Hello, friends! The Wheel has turned all the way around to Thursday again, which means two things: the weekend is not too far away, and it's time for our Rotating Features blog!
What does the title of this week's blog mean?! Well, you have more than likely recognized that it is the Old Tongue, a language created by Robert Jordan as the partially lost, yet very intriguing, ancient language in the world of The Wheel of Time. It is used on various occasions by different characters within the books, in some of our favorite scenes--one of my personal favorites is in The Eye of the World when the young characters from Emond's Field remember their heritage and begin speaking in the Old Tongue.... Something which becomes more and more common for one of the most popular characters in the books, as many of you know, I am sure!
The Old Tongue, as we know it, is pieced together mostly by various phrases which Jordan and later Brandon Sanderson translated within the series. There is not (to my knowledge, at least!) a complete language volume anywhere.
However, if, like me, you have more than just a passing interest in languages, and in this one in particular, and find the little snippets we get throughout the books very interesting, there are some online resources that have compiled everything we know about the Old Tongue. One that I like to use is The Old Tongue Dictionary, linked to the following entry in the Wheel of Time Wikia. That page links you to a dictionary of sorts of all the Old Tongue words, both in Old Tongue to English and English to Old Tongue, as well as a list of the phrases they come from.
This is not only very interesting, and a lot of fun for those uber-fans who would love to be able to spout random phrases at times (try it! It's great!), but also can be very useful here at Dragonmount within your posts--especially if you are taking part on the Role Playing forums--and if you're not, maybe you should consider it! In fact, next week I'll be taking a look at them in this blog so that you can get an idea of what they are and how you can join in. Have fun!
Until next time, friends!