‘Game of Thrones’ season 3 spoilers: Speaking the right language

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Game of ThronesGet ready for not only some new characters on “Game of Thrones” season 3, but also a new manner in which many of them speak. Languages have played a key part through the HBO shows thus far, but according to the man responsible for bringing some of these various tongues to the small screen, we are going to ultimately see more of this than ever when the show returns on March 31.

Speaking as a part of a new interview with Forbes, David J. Peterson, a linguist whose job basically is creating and cultivating fictional languages (including the ambitious new Syfy series “Defiance”), explained that thanks to the movement of some characters East this year, he was really a rather busy man over the summer trying to hammer down all of the dialogue:

“I’m creating other languages now, shall we say. So I started with just Dothraki … Actually, this is kind of strange — I did like twice as much work for season three as I did for season two and only one line of Dothraki.”

Peterson also explained that his job was to take the bits and pieces of the Dothraki language that George R.R. Martin created in the books and to expand upon him; it was a bit of a different situation than adapting some of the language in “The Lord of the Rings,” for example, as J.R.R. Tolkien was notorious in creating and expanding upon Elvish and some other languages featured in his books. (These are so rich there are some diehard fans out there who actually speak Elvish.)

Are you appreciative of the rich experience the creation of these languages allows you to have as a viewer? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and you can also read some more on “Game of Thrones” season 3 (at least when it comes to a look back at the past) over at the link here.

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