Have you ever wondered who would be creating the languages in The Witcher? Someone who’d take the existing words and phrases from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and create an actual language around them? If you wished for David J. Peterson of Game of Thrones fame, as many did, you’re in luck!
David took to Twitter to share his excitement over San Diego Comic Con and tagged none other than The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich.
To be completely honest, this doesn’t come as a surprise for us Witcher fans. David’s involvement in the show has been speculated about ever since he and Lauren started following each other on social media last year, right when the scripts were being written and polished.
If you have seen Game of Thrones, and you most likely have, you know David is an amazing pick for this position. He has taken single words and phrases from the Dothraki and Valyrian languages in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels and turned them into real languages one can actually learn and speak in (with actual Duolingo courses)!
We can’t wait to see the results of David’s work with Elder Speech, One Speech, the Dwarvish language, the Nilfgaardian language, the Dryad dialect and more! In fact, Tom Canton, who plays King of Elves Filavandrel, is so inspired by his character and the language he started interacting with fans in Elder Speech!
Check out the following video with David from WIRED where he explains his process of language creation:
With this addition to The Witcher crew, we are not only confident the linguistic part of the universe will be done justice, but it will be taken to a level we only could have been dreaming about.