Travels With Trolls

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
Yǔ jùguài tóngxíng
= 'with'.
巨怪 jùguài = 'giant monster, demon'.
同行 tóngxíng = 'travel together'.
Travelling With Giant Monsters
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
Yǔ shànguài gòngyóu
= 'with'.
山怪 shànguài = 'mountain monster, demon'.
共遊 gòngyóu = 'travel together'.
Travelling With Mountain Monsters
Torōru to no toroi tabi
トロール torōru to = 'troll' (English) + 'with' = 'with a troll'.
no = connecting particle
とろい toroi = 'slow, dull, dull-witted'.
tabi = 'journey'.
Slow Travels With Trolls
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Ngao du với quỷ khổng lồ

Du Hành Cùng Người Khổng Lồ
ngao du (邀遊) = 'travel, roaming (old-fashioned)'.
với = 'with'.
quỷ () = 'evil spirit, devil, fiend'.
khổng lồ = 'huge, colossal'.

du hành (遊行)= 'touring'.
cùng = 'along with'.
người = ‘person'.
khổng lồ = 'huge, colossal'.
Roaming with Colossal Fiends

Travelling with Colossal People
Mongolian (previous)
Ойн мангастай зорчихуй
Oin mangastai zorchikhui
ой oi = 'forest' (Genitive form).
мангас mangas = 'monster' (Comitative form 'with').
зорчихуй zorchikhui = 'travelling'.
Travelling with Forest Monsters
Mongolian (new)
Савдагтай зорчсон нь
Savdagtai zorchson n'
савдаг savdag = 'local deity' (Comitative form 'with').
зорчих zorchikh = 'travel' (Past tense).
нь n' = 'about' (makes the preceding sentence into a noun).
About having travelled with Local Deities

The books in the Gilderoy Lockhart Series follow a simple but humorous pattern in English.

All describe spending time with a particular kind of unsavoury creature.

All are expressed in the form 'X with Y'.

In each case there is alliteration between X and Y (Break with a Banshee, Gadding with Ghouls, Holidays with Hags, etc.).

The interesting points in any translation are:


The troll is a dwarf or giant in Scandinavian folklore inhabiting caves or hills.


Several translations use verbs to translate 'travel'.


The Japanese uses a witty alliteration by adding the rather colloquial word とろい toroi, meaning 'dull, slow-witted' to describe what travels with trolls is like.

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