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The giant language, called Jotun by those who speak it, is the ancient language of most giants.[1] It is one of the oldest active languages. It is believed that the language shares some of its roots with Common and Thorass.[2]

HistoryEdit

Giant is derived from the Primordial language.[3]

DerivativesEdit

There are several languages and dialects based on Giant that have evolved from it.

Jogishk 
This is the patois spoken by ogres.[4]
Jotunalder 
Similar enough to Jotun to be reasonably understood, this language has not changed in thousands of years and is used formally in ceremonies.[2]
Jotunhaug 
Spoken by hill and mountain giants, and closely related to Jotunise.[2]
Jotunild 
Spoken by fire giants.[2]
Jotunise 
Spoken by frost giants and closely related to Jotunhaug.[2]
Jotunskye 
The language used by cloud and fog giants.[2]
Jotunstein 
Spoken by stone giants.[2]
Jotunuvar 
Spoken by storm giants.[2]

NotesEdit

A lot of the words of the Giant language come from the languages of Scandinavia. For example: "Alv" is the direct word for "elf" in Scandinavia as well as "det" with the exact same meaning. Translation is complicated by the loss of the Scandanavian letters "Å", "Ä", and "Ö"; some of them lose their meaning for automated translation and gain another.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ray Winninger (August 1995). Giantcraft. (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Ray Winninger (August 1995). Giantcraft. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  3. James Wyatt (June 2008). Dungeon Master's Guide 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 171. ISBN 978-0-7869-4880-2.
  4. Thomas M. Costa. "Speaking in Tongues." Dragon Magazine Annual 1999. Page 29. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast.
  5. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fforgottenrealms.wikia.com%2Fwiki%2FMaug&act=url

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