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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.

SSG, let’s talk Dwarves!

Last week I had the distinct pleasure to talk with Standing Stone Games’ Jerry Snook (LoTRO Community Manager) and Chris Pierson (LoTRO Lead World Builder) to muse about dwarves in LOTRO (being The Dwarrow Scholar… what else, right?). After last … Continue reading

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Honouring those that fell

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, I greatly enjoy roaming LOTRO, Middle Earth as created by Standing Stone Games. So, … Continue reading

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“TDS Dwarvish” a free new font to make writing in dwarvish runes easier.

Writing in Khuzdul, while not transcribing it in Latin characters but using the proper runes can be a big challenge, especially given the fact that most runic fonts seem to have the character mappings wrong.  Meaning that if you type … Continue reading

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The Return of Durin! / Tumblr Contest

UPDATE 31st May: Please confirm your entry via message on tumblr (more info here)   Brewing ale has always been a passion of mine. Yet for many years it was only something that happened in books for me, and occasionally … Continue reading

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Khuzdul in the Battle of Five Armies Movie

Hello my friends, Many people have asked me over the past year or so to translate the Dwarvish lines spoken in the Battle of the Five armies movie. Though it took a tremendous amount of time to translate these (for … Continue reading

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Tolkien Language Haiku Contest on Middle-Earth News

It is with great pride and excitement I can announce that I will be one of the judges at the first ever Tolkien Language Haiku Contest on Middle-Earth News, as part of the Tolkien Week celebrations. As Middle-Earth finds its … Continue reading

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Translation Tool, Updated Dictionaries… and a tired Dwarrow Scholar

Hail friends! Firstly, I fear this will be a long post, so bear with me. Here’s the short version for those eager to get started in all that is new. Quite a few people have been very appreciative about the … Continue reading

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Fancy LotRO RP in Neo-Khuzdul? Now you can!

Update: The plugin-in should actually work on a Mac. Hail! Remember I spoke about a tool for LotRO Dwarf RPers, allowing them to speak Dwarvish with the click of a button (or two)…. well, without further ado, I present to … Continue reading

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Updates to come

As some of you may have noticed, David Salo (the linguist responsible for the Neo-Khuzdul in the Hobbit movies) has recently released (and continues to do so) much of his notes related to these films on his wonderful site midgardsmal. … Continue reading

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Spreading the News among the Dwarrow…

Hello friends, After months of preparation and work, I’m very pleased to announce the Dwarven community of LoTRO now has his own newspaper: “The Tablets of Khazadgund”. The Tablets of Khazadgund will provide you with dwarven related news, trade info, … Continue reading

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