who created the language in game of thrones
David Joshua Peterson
The Dothraki language was created by David J. Peterson for HBO‘s Game of Thrones (an adaptation of George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire), and is spoken by the Dothraki people. In Martin’s universe, the Dothraki are a race of nomadic horse warriors that live across the Narrow Sea on a large steppe-like grass plain known as the Dothraki Sea. Though they have a city (Vaes Dothrak), they go there only to trade, and never stay for long, ranging wide across the Dothraki Sea and stopping in at the cities that dot the coasts (the Free Cities, Slaver’s Bay, etc.).
The language (as it is today) is an expansion of the small bits of Dothraki found in the first three books of A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s now a fully-functional, human-usable language with a vocabulary of over 3,000 words (and growing).
David J. Peterson
Born January 20, 1981
Long Beach, California
Occupation Writer, language creator
Language creation for Game of Thrones and Defiance
Spouse(s) Erin Peterson
David Joshua Peterson (born January 20, 1981) is an American linguist and language creator who constructs artificial languages for TV and movies, including Dothraki and Valyrian for the Game of Thrones TV show.
Though George R.R. Martin created the characters, cultures, geography, politics and basically everything else that goes into HBO’s Game of Thrones, he did not create most of the foreign language spoken by the show’s characters.
Most of the foreign words spoken in the series came from the mind of David J. Peterson, the linguistics expert and founder of the Language Creation Society who came on board way back when the pilot episode of Thrones was filmed to flesh out a full speaking vocabulary and grammar structure for Dothraki, and later both High and Low Valyrian (the kind of Valyrian spoken by the Unsullied slavemaster Kraznys).
Game of Thrones is HBO‘s adaptation of George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. The show has most recently completed its fifth season. Season six will likely be airing on HBO some time in the spring of 2016.
The show itself, though, is just the most recent (and perhaps now the most visible) chapter in a large artistic endeavor by George R. R. Martin. It began with the books, the first of which (A Game of Thrones) appeared in 1996. So far, the series comprises five books, the most recent of which, A Dance with Dragons, was published in July of 2011. The Dothraki language is a part of the show, which itself is a part of the larger work.