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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: SoD

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



Voragh:
>> While not relating directly, I did find this interesting quote
>> from the {paq'batlh}:

>>   'Iw bIQtIqvo' toS SuvwI' yoH puH QaDDaq paw 
>>   The fearless warrior climbs out of the [river of]
>>   blood onto dry land. 

Lieven: 
> I don't know how far this is canon:
> 
>   'ej HumtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw
>   'ej Doq SoDtaH ghoSpa' Sqral bIQtIq
>   'e' pa' jaj law' mo' jaj puS
>   jaj qeylIS molar mIgh HoHchu'qu'

I'd forgotten about this song, sometimes called {HumtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw} in fandom (cf. http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Klingon_drinking_songs )  I don't know if Okrand supplied the Klingon to the writers (who seem to have mangled it a bit), but he refers to it in KGT:

KGT 123:  {Doq bIQtIq bIQ} ("The river water is red"). The phrase can be traced back to an old drinking song [{HIvje' bom}] that commemorates the slaying of the tyrant Molor by Kahless. On that day, according to the song, the River Skral ran red; that is, it was filled with the blood of Molor." 



--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons




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