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 Post subject: How do you pronounce Dúnadan?
PostPosted: March 13th, 2007, 3:55 am 
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When I first read the books . . . before the film, I used to pronounce it as Dun- a- dan ... but in the films they seem to pronounce it as Dun - a - dine (as in din-ing table :P ) Then i'v also heard it pronounced Dun - a - dain (which sounds like rain :confused2: )

How do you pronounce it? and is there actually a correct way of pronouncing it anyway? :confused: :confused2: :confuzzled:

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aha! I see! Thanks :-) its nice to know how others pronounce it

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I think it's an ú, not a û, Ellie, but I still pronounce it the same as in Nazgûl with an "oo" sound. And I was looking at the pronunciation stuff in the back of RotK, and the plural form of the word is supposed to be pronounced like "doon-a-dine." So the pronunciation in the movie is correct, according to Tolkien's wishes. :)

So Dúnadan is "doon-a-dan" and Dúnedain is "Doon-a-dine."

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Blimey! this gets slightly confusing... but I think i get the drift now! Thanks alot guys :D:D:D :hug:

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The u in Dúnadan is stressed because of the accent mark, so according to usual pronunciation rules it is.. ehh, pronounced the way Aerandir and others already stated.
However, I have been a little unsure of the correct pronunciation of Dúnedain, but this explains it, so thank you! :-)

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hmm, not sure... i think becuase I changed it :P oh well it does now hehe. thanks for your help all of ya! :D:D

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I say Dune-a-dan.

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Well Dúnadan is the singular form and Dúnedain is plural so it slightly depends on the number what way you pronounce it.

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Aerandir wrote:
I think it's an ú, not a û, Ellie, but I still pronounce it the same as in Nazgûl with an "oo" sound. And I was looking at the pronunciation stuff in the back of RotK, and the plural form of the word is supposed to be pronounced like "doon-a-dine." So the pronunciation in the movie is correct, according to Tolkien's wishes. :)

So Dúnadan is "doon-a-dan" and Dúnedain is "Doon-a-dine."

I guess you're right about that, Aerandir.
Anyway, all people here in Germany pronounce it like that. So I didn't think about it before. :P

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I say doon-a-dayn.

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For Dúnadan (singular) I say DOO-na-dan (same as everyone else).
For Dúnedain (plural), I agree that it ought to be doo-nuh-dine, but I'm used to pronouncing it doo-na-dane, because that's how my Dad said it when he read me the books. *shrug*

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Aerandir wrote:
I think it's an ú, not a û, Ellie, but I still pronounce it the same as in Nazgûl with an "oo" sound. And I was looking at the pronunciation stuff in the back of RotK, and the plural form of the word is supposed to be pronounced like "doon-a-dine." So the pronunciation in the movie is correct, according to Tolkien's wishes. :)

So Dúnadan is "doon-a-dan" and Dúnedain is "Doon-a-dine."


tis is Aerandir, so by principle it must be right -ish. But I think its really up to you how you pronounce it. Whatever feels best to you.

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Lol, Mephiston. "Right-ish." Great word. :P

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Aerandir wrote:
Lol, Mephiston. "Right-ish." Great word. :P

Great Languages are made from a bit of imagination. I don't have the wish to speak the Queens english every minute of every hour of every day Aerandir.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you pronounce Dúnadan?
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I pronounce it correctly.

Sorry... couldn't resist :p

Actually I didn't pronounce the plural form correctly for years... back in the [gasp] 1970s. But then the constructed Silmarillion was published... and ah... well I still didn't pronounce it correctly. But sometime after that...


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I pronounce it correctly.

Sorry... couldn't resist :p

Actually I didn't pronounce the plural form correctly for years... back in the [gasp] 1970s. But then the constructed Silmarillion was published... and ah... well I still didn't pronounce it correctly. But sometime after that...


:lol: Same here. I also had th epronounciation of 'Saruman' wrong for many years.

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