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'''Wolfgang Krege''' ([[February 1]], [[1939]]- [[April 13]], [[2005]]) was a German author and translator. He translated several of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s works to German.
  
'''Wolfgang Krege''' ([[February 1]], [[1939]]- [[April 13]], [[2005]]) was a german author and translator. In the sixties, he studied philosophy at the university in Berlin. Since [[1970]] he works as an editor and subeditor, but as a translator, too. The first work, he translated, written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]], was [[The Silmarillion]] (as ''Das Silmarillion'' [[1978]]), this translation was a great success for him. His next "project" was the new translation of [[The Hobbit]], which was first translated years before by [[Walter Scherf]] (as ''Kleiner Hobbit und der große Zauberer'' [[1957]] later as ''Der kleine Hobbit'' [[1971]]). The modernized translation was published [[1997]]. With his knowledge about J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, he writes the encyclopaedia ''Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde'' (Guide of the wise men of Middle-earth) in [[1996]] and an elvish-dictionary in [[2003]]. Beside his translations of Tolkien's works, he was the translator of books by authors like Anthony Burgess, E. Annie Proulx, Amélie Nothomb, Joseph Conrad, William Goldman and many others.  
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==Translations==
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The first of Tolkien's books Krege translated, was ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' (as ''Das Silmarillion'' [[1978]]). This translation was a great success for him. His next "project" was the new translation of ''[[The Hobbit]]'', to replace [[Walter Scherf]]'s ''Kleiner Hobbit und der große Zauberer'' [[1957]].  
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This modern translation was published [[1997]].  
  
In [[2000]] his most discussed translation was published, a new german rendering of [[The Lord of the Rings]]. Krege tries there to render the original language style into german equivalents. Actually he accomplish, that the translated text seems more vivid. But a mistake of him was, that he used, to render the everday language of, for example the [[Hobbits]], the too modern german language style of the early nineties. Because of this, the archaic narrative style of the original otftenly get lost. A popular example for one of this mistranslations is Krege's rendering of [[Samwise Gamgee]]'s title he gives to [[Frodo Baggins]], in the english version this title is "master", for this, the old translation has "Herr" (lord/master), but the new translation has "Chef" (boss/head). The word "Chef", seems not the perfect choice for the relationship of a rural gardner to his lordship. Most of the fans prefer the first translation by [[Margaret Carroux]], but there are a lot of others, who like Wolfgang Krege's modern rendering.
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With his knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, he wrote the encyclopaedia ''Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde'' ("Guide of the wise men of Middle-earth") in [[1996]] and an [[elvish]] dictionary in [[2003]]. Beside his translations of Tolkien's works, he was the translator of books by authors like [[wikipedia:Anthony Burgess|Anthony Burgess]], [[wikipedia:E.Annie Proulx|E. Annie Proulx]], [[wikipedia:Amélie Nothomb|Amélie Nothomb]], [[wikipedia:Joseph Conrad|Joseph Conrad]], [[wikipedia:William Goldman|William Goldman]] and many others.
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In [[2000]] his most discussed translation was published, a new german rendering of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', to replace [[Margaret Carroux]]' earlier translation. Krege tried to render the original language style into German equivalents. This worked mostly, but a major point of critique on his translation was his use of modern, early Nineties, German, especially the [[Hobbitish|language of the Hobbits]]. Most of the fans{{fact}} prefer the first translation by [[Margaret Carroux]], but there are a lot of others, who like Wolfgang Krege's modern rendering.
  
 
===Translations and Works===
 
===Translations and Works===

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Wolfgang Krege (February 1, 1939- April 13, 2005) was a German author and translator. He translated several of Tolkien's works to German.

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The first of Tolkien's books Krege translated, was The Silmarillion (as Das Silmarillion 1978). This translation was a great success for him. His next "project" was the new translation of The Hobbit, to replace Walter Scherf's Kleiner Hobbit und der große Zauberer 1957. This modern translation was published 1997.

With his knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, he wrote the encyclopaedia Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde ("Guide of the wise men of Middle-earth") in 1996 and an elvish dictionary in 2003. Beside his translations of Tolkien's works, he was the translator of books by authors like Anthony Burgess, E. Annie Proulx, Amélie Nothomb, Joseph Conrad, William Goldman and many others.

In 2000 his most discussed translation was published, a new german rendering of The Lord of the Rings, to replace Margaret Carroux' earlier translation. Krege tried to render the original language style into German equivalents. This worked mostly, but a major point of critique on his translation was his use of modern, early Nineties, German, especially the language of the Hobbits. Most of the fans[source?] prefer the first translation by Margaret Carroux, but there are a lot of others, who like Wolfgang Krege's modern rendering.

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