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Ron Edwards
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« on: September 04, 2002, 01:13:54 PM »

Hey,

I learned neat things at GenCon, like how to say "Sorcerer" in different languages.

Zauberer (German) (thanks to Juergen)
Czarodziej (Polish) (thanks to Jake)

I figure "Brujo" (male witch; warlock) is closest in Spanish.

Anyone else able to add languages? I want lots! Don't give me words for "wizard" or such - I'm looking for the word that a native speaker would really use for the topic of the game.

Best,
Ron
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Blake Hutchins
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2002, 01:31:20 PM »

"Trollkarl" in Swedish.  My reading is that almost all Scandian folk magic carries a dark edge to it.  I've never seen another word for this kind of thing.  Trollkarl has more of a warlock feel than anything else.  It springs from the idea that the other world is close, and trolls/spirits/what have you are likewise near the mundane.  Trollkarl literally translates as Troll + Carl, and implies some authority over and familiarity with trolldom (the unseen world).

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Blake

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GB Steve
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2002, 01:31:38 PM »

It's just Sorcier in French, which is not very exciting.

Babelfish claims the following:
Hechicero in Spanish
巫师 in Chinese
魔術師 in Japanese

Steve
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Ace
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2002, 08:29:33 PM »

Well in Old Norse it would be Vitki
or maybe Finngerd (source http://rune.mindlessgames.com/mythology.shtml

who used these so-so sources

Norse Magic, D.J. Conway, 1997
Finnish Magic, Robert Nelson, 1999
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, H.R. Ellis Davidson, 1964
The Book of Runes, Ralph Blum, 1982
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