Fantasy as a genre on TV has become very sophisticated. Long gone are the days when you could have a show located in a fantastical world and characters would spout random, made-up gibberish and pass it off as their “language.” The current mantra is, when you give attention to minute details into the costumes, weaponry, and hair styles of your invented culture, you have to also give it a proper language too. That way dedicated fans—and there are those out there this motivated—can figure out that there is a system to that language and they might even learn to speak it themselves.Game of Thrones’ producers did a bit of a smart thinking when they decided to hire language creator David Peterson to work out realistic languages for the show. This piece will list seven cool facts about the language from the first two seasons, Dothraki.
1. PETERSON Won A CONTEST AMONG LANGUAGE INVENTORS To become Dothraki creator
The Language Creation Society was founded in 2007. The aim of this organization is to be the organization where people who invent languages (known as “conlangers”), be it for artistic or intellectual reasons, could meet, share their work and promote their craft. The show’s producers approached theLanguage Creation Society asking them to help create Dothraki. The society held an internal contest. Peterson’s 180-page proposal (along with dictionary and audio files) got selected and it was to present to the producers, who hired him.
2. A LOT in the VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR OF DOTHRAKI HAS NEVER been applied ON THE SHOW
With over 3000 words, Peterson’s dictionary is not lacking in vocabulary and grammar. It even describes the proper way to constructs a wide range of sentence types. After mastering it, you could say all kind of things in correct Dothraki that have never been uttered on the show. Want to write a wedding vow? How about a poem? Translate Shakespeare? Learn Dothraki and get going!