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

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, September 22, 2014
> Klingon word: Hew
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: statue

Hew vIHo' 
I admire the statue. KGT

tam; Hew rur 
quiet as a statue KGT

KGT 78:  Statues are found in public spaces...

KGT 79f.:  One of the most highly developed of the Klingon arts is sculpture. A statue of any kind, realistic or abstract, is a {Hew}. Realistic statues are found in public spaces, most notably the Hall of Heroes ({Subpu' vaS}), which features likenesses of famous Klingon warriors. Some particularly famous statues are reproduced in miniature and are found in Klingons' homes. The most frequently seen of these, commonly referred to as {ghobchuq loDnI'pu'} ("the brothers fight one another"), is a depiction of Kahless in hand-to-hand combat with his brother Morath. Statues are carved of stone ({nagh}, rock, stone) by various techniques. Thus, among other things, the sculptor ({Hew chenmoHwI'} [literally, "statue creator") may {nan} (gouge), {tey} (scrape), or {ghItlh} (engrave). To apply these techniques, specialized tools are employed: the {nanwI'} (chisel; literally, "gouger"), {teywI'} (file; literally, "scraper"), and {ghItlhwI'} (stylus). The word {ghItlhwI'} (literally, "engraver") is also used for any writing implement as well as for any person who writes. Indeed, the verb {ghItlh} is most commonly translated as "write", but it always refers to the act of writing-that is, of making marks on some surface--not to the act of composition. Its use in the contexts of both sculpting and writing suggests that writing began as carving. In addition to the specialized tools, any blade ({'etlh}), even if designed for other purposes, may be used as a sculpting tool. Kahless himself is said to have used his *bat'leth*, the original "Sword of Honor," to carve a statue for the woman he loved, presumably Lukara.

KGT 61:  A {'etlh}, even if primarily a weapon, may be used in other activities as well, such as hunting and even sculpting. Indeed, to restrict the use of a {'etlh} to combat is to minimize the flexibility of its design.

KCD:  Pok's father Torghn had several interesting pieces of sculpture in his house: {ghobchuq loDnI'pu'} "The Brothers Battle One Another", {ghochwI'} "The Tracker" and {'Iw 'Ip ghomey} "Blood Oath Circles" ("a work by the Klingon artist {mIstaq}").

A photo of Gowron standing in front of two huge statues in the Hall of Heroes {Subpu' vaS} at Ty'Gokor can be seen in KGT p.98 (cf. DS9 "Apocalypse Rising").

*{Habnagh} is a "type of stone indigenous to Qo'noS, often used in the construction of statuary. First referenced in _The Brave and the Bold, Book 2_." (KRAD: _A Good Day to Die_)

"hew" (i.e. to sculpt, carve)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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