Land of Shadow's Black Speech
dialect of the Black Speech know as the Shadowlandian Black
Speech was created by Scatha, the great Dragon Queen
of Mordor and Morgoth's Lair, and was made for the Dark Community
of Mordor... the Land of Shadow.com and Dark Messages
our community board. She has since expanded it's use across the
web into many of our fellow Dark Sites, including Morgoth's
Lair and Lugburz ensuring it's longevity over time
and giving the dedicated students of this dialect of the Black
Speech, a variety of forums and communities to discuss, learn,
speak and write in the Dark Tongue of Mordor.
will be forever grateful to Scatha and many other dedicated Black
Speech linguists who contributed to this great work of linguistic
wizardry that breaths life into the expedience of Tolkien's Land
of Shadow. We Thank you Scatha!
Introduction from Scatha the Black Speech Linguist
J. R. R. Tolkien invented the Black Speech for his Lord of the
Rings trilogy, he created only a few phrases and orc names. In
order to develop the language for use and communication, we have
invented new words and have developed some grammatical rules.
In order to make it clear which words came directly from Tolkien,
and which ones were created by other people, source abbreviations
(in all caps) are given with each word. This dictionary was based
on several online Black Speech discussions and resources. (See
URL's in Appendix below.) I tried to base my new words on Tolkien's
original BS vocabulary and on his proper names for orcs. The rest
I extrapolated from the sources noted below and from Quenya. I
apologize if I have neglected to credit anyone. If you find that
I have, please email me. Please also let me know if you find any
errors or problems. Scatha
Several different groups and people have invented various versions
of Black Speech. This is entirely in keeping with Tolkien's observations
that orcs spoke many different dialects. These "dialects"
are named by their creators. Mine is called "Uzg Bûrgulu-ob"
(Land of Shadows). There is also a dialect called "Horngoth,"
another one by a Swedish LARP group called "Svartiska",
and a defunct one by the name of Mugbûrz. If you decide
to create your own dialect, please give yours a distinctive name.
Please feel free to to use, share, or copy these dictionaries
and lessons as you wish, but please do give credit to the various
creators. Thank you.
*A note about accent marks: Accent marks or double vowels only
indicate the length of the syllable, not stress. Because this
dictionary was taken from many different sources, you'll find
both versions of some of the long vowels (sorry!) but the double
vowels are identical to accented vowels: û = uu, î
= ii, â = aa.) They are interchangeable. The double or accented
vowel should be pronounced as a long vowel: uu = "ooh,"
aa = aah, ii = eeh, oo = oh. This is important, because there
are several words that would otherwise sound too similar (fil
= cave, and fiil = bird.) Long vowels are alphabetized as though
they were spelled out.
A note about pronunciation: According to Tolkien, the "l"
should be pronounced like the American "dark l," as
in "look." The "r" should be pronounced like
the French "r." This will give your pronunciation of
Black Speech words an appropriately horrible and scary sound.