As a few of you may know, when I’m not working on the dwarvish dictionary, replying to some of your wonderful Tumblr questions, or posting other material available through www.dwarrowscholar.com, I greatly enjoy roaming LOTRO, Middle Earth as created by Standing Stone Games.
So, naturally, when I heard an Erebor region was to be added in the next update (Update 22: “Legacy of the Necromancer”), I could hardly wait. In fact, it turned out I could not wait at all, as I ended up heading to the test server, known as Bullroarer.
To say I’m of a fan of this game is a slight understatement really. Not only has it been a staple for me these past years (apart from the much-needed family outings and sampling my whisky collection, likely my go to “unwinder”), but it has even given inspiration to quite a few of the words you’ll find in the Neo-Khuzdul dictionary.
Great and pleasant was my surprise when, roaming the lush fields at the foot of Erebor, I stumbled upon a grand memorial for Thorin and his nephews Fili and Kili (in addition to the statue of Dáin Ironfoot in Dale). Well, to be clear, the surprise wasn’t the memorial, but the fact that the plaques on the memorial seemed to make use of the words seen in the Dwarvish Dictionary.
When I had a closer look, I could clearly identify and read the words written here. Some of these were general Neo-Khuzdul, others specific to the version I had made. At the same time, I noticed a few minor mistakes in the runes used (specific runes and types of runes) and in the words themselves. So, I sent the good people of Standing Stone Games an email with some suggestions to improve and correct these plaques.
I thought nothing more of it after that, to be honest, and went back to my dwarvish business. A few days later though, I got a nice reply in which my suggestions seemed to be greatly appreciated. Before long I was having an enjoyable email exchange on the topic with Chris Pierson, LOTRO’s World Designer & Loremaster.
Long story short, the plaques were updated and in the process of doing so, LOTRO artist Mark Lizotte achieved a new level of Nerd-dom. My congratulations Mark. 🙂
For those interested in what the plaques actually say, here’s a screenshot with translations below.
Now, all we need to do as die-hard dwarf-aficionados is hope for a few more of those dwarf -themed regions in LOTRO in the years to come.