Google Translate Thought Russia Was Mordor For A Hot Sec

Google Translate Thought Russia Was Mordor

For a brief glorious moment, the world's international politics and 'Lord of The Rings' nerds were #blessed with one technological glitch to rule them all: The phrase 'Russian Federation' became 'Mordor' (yes, that Mordor) due to a glitch in Google's Ukrainian to Russian translator tool.

In addition to this high fantasy error, Google Translate also turned the word 'Russian' into 'occupant' and the name of Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov's last name to sad little horse, according to Washington Post .

This mistake certainly did lead to a few shenanigans (or at least a little confusion), since Google's automatic translator is used by a few national news outlets, per Washington Post :

At least one major Ukrainian news outlet, Ukrainska Pravda, uses Google Translate to switch its entire site into Russian as its articles are published online. That means that every mention of the Russian Federation would have been rendered as Mordor, a grim, volcanic region in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that is the lair of evil.


Washington Post also reports that 'Pro-Ukrainian activists sometimes use the term ['Mordor'] to refer to Russia.' While it's not clear whether this glitch was a purposeful hack or an intentional political message, the problem was fixed by late Tuesday, Moscow time.