfortable father, got something a bit queer in his makeup from the Took side, something that only waited for a chance to come out. The chance never arrived, until Bilbo Baggins was grown up, being about fifty years old or so, and living in the beautiful hobbit-hole built by his father, which I have just described for you, until he had in fact apparently settled down immovably.]

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