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    ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Hi. I'm on a quest to transform ═■rottaßlfurinn the song. Here are the details:

    1. It has to be in English
    2. It has to fit the music just like the Icelandic version
    3. The lyrics have to be a rough translation of the Icelandic version.
    4. It must have two verses and two choruses.
    5. Each verse must follow a unique rhyming pattern

    I would really appreciate if anyone could help me with this. Comment here and I'll send you a PM and we can get started.
    Here are the lyrics in Icelandic, if you need to translate, or for inspiration:

    SÚr­u ßlfa - sitja'og gera 'ekki neitt
    s˙ra ß svipinn - og ■ykja lÝfi­ svo leitt?
    Nei, alltaf ■ar sem er ßlfamerg­
    eru'einhver ˇsk÷p gangandi ß.
    Vi­ erum alltaf ß fullri fer­,
    vid erum bara ■annig ger­
    Og Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn,
    ßlfanna fyrirmynd sjßlf.
    Jß, Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn,
    ■˙ finnur el fimari ßlf.
    Ekki syrgja - og setja hendur Ý skaut
    Úg sřna skal ■Úr - og fˇlkinu glŠnřja braut.
    Letibikkjur og bjßlfana
    Ý lata bŠnum Úg ■jßlfa Ý lag.
    Kreppi­ ß ykkur kßlfana,
    ■vÝ ■a­ er Úg sem ■jßlfa ßlfana
    Jß, Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn,
    alltaf sprŠkur og hress.
    Jß, Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn,
    ■ekki┤ekki streitu nÚ stress.
    Jß, Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn,
    Ý■rˇttir eru mitt fag.
    Jß, Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn,
    ÷llu Úg kippi Ý lag

    Thanks so much,
    LAJMS123

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    Re: ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    That's a good idea. Part of this project is already done, as some of the song has already been translated during the translation process of ┴fram LatibŠr. Of course, it's not the whole song, and it has not been changed to rhyme or match the meter of the Icelandic original, but it's something. It's been my intention to at some point go back and revisit songs that were shortened in the plays and get them fully translated, and this is one of those cases.

    I have a few questions for you: where did you get these lyrics, especially the verse that isn't shown in the play, and also, what gave you inspiration to do this?
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    Re: ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Hi. Thank you for your reply. I got the lyrics off of GetLazy wiki because the version of the song that was released on CD included the extra verse. So, some kind, Icelander, translated, here is the page: http://www.getlazy.net/wiki/index.ph...lfurinn_(song)

    Also, I got inspiration as I am writing, producing, and directing, a play which is nothing to do with LazyTown, but, I, liked the songs, so, I wrote to Magn˙s asking for permission to use the music and change the lyrics slightly. He hasn't got back to me yet. I liked this song in particular, so was hoping to translate it into English.

    Hope all of that makes sense.

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    Re: ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Quote Originally Posted by LAJMS123 View Post
    Hi. Thank you for your reply. I got the lyrics off of GetLazy wiki because the version of the song that was released on CD included the extra verse. So, some kind, Icelander, translated, here is the page: http://www.getlazy.net/wiki/index.ph...lfurinn_(song)
    I understand. The reason that I ask is because several years ago, I paid an Icelander to write down the lyrics to all of the Icelandic songs that were out at the time. After working with other Icelanders with translation/transcription projects, I discovered that the initial transcription was a little botched. I guess the guy was lazy with it or something, because there have been many instances of his transcription being incorrect for no real reason. I'm not sure if the lyrics on the Wiki are those same ones, but they might be. Later when I get home, I'll have to review the original files that I have from the guy to see if I can find out if they are the same, and if there are any errors. That's the long way of saying to be hesitant with taking those lyrics as absolute.

    Quote Originally Posted by LAJMS123 View Post
    I wrote to Magn˙s asking for permission to use the music and change the lyrics slightly. He hasn't got back to me yet.
    Don't hold your breath on that one
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    ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Thanks. If you find them, would you please send them to me? Also, I tried sending a letter to Turner a couple of weeks ago, asking for permission after I sent one to the studio in December . Forever hopeful!

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    Re: ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Quote Originally Posted by LAJMS123 View Post
    Thanks. If you find them, would you please send them to me? Also, I tried sending a letter to Turner a couple of weeks ago, asking for permission after I sent one to the studio in December . Forever hopeful!
    Nobody from LazyTown is at the studio anymore and Turner doesn't give a fuck, so I think you're just talking into the abyss. Permission-schmermission; just do whatever.
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    Yeh, youre exactly right. If no one responds, I'll do it anyway.

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    Re: ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    A few weeks ago, a commenter on the ┴fram LatibŠr translation video took the time to make a correctly metered translation of the part of the song in the play. Again, it's not what you're looking for, but it's closer.

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    SÚr­u ßlfa
    Do you see elves
    Sitja'og gera 'ekki neitt
    Sitting, doing nothing
    S˙ra ß svipinn
    Looking bitter
    Og ■ykja lÝfi­ svo leitt
    And feeling bad for themselves
    Nei, alltaf ■ar sem er ßlfamerg­
    Wherever there is a group of elves
    Eru'einhver ˇsk÷p gangandi ß
    There's too much energy to keep still
    Vi­ erum alltaf ß fullri fer­
    We always move around at full speed
    Vid erum bara ■annig ger­
    It's just the way we've always been
    Og Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn
    I'll tell you, my name is Sportacus
    ┴lfanna fyrirmynd sjßlf
    A good example for all
    Jß, Úg er Ý■rˇttaßlfurinn
    I'll tell you my name is Sportacus
    Ů˙ finnur el fimari ßlf
    You won't find a more agile elf
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    ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    It's a good start. We can work off of that to begin with!

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    ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Was it an Icelander that translated that for us?

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    Re: ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Quote Originally Posted by LAJMS123 View Post
    Was it an Icelander that translated that for us?
    Well, yes, kind of. An native Icelander did the initial translation, then he and I did the interpretation to what you see in the video, but then the commenter re-interpreted it again to come up with what I posted above, so it's another degree of separation from the original translation, but it still fits your requirement of "rough translation."
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    ═■rottaÓlfurinn Transformation Process

    Right. Well, like I said, it's a good place to work from. Thanks Stingy, I appreciate it

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