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Explaining the languages of Middle-Earth. Ever wonder how Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings writers developed lines of dialogue for the elves or dwarves when they weren't quoting directly from Tolkien? They asked David Salo, a linguist who specializes in Sindarin and the other languages of Middle Earth. Tolkien said of his own works: "The invention of languages is the foundation. The ‘stories’ were made rather to provide a world for the languages than the reverse." And the list of languages he invented is extensive.