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Podling was the native language of the Podlings and Boblings. The language had no system of writing, and was thus completely oral in nature.[1]

According to Thriya, many Gelfling could speak the language during the early Age of Division.[2] Kira was fully fluent in it, having been raised by the Podlings after the death of her parents.[3] Raunip,[4] Mayrin[5] and Thriya were also fluent speakers,[6] with the latter having studied several dialects,[2] and Aughra understood it.[7]

By the early Age of Power, the Podlings had begun to become fluent in Modern Gelfling.[8][9] Podling only had six vowels: "a" as in "rod," "e" as in "innate," "i" as in "need," "o" as in "poke," "u" as in "food," and (only when following "h") "hu" as in "hug."[10] Podling word order was: subject > verb > object.

Lexicon[]

Words and short phrases[]

  • apopotaba apopiapodpopod- three podlings laughing[11]
  • aminya - angel
  • Apada... - "My name is..."[12]
  • aoza daminia![4]
  • A shiza-da dzonioche! - "Vengeance will be mine!" [13]
  • apopiapoiopidiappididiapipob - "master gardeners who live in bulging plants"[1]
  • Apopiapodpo aslamo! - "We're all going to die!"[14]
  • avearh![15]
  • Avoyay... - "This is..."[15]
  • babolim - nuts[16]
  • bar[15]
  • bindi[15]
  • bodyee nyuncechas ouamo![15]
  • bom - good
  • caamaalayaaas - a cry for help[4]
  • dede - again[17]
  • doilay[15]- stay
  • dzenpo - "Awesome"[18]
  • dzonla temar - "pardon me"[12]
  • etrushka bourskara - [4]
  • Fala avo. - "Nice to meet you."[12]
  • Fala vam. - "Thank you."[4]
  • galoosh - "drink"[5]
  • lyepa[3]
  • nabrushoo - "let's go"[15]
  • ne - no
  • nurishi - cold
  • otamvam? - "what's your name?"[12]
  • otkooda?[15]"from where"
  • Shkekshe - Skeksis[3]
  • tompee - "Help"[19]
  • trabom - "you're welcome"[12]
  • ye - yes
  • yotubi
  • zodzenpo - "see you later/goodbye"[12]

Funerary dirge[]

A song of mourning recorded in the writings of Thriya during the early Age of Division.[20] It was sung centuries later by Hup during his incarceration in the Rascal Hole.[21]

Original[]

Tindyebo Bekua Staba doga alori
Shyata-oyo zeshaba aduma doda avi
Yamda bi kiraba Vapa So shi
Dze Aslampia'pida ya utomshi
Boka babi, yamda shoshi ashao
Ada bao temar mots nyotyano
"Yeta'pida soraro?" bao temar'ashai
Aslampia shyayo adado vatai
"Apada arwe shi. Apadido dana
Aslam mala-ga zagazaba ya Thra"
[20]

Translation[]

Within the Endless Forest I wandered
I met a creature dressed in bone white
Its eyes were bright like the Silver Sea
I knew it was Death come for me
I fell to my knees in front of him and cried
Still he didn't listen to my sad request
"Why me?" I asked in a tearful voice
He sighed before he replied
"I'm merely a servant performing my duty
It is Thra that is calling you home"
[20]

Behind the scenes[]

The language of the Podlings in The Dark Crystal was based on Serbo-Croatian, with Gary Kurtz noting that audience members fluent in Polish, Russian and other Slavic languages could understand individual words, but not whole sentences.[22] The Podling language in Age of Resistance, however, was a constructed language created by J.M. Lee.[23]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Froud, B. (2003), The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 37, ISBN 0593095596
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Smith, A. C. H., & Odell, D. (1982). The Dark Crystal. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 0030624363
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Froud, B., Dysart, J., Sheikman, A. & John, L. (2012). The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. II. Archaia. ISBN 978-1-936393-80-0
  5. 5.0 5.1 Age of resistance logo – Erman, Matthew., Age of Resistance – The Journey into the Mondo Levidian, #10, Archaia, USA, August 2020
  6. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 96, ISBN 0593095596
  7. "Nothing Is Simple Anymore" The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Netflix. August 30, 2019
  8. Spurrier, S., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #1, Archaia, USA, February 2017
  9. Spurrier, S. & Kennedy Johnson, P., The Power of the Dark Crystal, #7, Archaia, USA, September 2017
  10. #  Age of Resistance – "The Crystal Calls: Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  11. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/one-fans-journey-from-dark-crystal-lover-to-creating-the-podling-language
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Walton, M. (2020), Dream-Seeking: Quizzes, Trivia, and Adventure (Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal), Penguin Young Readers Licences, ISBN 0593095405
  13. Darkcrystalofficial, "Hup Teaches Podling", Instagram, September 26, 2019
  14. Darkcrystalofficial, "Hup Teaches Podling", Instagram, September 15, 2019
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 Language, archive.org for DarkCrystal.com
  16. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Time to Make...My Move". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  17. # "Nothing Is Simple Anymore" The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Netflix. August 30, 2019
  18. Darkcrystalofficial, "Hup Teaches Podling", Instagram, September 30, 2019
  19. Darkcrystalofficial, "Hup Teaches Podling", Instagram, September 1, 2019
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 51, ISBN 0593095596
  21. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "The First Thing I Remember Is Fire". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  22. Hutchinson, David. "Producing the world of The Dark Crystal: A new direction for the man behind ‘Star Wars" and "Empire" Gary Kurtz". Starlog: The Magazine of the Future. 66 (January 1983):19-20.
  23. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "The Crystal Calls: Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance". Netflix. August 30, 2019
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