The Dwarrow Scholar needs you!

Well met!

Those that are giving me a somewhat angry look… mercy please! *starts waving a little white flag*.  It has indeed been a tremendous long time since my last post… and I’ve kept everyone waiting for the updated materials… however… I hope you’ll be thrilled to hear that the updated neo-khuzdul material is getting its last finishing touches. Hence the reason I have not been putting up any new posts on this blog recently… as I’ve used up every spare second of my free time to update and create new neo-khuzdul material for you! … yes you 😉

I’m not going to go into too much detail on the new material in this post (saving that for later), but those that have signed up should be more than happy with the result (if I may say so).

So why this teasing post ? Well… spending months updating and creating new documents has also made me have a closer look at the YouTube lessons I had made in 2012 (those currently online).  As all those needed urgent revision as well.  The result is that I’m in the midst of completing an entire “lesson pack” – containing no less than 24 individual neo-khuzdul lessons.  To make it a bit more interesting than before several stories have been created (finishing some of those now), which will form the backbone of the lessons.  For these stories I hope to find several people to voice the characters.

Dwarrow Scholar Needs YOU

Dwarrow Scholar Needs YOU

What exactly am I looking for:

* 4 to 6 people to voice-act the various characters in the lessons, both men and women of all ages are welcomed.

* People that speak English (does not need to be native, yet needs to have a very good understanding of the language) – if you are reading this without the use of Google translate I guess that means you!   You do not need an understanding of Khuzdul or Semitic-languages, though it’s a plus.

* People with a passion for languages and learning.

* People that are able to record .mp3 audio (via audacity or other) and a have a good quality microphone.

* People that are willing to do this for the glory of it and the good of education (all those sick of hearing only my voice in the current lessons will be tremendously grateful).  This is all non-profit as you might imagine, though your name (or alias if you prefer) will be listed at the credits of each lesson.

How will this work:

* The chosen voice actors will receive materials (transcripts and audio files – to help with the pronunciation) via email (including details on the story, which part they should record, etc…).

* You record your part before the given deadline (you’ll always have a minimum of two weeks to record and send the material)

* The lessons will be audio only (in the style of the 2012 lessons), so no need for any video application.

* The voice actors can always contact me via email or Skype when running into challenges, you won’t be on your own with this material.

* These lessons will be recorded and edited over a period of 6 weeks, after which the project ends.  At the start of each two weeks the voice actors will receive new material (see above), meaning that they’ll need to do three recordings sessions in total, each taking about an hour in total (if that).

What part am I auditioning for ?

That’s difficult to say at this point really, as the lesson stories have several male and female dwarven characters.   These range from soldiers, traders, miners, tavern keepers to famous characters such Ori or Thorin Oakenshield himself.

Interested ? Now what ?

* send me an email BEFORE MAY 23rd at kstrongbeard[AT] with a recorded .mp3 file.  This audio file should tell me a bit more about you (your name and interest in khuzdul is a good start) and should include the famous phrase “Baruk khazâd, khazâd ai-mênu”.  This way I should be able to tell if your audio quality and voice are what I need.

Thank you all and keep you posted!

About The Dwarrow Scholar

The Dwarrow Scholar first experienced the brilliance of Tolkien when he received a copy of The Hobbit from his uncle as a kid, reading it feverishly again and again. Some years on, when he got his very own walk-man (aye forget about tiny phones, this thing was a brick and played cassette tapes) he made his own little audiotape of The Hobbit, so he could listen to it on his bike on his way to school. Between reenacting the Battle of Five armies with 4 of his school friends (still feel sorry for the kid that had to be the Orc) and before the days of the internet, you would find Roy frequently in libraries trying to find all he could about Tolkien and his beloved dwarves. When Roy isn’t delving into Neo-Khuzdul or searching for lost dwarvish treasures on the net he’s enjoying time with his wife and son, re-reading his tormented Tolkien paperbacks, watching a good movie, learning new languages or playing a game of LoTRO or other dwarf related games.
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11 Responses to The Dwarrow Scholar needs you!

  1. Simone M. says:

    Oh, that’s just my luck! I was so used to waiting and waiting for anything new that I stopped checking altogether, and now that I check on a whim, I see that I’ve completely missed the deadline to participate in something great. 😛 Oh well. Maybe some other time, eh? 😀


  2. Sean S. says:

    Wow. I’m glad I decided to get on tonight. I’m not in a place that allows me to record easily (I’m on vacation), but will send a sound file when I return home, if you still need more characters.


  3. Michael says:

    are you still looking for people or have all been found and positions filled? I assume you’re not but thought I’d ask


    • Hi there Michael. The schedule for these has been changed a bit to fit everyone’s every day schedule a bit better. Hence, I in fact am still looking for one or two voices for future lessons. Currently editing the first two, while preparing the next. Do get in touch kstrongbeard[AT] if you have an interest (preferably with a voice file attached).


  4. Sherry says:

    I finally found these lessons somewhere, and now I saw that you ask for aid! Well, do you still have some free spots to fill? If not, never mind, I still think you did a really good job! Just keep up, please! 🙂


  5. Arik Meijer says:

    If you’re still looking for voiceactors, send me an email or reply. I’d be more than happy to help you out. Your work is splendiferous and you deserve all the aid you require.
    Honor to you.


  6. Tim says:

    Wow, makes me want to try harder so I can make the next voice actor auditions. In the meanwhile I should just keep practicing. Could I get some of these resources sent to my email as well? It would be much appreciated.


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