Roda and the Wolf"Roda and the Wolf" language

8 pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in Heavy Metal #83 (1984). Reprint [COLOR] in Werewolf (1984).
Story/Color/Art: Richard Corben (signed as Corben, 1983). Lettering: printed (Heavy Metal).

Unknown language: The language used in this story could be Tagalog which is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a quarter of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by the majority. Also it could be Esperanto or Portugese. One posibility is also Javanese which is the language of the Javanese people from the central and eastern parts of the island of Java, in Indonesia. [wikipedia]

"Roda" is very suitable name for the protagonist in this story. It leads thinking to "red" but it is also in Latin "wheel". Roda the red head (cf. Red Riding Hood) is constantly running, escaping.

Page 1: Roda and the Wolf. No spoken words.

Page 2: "Ni mortu! Ka naga!" ["ni" might be "no", "mortu" has prob. connection to the "death" or "murder"]

Page 3: "Ni kordu, Roda. San waza." ["ni" in this case sounds like "no" something]
"No zagwok tan mago lok." ["mago" > "magician"]
"Ti nekro mangalod tu zumba si grinda." ["nekro" > "death" or "black", "grinda" > "grandma"]

Page 4: "Roda, se com du mok?" [?]

Page 5: "Si grinda son ku na wagu." ["si" > maybe "your", "grinda" > "grandma"]
"Tuma si lago comdu wan si doma." ["lago" > "lake?", "doma" > "house" or "home", "si doma" > maybe "your home"]
"Tan mu su maga wan do."["mago" > "magician?"]
"Si du magalad, ko di luna." ["luna" > "moon"]
"Kanku no muuda lan gotly me." [?]

Page 6: "Ganto su ayes mo grinda." [Oh grandma, why your eyes are so big?]
"Waza kon ayesdu Roda." ["That I can see you, my Roda."]
"Ganto su sodocs mo grinda." ["Oh grandma, why your ears are so big?"]
"Waza kon sodow, Roda." ["That I can hear you, my Roda."]
"Ganto su smase, mo grinda." ["Oh grandma, why your nose is so big?"]
"Waza kon smaseu, Roda." ["That I can smell you, my Roda."]
"Ganto su dentac, mo grinda." ["Oh grandma, why your teeth are so big"]
"Waza kon magadent mo Roda, mo Roda!" ["That I can eat you, my Roda, my Roda!"]

Page 7: No spoken words.

Page 8: "Grinda!" ["Grandma"]

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Created: December 22, 2014. Modified: July 5, 2019.