International logo’s for The Last Jedi have begun to appear across the planet and have inadvertently opened a hornets nest of speculation regarding the true meaning of the movies title.
With the word ‘Jedi’ being both singular and plural in the English language, the foreign translations have led to speculation regarding which of the two the word ‘Jedi’ refers to. Christoph Wolf over at StarWarsUnion.de dropped us a line with his thoughts.
Disney Germany just announced the German version of the title, so apparently today is international title day. It’s “Die letzten Jedi”, as in more than one. Interestingly enough, Return of the Jedi in German is “Die Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter”, so that was a plural, too, except it even added “knights” at the end (turning it into The Return of the Jedi Knights).
Meanwhile Flavien Huynh gave us this insight into the French translation of the title.
The official French SQ twitter account just posted the French title for TLJ and it brings a nice clarification
— Star Wars France (@StarWarsFR) February 17, 2017
In “Les derniers Jedi”, words are in plural form. Which means we are talking about the Jedi as a group, and definitely not as an individual.
Finally over at Cultress.com the meaning of the Italian logo is disseminated.
Gli Ultimi Jedi, dicembre 2017 al cinema. pic.twitter.com/t0AuvTrmSK
— Star Wars Italia (@StarWarsIT) February 17, 2017
Yes, that’s in Italian. And because Italian is not nearly as obnoxiously imprecise as English, their translation of “Gli ultimi Jedi” back into ours reveals that in fact the title The Last Jedi is actually “The Last of the Jedi.”
Make of that what you will but an incontrovertible fact is that The Last Jedi hits UK cinemas in 300 days.