- Smwaug or Smorg ?
Urban dictionary says;
A type of common, low quality grazing animal. Found mainly around the South of England, particularly Brighton. A smorg can be found migrating to a PC or such browser technology.
I was in Brighton last week, just so happened to see a Smorg in the town center. Nice wheels.
Which has left me none the wiser, tbh.Posted 4 years ago
Smorg, no question about it.
If Tolkien was alive he’d question it! Here’s another forum on the subject (over a decade ago):
There’s a more recent argument on there about whether it’s 650b or 27.5…Posted 4 years ago
Personally I’d always pronouced it more like Smog, but with a sort of extended “o” if that makes any sense.
Quite how anyone could come up with the pronunciation Smorg when there isn’t an r in the word is beyond me. Then again some people will insist on prouncing the word south as sarf, so I really shouldn’t be that surprised.Posted 4 years ago
tell me then how you pronounce ‘augment’ ?
Well that’s really tricky to type but the au part I would pronounce the same as “awe” but with a very soft w. Of course none of that is all that relevant as the english languge isn’t one where the same sequence of letters is always pronounced the same way 😉
I certainly wouldn’t be adding an r to it!
There’s no O in it either not even an extended one.
That was a bad decription on my part in fairness it’s probably more like the augment examply used above.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Cougar – Moderator
I always pronounced it sm-oh-wg, but apparently Tolkien left extensive notes on language and pronunciation and sm-ow-g (as per the movies) is correct.
This is LOTR in a nutshell, take whatever liberties you like with the characters and the plot but definitely do obsess over pronounciations and detail, that’ll make all the difference when Legolas is surfing on a shield shooting orcs with his gatling bow.Posted 4 years ago
gonefishin – Member
Quite how anyone could come up with the pronunciation Smorg when there isn’t an r in the word is beyond me.
want me to go on?
it’s ‘Smorg’ definitely*.
(*how i pronounced it in my head when i read the book when i was 9)
fyi: mount everest should be pronounced ‘eve-rest’, not ‘ever-rest’ – bu it sounds wrong so it is wrong, i don’t care how right it is, it’s wrong.Posted 4 years ago
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