The Languages of Game of Thrones

I have said several times that I am addicted to series. And, one of my current addictions is the series Game of Thrones. In the first episode of the new season, Daenerys Targaryen surprises Khal Moro and everyone around them when she reveals her knowledge of the Dothraki language. This is one of my favorite scenes from the first episode of the sixth season. And because of this scene I had the idea to make this post about the languages ​​of the series.

Check out the scene I just talked about


George R. R. Martin, creator of the book series “Song of Ice and Fire“, has no background in linguistics as J. R. R. Tolkien; so the languages ​​were not developed in the book, instead there are only few examples of the various fictional languages.

Consequently, HBO hired the linguist David J. Peterson, who created the artificial languages ​​spoken in the series. From the few sentences written in the book, he created a lexicon and grammatical structure for these languages. Continue reading