- We know Nori’s best friend from “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” in Germany under the name Magsame.
- In the English original, however, Magsame is called Poppy. Just one of many translations, but this one seems particularly wondrous.
- Here, however, Amazon followed Tolkien’s lead, who valued such changes.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power introduces us to numerous new denizens of Middle-earth, including Magsame Pridefriend (Megan Richards), Nori’s best friend. In the original English language, however, her name is Poppy Proudfellow. Why was the name changed?
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In fact, the “new” name is due to an old Tolkien tradition. The names that the British cult author gave his characters had etymological backgrounds. He wanted these word origins to be preserved in the translations as well. Thus, Tolkien worked on the first German-language translations of his works.
The name Poppy comes from Old English and refers to the cultivation of poppies, which was practiced from the early 15th century. The German equivalent of the name is Magsame, which means something like “poppy seeds”.
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So we can see that Amazon had Tolkien’s spirit in mind when translating the name, which may at first seem a bit odd to some viewers. The name Magsame still exists in some regions of Germany today.
How the journey of Magsame Stolzfreund and the other harfeet continues in the upcoming episodes of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Season 1, we find out every Friday in the new episodes. Every morning at 6 a.m., a new episode appears in the Amazon Prime Video streaming program.
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