Mind Your Language
David J Peterson, the man who puts words in Dothraki mouths
David J Peterson is Westeros’s very own Tower of Babel. As Game Of Thrones’ language consultant, he’s responsible for creating the anything- but- common tongues often heard in the show.
One of Peterson’s more prominent GOT creations, Dothraki, is complete enough to be a workable language, and now we’ll all get the chance to talk like horse- mounted warriors thanks to new book Living Language Dothraki.
Peterson says he was given plenty of freedom to work out how Khal Drogo and his brethren would talk. “They wanted it to sound harsh, and they wanted it to incorporate everything that George RR Martin had created, but after that it was up to me.”
Luckily for the show’s cast, Peterson doesn’t expect any of them to become fluent in High Valyrian. “The actors who do best memorise the phrases almost as song lyrics. They get the rhythm of them. They memorise it without necessarily knowing what it means.”
Living Language Dothraki is out now.
Drogo: “Anha vazhak yeraan thirat.” You: “Phew.”