On this week’s Thronecast, the hosts welcomed David Peterson, the language inventor responsible for bringing Dothraki and Valyrian into our homes. David discusses how he landed the job of creating languages for Game of Thrones, and how he went about constructing them based on what George R.R. Martin had already written. He admits that there are a few hidden easter eggs in his translations, including a Monty Python reference in Breaker of Chains, and that Jacob Anderson has become his new hero, delivering Valyrian better than he himself ever could.
- How he landed the Game of Thrones gig
- How he set about creating Dothraki
- Basing Dothraki on the Arabic language
- The unique task of beginning with 56 pre-existing words
- Other languages he has created
- Is Valyrian a complete language?
- Hidden Easter Eggs – his cats are well represented
- How long it takes to construct one sentence
- Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) is his hero
- His favorite scene in the entire series
- He records every line to help the actors
- He’s never been to the set
- The Monty Python reference in Breaker of Chains
Thronecast has also shared a short video in which David Peterson teaches us five simple phrases in Valyrian.
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