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Happy Easter

It’s not a holiday I celebrate, myself. But for those who do, here’s the statement and response, “Crist is risen!”; “Indeed he is risen.” … in Quenyan (aka Tolkein’s Elvish) …

(English text: Ortanne Laivino; Anwa ortanne Laivino; I’m not sure because I don’t speak Elvish, but I believe the Quenyan script version above may be only the “Christ is risen!” part of the exchange. No doubt a Tolkein purist will inform me if I’m wrong.)

… and Klingon …

yinqa’ HrIyStoS; yinqa’bej

Although don’t you have just a bit of a hard time imagining Klingons saying any such thing?

These are from Pascha Polyglotta by Steven Bigham and were set to me by a friend, who may have been somewhat impaired by having spent all night at church, both worshipping and feasting on the kind of fare that induces food coma. You can look up those phrases in your language of choice (and even hear them spoken) at the link.

Real language junkie? Here’s a quiz that asks you to match the languages of the two parts of the greeting.

Though I don’t celebrate this holiday, I’m enjoying a non-rainy, almost-warm day of relaxation after too long a time of rainy, cold, and busy.


  1. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 16, 2017 3:57 pm

    Remember, he was a nice Jewish boy…

  2. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 16, 2017 5:34 pm

    LOL! My grandparents spoke Yiddish around us but never used that one. They used a few curses but this was my favorite. Yiddish is great sounding language for cursing.

    װאַקסן זאָלסטו װי אַ ציבעלע מיטן קאָפּ אין דר’ערד! Vaksn zolstu vi a tsibele mitn kop in dr’erd! May you grow like an onion with your head in the ground.

  3. Borepatch
    Borepatch April 16, 2017 6:05 pm

    I wonder if Tolkein ever considered Easter in an elvish context. I would have LOVED to be at the pub when the Inklings talked about that!

    Happy Easter, Claire.

  4. just waiting
    just waiting April 17, 2017 3:18 pm

    Three guys die and get to heaven. St. Peter says “I’ll let you in if you can tell me the meaning of Easter”

    First guy says “I know Easter. Big jolly guy in a red suit flies around the world giving gifts for good little boys and girls”

    Poof. Off to hell he goes.

    Second guy says “I know Easter. Everyone dresses in green, waves shamrocks, eat corned beef, talk with an Irish accent”

    Poof. Off to hell he goes.

    Third guy says “I know Easter. A guy named Jesus talked about god and made people angry and scared, so they hung him on a cross until he was dead”

    “Go on” says Peter.

    “When he was dead, they put his body in a cave and put a big rock in front of it”

    “Go on”

    “And three days later, Jesus rolled the rock away and came out of the cave

    And he saw his shadow

    And there was six more weeks of winter”

  5. Claire
    Claire April 17, 2017 3:45 pm

    So did the third guy get in? Did he get in???


  6. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 17, 2017 6:25 pm


  7. John
    John April 17, 2017 6:57 pm

    Purgatory right???

    Unless maybe St. Peter is a hard grader or going for a threefur?

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