Creators of true geek art follow JRR Tolkien’s example and craft fictional languages to populate their worlds. Wired lists the best examples:
- Klingon. The Star Trek creation is the king of all sci-fi languages, with fully realized grammar and vocabulary.
- City Speak. Blade Runner’s vision of earth as a mishmash of Western and Eastern cultures was greatly enriched by this language, described as a “mixture of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you.”
- R’lyehian. HP Lovecraft’s intended the language of elder god Cthulhu to be so bizarre that it would drive humans insane. Did he succeed? ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!
- Huttese. We hear only snippets of the native language of Jabba and his minions in Return of the Jedi, but Star Wars books and video games have greatly expanded on Hutt culture.
- Sindarin. Tolkien set the standard for fantasy and sci-fi writers.
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