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Tolkien's Languages

J.R.R. Tolkien was not only an amazing writer but an avid linguist and he developed several languages for his books which include The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. I think that if anyone deserves to have their fantasy languages on Duolingo it is J.R.R. Tolkien. He did a very thorough job and he is certainly qualified, being a linguist and all. I would definitely learn his languages. What do you all think?

December 28, 2017



I want to see Quenya on here because I am a giant nerd.


To answer the question what I think -

My understanding of the relationship between the books and the languages is backwards to what your synopsis reflects; Tolkeinn did not create languages for his books. He created books for his languages. The evolution of the languages was, from my understanding, the first aspect of Middle Earth that Tolkeinn developed and filled in backstory for the changing cultures to that spoke these changing languages and from that story came the Hobbit books.


Yes Khuzdul or the Dwarvish tongue is better than klingon or high valerian then why we dont have such nice languages. Please its a humble request to developers that please introduce Tolkienic languages


Per the instructions to suggest a language, I also would love to see the Tolkien languages offered. From my understanding, the Elvish tongues are more developed than the others, but linguists have worked to flesh out all Tolkien’s languages to use in the film franchises. I would really like to see Khuzdul offered myself.

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