A Brief Guide to Fictional Languages in Literature

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Have you ever wanted to chat over tea with the Elves, horse warriors, or cosmic squids?

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Last week, we were treated to a great article on the creation of the Dothraki language, as it is spoken in the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. Inspired by this new insight into the culture of Khal Drogo, we decided to take the opportunity to look into some other interesting fictional languages, from complete universes with many dialects to what amounts to English augmented by very creative slang.

Before you rise up in righteous fury, this is only a guide to languages either solely or originally conceived of in books, so nerd-favorites Na'vi and Klingon are excluded—but you've already heard too much about them anyway. Click through to read our brief guide to fictional languages in literature.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

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Emily Temple is an editor at Flavorpill.

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