hey! i love your blog and it made me even more interested on sumerian language. also, my name means "woman of strength" or "one who is strong". could you translate it?
Silim! And thanks for the kind words ^_^
I’ll translate “strong woman” first. The basic word for “woman” is munus. There are quite a few words for “strong” in Sumerian, but a couple pertinent ones are lirum “physically strong, athletic” and kalag “strong, powerful”
(You may notice these words look very similar. It’s because lirum is (most often) written with kalag 𒆗 as one of its component signs.)
There are also a couple more specific terms you may like. One is angal, “strong person” in the sense of “leader” (it’s a gender-neutral term). There is also a specific term, burshuma, which means “matriarch, old and powerful woman”.
Is there a word for strong in Sumerian, with the meaning more figurative than literal? What about a word for warrior?
There are several words for “strong” in Sumerian! But most of them are associated with physical strength. The most basic word for “strength” is a(2), an extremely versatile word meaning “arm, wing, strength, workforce, wages, moment.” Various terms, like angal “strong (one), power(ful), leader” and anunngal “strongest, most powerful”, are derived from it.
Other physical-strength terms include lirum “strong, athletic” or shul “strong, heroic; young man”.
Less physical strength is most often kalag “strong, powerful”. Other vocab words are uru(n) “mighty, exalted” and ir “mighty, manly”.
The word usutuku refers to strength of skill, i.e. “skilled, powerful person”. And you sometimes encounter the word silig “axe” used for “strong, mighty” in a metaphoric sense.
“Warrior” also has several vocabulary options. One is gud, derived from the verb “to jump (at), attack”. Another is ursang, meaning “warrior, young man, hero” (and source of the word namursang “heroism, valor”). And you can also use shul “strong; young man” (see above) for “warrior”.
All cuneiform images are from the ePSD. Hope those are helpful!
I’m torn. There are pretty remarkably sad scenes in gaming. But there were two that really stood out for me…and that would be scenes in Metal Gear Solid 3 and Lost Odyssey. (Some of my other favorite sad scenes include games like Xenosaga Ep III, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Final Fantasy X…also, I haven’t played Crisis Core…though duh since it’s a prequel I know the sad ending…but I haven’t watched it yet cause I still want to play it!!)
BUT…I still went ahead a chose one, and for just one reason.
*spoilers* I thought it was necessary to point out cause this I can’t skip explaining!
This scene…seriously…this scene. It got me. Now I may or may not had physically shed a tear, but it was ingrained in memory forever.
Now obviously, serious spoilers ahead…BUT…
Kaim, the main character, is an immortal. For a while, he was living a normal life…with his wife and child. Those days came crashing down when he witnessed his daughter, Lirum, fall to her death off a cliff. Since then, his memory was unclear. But one day, he comes across two children and they bring him to their house. They show him to his sick mother. That sick mother is Kaim’s daughter, whom he thought dead for years and years.
To think, to finally have found her again, she is within her last moments. Like a shot from a bullet, all walls come crashing down for Kaim, as he holds his long lost daughter, dying…in his arms. Lirum…she is happy. And she can finally rest. She closes her eyes.
The tears pour down, Kaim breaks down…Lirum’s children…Kaim’s “grand children”…they scream…and they scream.
I can’t even…seriously the saddest moment in gaming ever. No really, I mean it.
And from this moment on…you really see Kaim’s character truly evolve. He began as the wanderer, became the gentlemanly family man…thought he lost his family…and became the brooding mercenary. He finds his family again and those emotions once lost are regained, and you watch him grow as he now takes care of his grandchildren throughout his journeys. Touching? Oh hell yes. And you witness all this transformations and really take notice that Kaim is one of the most well written protagonists of recent…actually, since ever. It’s truly sad this game didn’t get more recognized. There is some amazing content in Lost Odyssey, and phenomenal characters.
Anyway…yes, this scene can’t ever be topped for me.