Questions tagged [tolkien-black-speech]

For questions concerning the Black Speech, the language constructed by J.R.R. Tolkien for his series "Lord of the Rings."

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What similarities does The Black Speech in Tolkien have to Hurrian?

I've just come across this quote from Wikipedia: Russian historian Alexander Nemirovski claimed a strong similarity to Hurrian, which had recently been partially deciphered at the time of the ...
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Are words for “machine” and the like in Tolkien present in Elvish/Westron?

Tolkien was very much known to be a bit of a Luddite - no fan of technology; Treebeard says in reference to Saruman He is plotting to become a Power. He has a mind of metal and wheels; and he does ...
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How much of Tolkien's “black language” exists?

What samples or knowledge do we have of the black speech created by Tolkien? Having read a decent amount of the legendarium (Silmarillion, LotR, Hobbit, Children of Hurin, and some of the Lost Tales) ...
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How to read One Ring inscription?

The following inscription appears on the One Ring in The Fellowship of the Ring book: Which in Black Speech can be written down as: Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh ...
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What is opposite of “burzum”, “darkness”, in Tolkien's Black Speech?

I'm aware that burzum means darkness in The Black Speech. Do we know what the opposite is? How is lightness written?