10/02/2015

From Dothraki To Valyrian: Building The Languages Of Game Of Thrones

24:09 minutes

Jason Mamoa as Khal Drogo, a chieftain of the Dothraki people in HBO's "Game of Thrones." Photo courtesy of HBO
Jason Mamoa as Khal Drogo, a chieftain of the Dothraki people in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Photo courtesy of HBO

Author George R.R. Martin created detailed worlds, characters, politics and even the beginnings of language systems in his novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Language creator and The Art of Language Invention author David J. Peterson talks about how he transformed Martin’s 56 original Dothraki words into the language for the HBO series Game of Thrones. Read an excerpt here.

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David J. Peterson

David J. Peterson began creating languages in 2000, received his M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2005, and cofounded the Language Creation Society in 2007.

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