Possible translation between Shagrat ("With Intent") and Gorbag ("Brain
Shagrat: Brosh! Gorbag! Mash kramp-lat
sûr-tul? Brus-lat taud-ûghû dok?
[Hola! Gorbag! What are you doing up
here? Had enough of war already?]
Gorbag: Ghashan, glob-lat. Agh mash Shagrat krampat?
Kûbruf fauthug-ob nût-tal? Uzug skaug-dhu-ob
[Orders, you lubber. And what are
you doing, Shagrat? Tired of lurking up here? Thinking of
coming down to fight?]
Shagrat: Ghashan u lat. Da ghashnug zagh-zab.
Dhlo pukhlat bukoi. Mol pukhlor lat?
[Orders to you. I'm in command of
this pass. So speak civil. What's your report?]
Gorbag: Garn lab
bûnur srinukh bag dalug-hai shâtaz Shagrat! Nar prakh
[Drat your garbage
orders, dung-rabble racket Shagrat! [We] don't want Shelob us-on.]
Shagrat: Nar, Gorbag!
Latob khlark amub. Gakhul tarbâmat! Nar mudhn du
obhûd Shelob, da kûz. Ta duzufa gozad-tala, ozut, agh
nar bas. Lakur gairz-hosh oghûk fil-u-tab skai? Ta
ba-ufa nokhû, thagukû, thag thagukû. Dhlo gakhul
hokarlat. Agh dak dûrfuf lozudurkh: brus mûdkul
[Nar, Gorbag! Yours
make more noise. Let them frenzy! No worry for the time
being about Shelob, I reckon. She sat on a nail, it seems, but
[we] no cry. Don't-you-see-that 'gross mess'
all-the-way-back to crack-hers curse-it? We've stopped it
once, ten times, ten times ten. So let them laugh. And we
have-luck finally: have something wanted Lugbûrz-for. ]
Gorbag: Lugbûrz prakhat, sha! Uz-lat mash zab kûl? Albai uz-da, nan
gaz. Mash bai zab kûl?
[Lugbuurz desires [it],
huh! Think-you what that thing? Elvish think-I, but small.
What danger that thing?]
Shagrat: Nar khatûrz al luk dak.
[No knowing until look-we.]
Gorbag: Pulgat! Dhlo tak nar shûmb
lat mash gimbaklat? Tak nar shûmb kulûk,
Nar akash. Agh tak ur, yal târulûk.
[Slice it! (Used as an
exclamation) So they not-tell you what to-expect? They
don't tell all, dung piles. Not half. But they err, even
Shagrat: Ssst, Gorbag! Dûrfituk, agh
tab og agh ous koz kulûk;
srinuk-dab-ishi azh, pukhl da. Nan nar hush, mûdkul mudhnat
tak. Nazguul-dhu, shumâbtuk
lab; azh Lugbuurz . Mûdkulgûth lumpufa.
[Sh, Gorbag! By
chance, but their eyes and ears hear all; group-mine-in also, says
I. But no doubt, something troubles them. Nazguul-down-here
are, by-story yours; also Lugbuurz. Something nearly fell [i.e.
Gorbag: Gûth, lat pukhl!
[Nearly, you say!]
[All right, but we'll
talk of that later. Wait till we get to the Under-way.
There's a place there where we can talk a bit, while the lads go on.]
[No, I don't know.
The messages go through quicker than anything could fly, as a
rule. But I don't enquire how it's done. Safest not
to. Grr! Those Nazguul give me the creeps. And they skin the
body off you as soon as look at you, and leave you all cold in the dark
on the other side. But He likes 'em; they're His favorites
nowadays, so it's no use grumbling. I tell you, it's no game
serving down in the city.]
[You should try being up
here with Shelob for company.]
[I'd like to try somewhere
where there's none of 'em. But the war's on now, and when that's over
things may be easier.]
[It's going well, they say.]
[They would. We'll
see. But anyway, if it does go well, there should be a lot more
room. What d'you say? -- if we get a chance, you and me'll slip
off and set up somewhere on our own with a few trusty lads, somewhere
where there's good loot nice and handy, and no big bosses.]
[Ah! Like old times.]
[Yes. But don't count
on it. I'm not easy in my mind. As I said, the Big Bosses, ay, ay,
even the Biggest, can make mistakes. Something nearly slipped,
you say. I say, something has slipped. And we've got to
look out. Always the poor Uruks to put slips right, and small
thanks. But don't forget: the enemies don't love us any more than
they love Him, and if they get topsides on Him, we're done too.
But see here: when were you ordered out?]
[About an hour ago, just
before you saw us. A message came: 'Nazguul uneasy. Spies
feared on Stairs. Double vigilance. Patrol to head the
Stairs.' I came at once.]
[Bad business. See
here -- our Silent Watchers were uneasy more than two days ago, that I
now. But my patrol wasn't ordered out for another day, nor any
message send to Lugbuurz either: owing to the Great Signal going up, and
the High Nazguul going off to the war, and all that. And then
they couldn't get Lugbuurz to pay attention for a good while, I'm told.]
[The Eyes was busy
elsewhere, I suppose. Big things going on away west, they say.]