Fantasy writer George R.R. Martin, besides sharing the “double Rs” in his name with J.R.R. Tolkien, is a beloved fantasy author who is in the midst of creating his imaginative masterpiece. Unlike Tolkien, he is able to communicate with and to fans in the digital age. At his “Not A Blog” he wrote today about Tolkien’s skills with linguistics and contrasted it with his own invented language which to date contains only seven words! With an adaptation of his first book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series headed to HBO, Martin explains what must be done to breath life into his fictional tongue on television while praising The Good Professor.
He starts: “Klaatu Barada Nicto…… or something like that. Truth is, I suck at foreign languages. Always have. Always will. That can be a real drawback for a fantasist working in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien, who set the bar very high…”
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