Farabor wrote:You may be missing the point here...
Sure, there may be falcon-equivalents in the Star Wars Galaxy that the ship is named for....but how likely is LUKE to know what one is? I mean, he comes from a freaking desert planet!
I certainly don't know the names of all the weird species that are on my own freaking planet, let alone somewhere out there in the galaxy...I think its perfectly reasonable to have Luke have no clue what a falcon is, as I'm sure there's no Tattoine equivalent.
My own problem with the Star Wars universe is the assumption that each planet has only one climate type: desert, jungle or ice, and so on. And, if Tatooine has non-desert areas, or even areas with semi-desert fauna--why not a flying predator? And such a predator of suitable size would be translatable as a "falcon".
It's also interesting that "parsec" is related to time and the Earth-Sun system, somewhat indirectly. We have 360 degrees of 60 minutes or 3600 seconds each because of the Babylonians and the number of days in a year. One Parsec is the distance that gives a parallax of one arcsecond when viewed from an orbit of two Astronomical Units in diameter, so it too is closely connected to the Earth.
Banksy wrote:More on topic; I agree with the comments that have already been said, really, that falcon is the closest English word to whatever creature was originally the namesake of the falcon. Does anyone really want to watch a film where all the dialogue is in a fictional language, and you have to translate it as best you can?
Well actually yeah that'd be awesome xD But sacrifices must be made
And, even if such a movie were made, wouldn't there be English subtitles anyway? And that would rather defeat the purpose of the fictional language. No--I'd use the Dune
system: occasional words of great content in the "original" language (as we do with certain words here on Earth, like angst
) and most simply translated. We might (in theory) have lost some of the overtones, but apart from learning Galactic Common and whatever other languages (Ewoki) were in use, what else can we do?
Pxtl wrote:I had the same problem with Han saying "I'l see you in Hell" in the second film. The only apparent religion in Star Wars is the Force, and there doesn't seem to be any concept of Hell in that.
OTOH, at one point a character tells Darth Vader that he follows "an ancient religion"--which seems to imply that other religions also exist, even if they are not taken too seriously in the secularized and urbanized Empire, and many or all religions have some sense of an afterlife, which may approximate or substitute for Hell. Such as Avernus or Hades (Rome and Greece).
Having become a Wizard on n.p. 2183, the Yellow Piggy retroactively appointed his honorable self a Temporal Wizardly Piggy on n.p.1488, not to be effective until n.p. 2183, thereby avoiding a partial temporal paradox. Since he couldn't afford two philosophical PhDs to rule on the title.