Browsing the Dutch Wikipedia the other day for spoken articles and along comes Sméagol...

Monday, January 17, 2011

So I was browsing the Dutch Wikipedia yesterday in its spoken articles section, and noticed that one of the articles was on Sméagol (Gollum). Hmm, sounds interesting. Click on the .ogg article to give it a listen, and there recorded in 2006 is Gollum's voice speaking Dutch, as if Gollum himself had dropped in to record a bit of Wikipedia for the Dutch community. That recording is too good to suffer in obscurity so I turned it into a YouTube video and added an English translation. As is often the case, I made it a bit more literal than usual in order to make some of the Dutch/English cognates even easier to understand, because why not.

Here's the video:

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