The giant language, called Jotun by those who speak it, is the ancient language of most giants. It is one of the oldest active languages. It is believed that the language shares some of its roots with Common and Thorass.
There are several languages and dialects based on Giant that have evolved from it.
- This is the patois spoken by ogres.
- Similar enough to Jotun to be reasonably understood, this language has not changed in thousands of years and is used formally in ceremonies.
- Spoken by hill and mountain giants, and closely related to Jotunise.
- Spoken by fire giants.
- Spoken by frost giants and closely related to Jotunhaug.
- The language used by cloud and fog giants.
- Spoken by stone giants.
- Spoken by storm giants.
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.
- ↑ Ray Winninger (August 1995). Giantcraft, p. 9. TSR, Inc. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Ray Winninger (August 1995). Giantcraft, p. 27. TSR, Inc. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
- ↑ James Wyatt (June 2008). Dungeon Master's Guide 4th edition, p. 171. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0-7869-4880-2.
- ↑ Thomas M. Costa. "Speaking in Tongues." Dragon Magazine Annual 1999. Page 29. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ 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