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    Righting strength

    Hello,

    I am busy with the translation of five chapters of a novel, for my dissertation, and I have come across this rather complicated term: righting strength.

    So you have the context, the novel is a fantasy novel. In the story, Alfheim (= "the realm of the elves") gets at war with Trollheim (= "the realm of the trolls"), and in this conversation, a human girl tells her human boyfriend (Skafloc) that she is afraid for him, because he fights on the side of the elves and a great battle is awaiting him.

    Here it is:

    "No fear." Skafloc laughed. "We will meet them at sea and break their power. Any who land we will wipe out. Then with its righting strength gone, Trollheim will be easy to subdue. "T'will be a lusty fight, but Alfheim cannot help winning it."

    Note that the author modified his text, so there are two versions of it. In the other version, he writes:

    "No fear." Skafloc cast off his unease. "We will meet them at sea and break their power. Any who land we will let stay, in as much earth as they need to cover them. Then with its strength gone, it will be a romp to lay Trollheim under us. Oh, we will have lusty fighting, but Alfheim would have to work hard not to win."

    I have searched all over the Internet, as well as in the Harrap's unabridged pro, and a friend looked in the Robert and Collins, but I still don't have a clue of what "righting strength" means, apart from the fact that it must not be very different from simply "strength".

    So if anyone can help me on that one, that would be a huge relief !

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    Re: Righting strength

    I'm 99.9% sure that's a typo and it should say "fighting strength".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Righting strength

    Well, it makes sense, since the only entry that I've found on the Internet and that seemed relevent was in fact a "fighting strength". Thank you very much for your answer !

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    Re: Righting strength

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm 99.9% sure that's a typo and it should say "fighting strength".
    That's right. Look how close F and R are on the keyboard.

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