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Chris Blackford Mar 14, 2015 (02:38)

I was wondering if anyone has any interest in Khuzdul? I know some things about it, namely that it's based on semetic languages, has an "old" and "new" system of pronunciation, and that some place names are in Khuzdul (Gundabad "the mountain of destiny", Khazaddum "the delving of the Dwarves"). But that's about all I know.

Paul Strack Mar 14, 2015 (07:35)

I've spent a bit of time looking at Khuzdul, but Tolkien just didn't write much about it. It ranks pretty low in available vocabulary, after Quenya, Sindarin, Telerin, Adunaic, Ilkorin and Westron.

I've seen some interesting attempts to reconstruct more of Khuzdul from the real world Semitic language it resembles. You might look at:

David Salo also wrote about his Khuzdul reconstructions for Peter Jackson's Middle Earth movies:

ܤܡܝ ܦܠܕܢܝܘܤ Mar 14, 2015 (11:16) is another supplementary/pseudo-Khuzdul project that has gained some following.

There's also an analysis of Tolkien's Khuzdul in Arda Philology #1 (pp. 42-65) :

Michele “Fili” Marie-Jeanne Mar 14, 2015 (13:15)

^I've been learning that pseudo- (or neo-) Khuzdul.

Chris Blackford Mar 14, 2015 (14:39)

Thanks all! I'll be sure to check all that out!

Fiona Jallings Mar 14, 2015 (23:07)

Here's another to check out:

Beregond, Anders Stenström Mar 30, 2015 (10:13)