Game of Thrones’ David J. Peterson explains how he created The Witcher’s Elder Speech

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Netflix’s upcoming fantasy hit, The Witcher, is launching on Netflix on Friday the 20 of December and the show’s promotion has entered high gear. The Henry Cavill-led series is based on a saga of Polish books written by Andrzej Sapkowski, who created a realistic fantasy world with its own history, its own politics and also its own language. Titled Elder Speech, the language belongs to the ancient dwellers of the Continent. As we revealed earlier this year, Netflix chose Game of Thrones‘ Dothraki language creator David J. Peterson to adapt and expand the Elder Speech for the show.

In a new video shared by IGN (as part of their exclusive Witcher promotion), Peterson and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich discuss the importance of Elder Speech and how that language was created for the show.

“Once you get to the middle of the season,” says Hissrich. “There are entire scenes that are done in Elder Speech, so we are relying on it that much.” In the series, Elder Speech will be spoken by elves and dryads, though we may also hear it when the mages and sorceresses cast their spells.

With The Witcher mere days away from release, Netflix has held a world premiere in London and are presenting a second premiere in the series’ homeland, Poland. We were able to get an invite to the Warsaw event, where the show’s first three episodes will be screened, and we’ll be reporting on it shortly after.

As of this writing, there are only two days left!

2 comments on “Game of Thrones’ David J. Peterson explains how he created The Witcher’s Elder Speech”

  1. That’s bad. Don’t do whole scenes full of strange languages. Game of Thrones proved that this is 100% pure cringe. Fucking use it sparingly.
    Seasoning, not meat!

  2. Yup that languegae sounded like brazilian/argentinian and actors were spitting the words accenting each one of them..It did not sound as if they spoe that language all their lives but as if they have just learned new language. It was not natural.

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