Game of Thrones ‘Hold The Door’: A Translators Nightmare

‘Hold the door’ became Hodor, and ‘Tenir la porte’ became… Hodor?

Fans of the popular TV show ‘Game of Thrones’ will never forget the beloved simpleton, who carried Bran on his back like a human chariot, and will most likely still cry whenever someone so much as whispers a request for them to ‘hold the door.’

Hodor was a much-loved character on the show, whether it was because of the fact that all he could say was his name, or because he was the only character incapable of evil thoughts, but like most things on Game of Thrones, if you love it… It will most likely get killed off in the most gruesome of ways possible.

Translating ‘Hold the door!’

But one issue arose when the story behind Hodor’s name was revealed, and translators all over the world collectively cried, and not just at the death of another much-loved character.

In English, it is easy to see how the phrase ‘hold the door’ eventually becomes ‘Hodor’, as the words are easily melded together, however in other languages, this is not necessarily the case. As can be seen above, a direct French translation of the phrase is ‘tenir la porte’, which you couldn’t feasibly meld together to make ‘Hodor’ no matter how hard you tried.

So how do you get around issues such as this? After all, language is complex and translating languages, even more so. There is grammar to consider, and some languages do not even have words for certain things!

Below is a list of how certain languages tackled the translations.

French – “Qu’ils n’aillent pas au-dehours!”  (Don’t let them get outside!)

Italian – “Blocca l’orda!” (Block the horde!)

German  – “Halte das Tor!” (Hold the gate!)

Spanish – “Obstruye el corredor!” (Black the passage!)

Polish – “Zahamuj dwych, ile mozesz!” (Hold the dead as long as you can!)

Translating is a most difficult job, which is why it’s important to not only know the language well but to also be effectively creative when issues such as this arise. Certain terms will not always have a direct translation, and sometimes when it does, it may have lost some, or even most of it’s meaning.

Adelphi’s Translators

Remember, when looking for a translation, it’s always better to find a qualified translator. Adelphi’s translators always translate into their native language to ensure the highest quality and most accurate possible translations.

Does your project have an issue regarding translation similar to that of the above? Our translators are more than qualified to find the best solution.

Written by – Hannah Sun

 

Gujarati Voice-over Artist on Adelphi Studio

Gujarati voice artist Rashmika

“Rashmika is an experienced and trained voice-over artist.”

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She speaks Gujarati natively & has a sound knowledge of Gujarati literature and language.

Languages: Native Gujarati and Hindi for all kind of work. English language only for small contents.

Voice Attributes:  Perfect feminine girl voice texture, young to adult and mid-age type voice. Clear, Live, Soft, Soothing, Warm & Friendly. 

 


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Shweta M - Gujarati pro
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Shweta M - Gujarati pro

Adelphi Studio is a multilingual voice over services agency producing foreign language voice-overs in over 75 languages with over 1,200 voice artists.

From Arabic to Yoruba we have the foreign language voice over talent to suit your production and budget. With more voice samples to choose from than other agencies offering a great range of foreign language voice-over artists to meet your expectations. We also have over 120 foreign accent English speaking voice artists to choose from.


Adelphi offices

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Greek voice-over artist on Adelphi Studio

Greek voice artist Philippos P

“Philippos is a professional Greek voice over artist, with 18 years of experience.”

Professional voice artist

His voice has been used by many large organizations in Greece and Cyprus such as Banks, Insurance companies and the Automotive Industry, including Mercedes – Benz
Vodafone.

Philippos has worked on a wide range of jobs from serious announcements, corporate slogans to fun energetic young styles, and he is also a dubbing voice artist, so he can alter his voice to fit several different age group styles.

His voice is deep and powerful, the voice of God.


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Philippos P pro
Sissy P pro
Thomas S pro

Adelphi Studio is a multilingual voice over services agency producing foreign language voice-overs in over 75 languages with over 1,200 voice artists.

From Arabic to Yoruba we have the foreign language voice over talent to suit your production and budget. With more voice samples to choose from than other agencies offering a great range of foreign language voice-over artists to meet your expectations. We also have over 120 foreign accent English speaking voice artists to choose from.


Adelphi offices

Adelphi Studio offers subtitling and voice over services globally from our offices in the UK and the USA.

All US, Canadian, and South American inquiries should be directed to our US office while all other inquiries should go to our UK office.

UK Office
Tel : +44 (0)114 272 3772
Email: sales@adelphistudio.com

US Office
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Email: us@adelphistudio.com

German Voice-over Artist on Adelphi Studio

German voice artist Richard H

“Richard is a German classical trained voice actor, voice artist, audiobook producer based in Germany who has been in the business for 20 years.”

Professional voice artist

Playing shows as an actor in German theatres, making appearance in movies, shows and doing voice-overs for explainers, e-learning (medicine, industry, tech, audioguides), features, documentaries, dubbings, syncing, audiobooks, audio plays and much more.

His voice is clear and warm, in mid-range, with a versatile tone from commercial to playful.


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Karsten W pro
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Pascale - German pro
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Tina E pro
Torsten C pro
Uli G pro
Alex W pro
Alexander D - German pro
Andy Z pro
Anke L pro
Anna M pro
Benjamin pro
Bente L pro
Christoph W pro
Claudio A pro
Dana Fr pro
Dominic K pro
Elke S pro
Gabriele W pro
Heike B pro
Ilja R pro
Jessica R pro
Jessica V pro
Julian pro
Karsten W pro
Linda H pro
Matthias H pro
Meina K - German pro
Michael S pro
Miriam M pro
Pascale - German pro
Pia pro
Richard H pro
Sabine K pro
Tina E pro
Torsten C pro
Uli G pro

Adelphi Studio is a multilingual voice over services agency producing foreign language voice-overs in over 75 languages with over 1,200 voice artists.

From Arabic to Yoruba we have the foreign language voice over talent to suit your production and budget. With more voice samples to choose from than other agencies offering a great range of foreign language voice-over artists to meet your expectations. We also have over 120 foreign accent English speaking voice artists to choose from.


Adelphi offices

Adelphi Studio offers subtitling and voice over services globally from our offices in the UK and the USA.

All US, Canadian, and South American enquiries should be directed to our US office while all other enquiries should go to our UK office.

UK Office
Tel : +44 (0)114 272 3772
Email: sales@adelphistudio.com

US Office
Tel : 916 414 8714
Email: us@adelphistudio.com

Gaelic voice-over artist Siobhan M

Gaelic Speaker Siobhan M

“Siobhan is from the South West of Ireland.”

Professional voice artist

She has a warm, lively, lilting voice, and can effortlessly move between perky or sensual in the advertisement sector, authoritative corporate reads, and informative documentary narration.

She presented her own weekly radio show on Radio Kerry while living in Ireland, as well as voicing hundreds of radio commercials and promos. She has also worked on radio voice-overs in Dublin, narration for Aljazeera programmes as well as news reading on Dublin City University FM. Since moving to London she has voiced several animations and worked on voice-overs for radio.

She also has some drama experience and is fluent in Gaelic.


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Carrie - Gaelic pro
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Siobhan M - Gaelic pro

Adelphi Studio is a multilingual voice over services agency producing foreign language voice-overs in over 75 languages with over 1,200 voice artists.

From Arabic to Yoruba we have the foreign language voice over talent to suit your production and budget. With more voice samples to choose from than other agencies offering a great range of foreign language voice-over artists to meet your expectations. We also have over 120 foreign accent English speaking voice artists to choose from.


Adelphi offices

Adelphi Studio offers subtitling and voice over services globally from our offices in the UK and the USA.

All US, Canadian, and South American inquiries should be directed to our US office while all other inquiries should go to our UK office.

UK Office
Tel : +44 (0)114 272 3772
Email: sales@adelphistudio.com

US Office
Tel : 916 414 8714
Email: us@adelphistudio.com

French Voice-over Artist Gérald on Adelphi Studio

French voice artist Gérald

“Gerald is a European Fvoice-over over artist based in Paris.”

Professional voice artist

Professionally trained in voice-over by the Lorenzo Pancino Academy (France), his repertoire includes a great variety of styles such as promo, comedy, imaging, narrations, audiobooks, etc.

He regularly works for large national and international brands, such as Bouygues, Carrefour, Gillette, Pfizer, and he recently lent his voice to Pope Francis, for the French audio version of his encyclical.

Gerald’s voice is mature, composed and elegant.


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