J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: How to Speak Elvish Conlang

December 18, 2014 1:44 PM

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[This week], The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies aims at taking viewers on a powerful journey in the final installment of the three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. With a production budget for the trilogy of over $750 million, film creators are guaranteed to bring Tolkien's magnificent vision for Middle-Earth to life. For Tolkien superfans, this means brushing up on your "Elivish"!

Celebrated with a cult-following across the globe, Elvish, a constructed language or "conlang," is more than a code, like Pig Latin, and more than fabricated Nadsat slang spoken by the thugs in A Clockwork Orange. As one of the most well-known of the fantasy languages invented for science fiction fi...

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