[quote=""Valkrist""]Thanks for the reply, Rev. I still doubt we are going to see any changes in Glamdring, and a new plaque certainly won't be enough to make me go out and buy the sword again.
As for what is written on those axes, no true Tolkien linguist that I know of would be able to help you. The language of the dwarves, Khuzdul, was so secretive that only a very few words were known to outsiders, such as the names of dwarven places and their war cry. In fact, one of the only non-dwarves that Tolkien says learned the language was Eol the smith. The dwarves never spoke it in the presence of others and even the names they gave to people they met (Thorin, Balin, Gimli, etc) were not their true dwarf-names but given instead for the benefit of outsiders.
In the FOTR movie, I believe Gimli can be heard venting his grief in what sounds like Khuzdul when they find Balin's Tomb in the Chamber Mazarbul. I feel this was a mistake by Jackson who probably thought it would be cool to have the audience hear dwarven spoken, but likely would not have happened unless you want to say Gimli completely lost control of himself.
My point here is, the names/words on the axes are most likely made up and their translation, if any, would only be conjecture because hardly any vocabulary exists for that language.
Edit: Oh, just remembered. There is another scene in one of the movies where Gimli utters something apparently rude in what sounds like dwarven. Someone else (can't remember who) comments on how impolite the comment is. Again, a stupid decision to show off something that runs contrary to the vein of what Tolkien wrote. Either Gimli has gone completely rogue and doesn't give a crap about anyone hearing his people's secret language, or in PJ's version of Middle-earth, there is no such thing as a secret dwarven language. The fact that someone else can understand him and say that was not nice attests to the erroneous depiction of Khuzdul in the movies, at least with regards to correct Tolkien lore.[/quote]
I know that the house of Hador learned many a dwarf word because of their outstanding friendship with the Longbeards. But other than that you are correct in saying that pretty much no one knew the language (except Galadriel knew a bit). I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts that the words may not even been Dwarvish. The other possibility is that they are more like initials for full words.
On the movie Gimli comments I can see how some would be frustrated. To me the Balin tomb cry out was justified, the poor guy is sad! On the Haldir insult, "I spit on your grave," eh it was in the extended and cut anyways. To me, I know many an insult and curse words in other languages, but not much else. Although it may be completely "un"Tolkien, it isn't unrealistic for someone as wise as Aragorn to tell Gimli, "Now that wasn't very polite."
To me, Gimli screams out a dwarf battle cry at Hornburg in the book, so it is written in his character to blurt out this secret language in his rage. So I cut slack on the Balin death cry, but not so much to the Haldir insult. They could have just had Gimli insult him in Elvish and it would have been that much more canon for sure.
Other than that, I guess we have to wait until October when Kit could tell us what Salo made up, because even if it isn't Tolkien, it is good fun to know. For all we know they say, "Left" and "Right," or "Wam" "Bam" and his giant hammer says "Thank you mam!"