Well Tolkien was a philologist and an exceptionally fine storyteller.
During George's screening of episode 8 yesterday, he commented on High Valyrian. He mentioned that a student writing a dissertation on the subject had emailed him asking if he could have a complete alphabet, pronunciation key, and any other notes George may have on the subject. George's reply was, "Sorry, I don't have anything like that. High Valyrian contains seven words, and when I need an eighth, I'll make it up." He also mentioned Tolkien's Elvish afterward.
Thought you'd be interested.
George is an exceptionally fine storyteller, in fact so good.... drives me crazy sometimes.
I know of plenty of fine fantasy writers, there may be some, but I don't know any who are philologists.
I have been re-watching the series again and have to say the injection of Dothraki is quite a charmer, I loved the language stuff Peter Jackson used in LTOR, I think GOT has salted the dialog with just the right amount too.
Seems to me comparing the novels to HBO version, Dany didn't speak Dothraki very well in the prose narrative, I may have gotten the wrong impression. She seems fluent on the show, I liked that.
I think there is just enough, and I don't mind subtitles , never have, but I can see you can't do it all the time. Seems sometimes , I may be mistaken again, here and there the Dothraki was not translated.
Salting with High Valyrian would be quite charming.
Edited by boojam, 22 August 2011 - 09:07 AM.