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'''Wolfgang Krege''' ([[1 February|February 1]], [[1939]]- [[13 April|April 13]], [[2005]])<ref name="LK">Kuppler, Lisa: ''Wolfgang Krege. 1.2.1939-13.4.2005. Ein Nachruf'', in: ''Der Flammifer von Westernis'' No. 24 (1/2005).</ref> was a German author and translator. He translated several of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s works to German.
  
'''Wolfgang Krege''' ([[1 February|February 1]], [[1939]] - [[13 April|April 13]], [[2005]]) was a German author and translator. He translated several of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s works to German.
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Wolfgang Krege grew up in Berlin, where he began his philosophy studies at the [[wikipedia:Free University of Berlin|Free University of Berlin]] during the early 1960s. He worked as a lexicon editor, copywriter and reader. Since [[1970]] he worked as a translator for numerous publishing groups, too.<ref name="LK"/>
  
==Biography==
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The first of Tolkien’s books Krege translated, was ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' (''Das Silmarillion'' [[1978]]). His new translation of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' was published [[1997]] (''Der Hobbit oder Hin und zurück''). With his knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, he wrote the encyclopaedia ''Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde'' in [[1996]] and an [[Elvish]] dictionary, called ''Elbisches Wörterbuch'', in [[2003]].
  
Wolfgang Krege grew up in Berlin, where he began his philosophy studies at the [[wikipedia:Free University of Berlin|Free University of Berlin]] during the early 1960s. He worked as a lexicon editor, copywriter and reader. Since [[1970]] he worked as a translator for numerous publishing groups, too.
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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.<ref>''Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek'' (http://www.dnb.de/DE/Home/home_node.html).</ref>
  
==Translations==
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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 styles into German equivalents and to make the translated text, in his view, more vivid and easier to understand for younger readers. This worked mostly, but major points of critism of his translation were that he used the different language styles in a too inconsistent way and that he chose the German of the early 1990s, including various slang words of this time.<ref>[http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/literatur/0,1518,100975,00.html ''Dalli Dalli in Mittelerde''], critical article about the new translation by Rüdiger Sturm, published 3 November, 2000.</ref><ref>[[Rainer Nagel|Nagel, Rainer]]: ''Verschiedene Interpretationen eines Textes als Grundlage von Übersetzungsstrategie. Die »alte« und die »neue« deutsche HdR-Übersetzung'', in: ''[[Hither Shore]]'' 1 (2004), p. 85–117.</ref>
  
The first of Tolkien’s books Krege translated, was ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' (''Das Silmarillion'' [[1978]]). His new translation of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' was published [[1997]] (''Der Hobbit oder Hin und zurück'').  
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Wolfgang Krege was married to the German editor and translator Roswith Krege-Mayer.<ref name="LK"/>
  
With his knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, he wrote the encyclopaedia ''Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde'' in [[1996]] and an [[Elvish]] dictionary, called ''Elbisches Wörterbuch'', in [[2003]].
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== Bibliography ==
  
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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=== Translations ===
 
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*[[1978]]: ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' (''Das Silmarillion'')
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 styles into German equivalents and to make the translated text, in his view, more vivid and easier to understand for younger readers. This worked mostly, but major points of critism of his translation were that he used the different language styles in a too inconsistent way and that he chose the German of the early 1990s, including various slang words of this time.<ref>[http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/literatur/0,1518,100975,00.html ''Dalli Dalli in Mittelerde''], critical article about the new translation by Rüdiger Sturm, published [[3 November|November 3]], [[2000]]. (German)</ref>
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*[[1979]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]'' (''J. R. R. Tolkien: Eine Biographie'')
 
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*[[1982]]: ''[[On Fairy-Stories]]'' (''Über Märchen'', published in the anthology ''Baum und Blatt'')
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*[[1984]]: ''[[A Secret Vice]]'' (''Ein heimliches Laster'', published in the anthology ''Gute Drachen sind rar'')
 
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*[[1984]]: ''[[Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics]]'' (''Beowulf: Die Ungeheuer und ihre Kritiker'', published in the anthology ''Gute Drachen sind rar'')
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*[[1987]]: ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'' (''Sir Gawain und der Grüne Ritter'', published in the anthology ''Die Ungeheuer und ihre Kritiker'')
 
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*[[1991]]: ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' (''J.R.R. Tolkien: Briefe'')
*[[1978]]: [[The Silmarillion]] (''Das Silmarillion'')
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*[[1997]]: ''[[The Hobbit]]'' (''Der Hobbit oder Hin und zurück'')
*[[1979]]: [[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]] (''J. R. R. Tolkien: Eine Biographie'')
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*[[2000]]: ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' (''Der Herr der Ringe'')
*[[1991]]: [[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]] (''J.R.R. Tolkien: Briefe'')
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*[[2002]]: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century]]'' (''J. R. R. Tolkien: Autor des Jahrhunderts'')
*[[1997]]: [[The Hobbit]] (''Der Hobbit'')
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*[[2000]]: [[The Lord of the Rings]] (''Der Herr der Ringe'' with completed [[The Lord of the Rings Appendices|Appendices]])
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*[[2002]]: [[J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century]] (''J.R.R.Tolkien: Autor des Jahrhunderts'')
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===Original works===
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=== Original works ===
 
*[[1996]]: ''[[Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde]]'' (Middle-earth guide)
 
*[[1996]]: ''[[Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde]]'' (Middle-earth guide)
 
*[[2003]]: ''[[Elbisches Wörterbuch]]'' (Elvish/German dictionary)
 
*[[2003]]: ''[[Elbisches Wörterbuch]]'' (Elvish/German dictionary)
  
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* [http://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de/v4/alleszutolkien/uebersetzung/docs/dtg.pdf  List of translation errors made by Krege in ''The Lord of the Rings''] (German)
 
* [http://www.tolkiengesellschaft.de/v4/alleszutolkien/uebersetzung/docs/dtg.pdf  List of translation errors made by Krege in ''The Lord of the Rings''] (German)
 
* [http://www.aslanidis.de/lotr/chapter%201.01.html Comparing the translations of Margaret Carroux and Wolfgang Krege]
 
* [http://www.aslanidis.de/lotr/chapter%201.01.html Comparing the translations of Margaret Carroux and Wolfgang Krege]

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Wolfgang Krege
Biographical information
BornFebruary 1, 1939
DiedApril 13, 2005
OccupationTranslator, author

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

Wolfgang Krege grew up in Berlin, where he began his philosophy studies at the Free University of Berlin during the early 1960s. He worked as a lexicon editor, copywriter and reader. Since 1970 he worked as a translator for numerous publishing groups, too.[1]

The first of Tolkien’s books Krege translated, was The Silmarillion (Das Silmarillion 1978). His new translation of The Hobbit was published 1997 (Der Hobbit oder Hin und zurück). With his knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien and his works, he wrote the encyclopaedia Handbuch der Weisen von Mittelerde in 1996 and an Elvish dictionary, called Elbisches Wörterbuch, 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.[2]

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 styles into German equivalents and to make the translated text, in his view, more vivid and easier to understand for younger readers. This worked mostly, but major points of critism of his translation were that he used the different language styles in a too inconsistent way and that he chose the German of the early 1990s, including various slang words of this time.[3][4]

Wolfgang Krege was married to the German editor and translator Roswith Krege-Mayer.[1]

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Bibliography

Translations

Original works

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kuppler, Lisa: Wolfgang Krege. 1.2.1939-13.4.2005. Ein Nachruf, in: Der Flammifer von Westernis No. 24 (1/2005).
  2. Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek (http://www.dnb.de/DE/Home/home_node.html).
  3. Dalli Dalli in Mittelerde, critical article about the new translation by Rüdiger Sturm, published 3 November, 2000.
  4. Nagel, Rainer: Verschiedene Interpretationen eines Textes als Grundlage von Übersetzungsstrategie. Die »alte« und die »neue« deutsche HdR-Übersetzung, in: Hither Shore 1 (2004), p. 85–117.

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