Dothraki Language of Game of Thrones – 7 Fun Facts!
3. Dwight Schute inspired ONE GRAMMATICAL FEATURE
Last autumn on NBC, an episode on The Office there was an instance where Dwight tries to convince Erin to learn Dothraki instead of French. The interesting fact is that, the writers did their homework and (without any consultation with Peterson) did actually manage to use valid Dothraki. Moreover, they even extended the grammar. Peterson had not yet explicitly described how noun-verb compounds work in Dothraki, but he noticed the Dothraki compound examples which Dwight had written on a piece of paper—fothaggendak (I throat-rip), fothaggendi (you throat-rip), fothaggenda (he/she/it throat-rips)—and declared it good Dothraki. That construction is now known as a “Schrutean compound.”
4. PETERSON’S WIFE AND CAT ARE given tribute in Dothraki
In an absolutely heart melting gesture, Peterson gave a tribute and honoured his wife by taking her name, Erin, and turned it into the Dothrakiabstract noun meaning “kind” or “good,” from which is derived is the verb “erinat” (to be good) and the noun “erinak” (lady, kind one). In another similar gesture, the word “okeo,” which is also the name of his beloved cat is given a tribute. Okeo, was adopted by Peterson and his wife while he was beginning to work on the language. At the shelter the cat’s name was “Oreo” but his tag made it look like “Okeo” so that’s what they called him. Okeo died at 7 months but his name lives on as the Dothraki word for “friend.”