Culture, Fantasy, Translation

Professor Emanuel Lotem, Beloved Israeli Translator of Tolkien and Herbert Dies at 80

Lotem translated over 400 works of fiction and non-fiction, including works by Tolkien, Herbert, Chrichton, and Stephen Hawking.

Emanuel Lotem. (Photo: Shai Avidan, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Professor Emanuel Lotem, who translated some of the greatest fantasy and scifi series into Hebrew along with hundreds of other works, passed away today (Sunday) at 80, according to Makor Rishon.

Among other works, Lotem translated JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, Frank Herbert's Dune, and Michael Chrichton's Jurassic Park along with many other works, including some major non-fiction books such as Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and Anthony Beevor's history of WWII.

Lotem was one of the founders of the Israeli Association for Science Fiction and Fantasy and headed it for a number of years.

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