And you people think Khuzdul is difficult.
I’ve been working on something for a while now where I have at least one character that speaks Black Speech. Let me be the first to say I never realized just how diverse Black Speech can be.
The LotR books themselves make a point of saying not all Orcs are cut of the same cloth. You have the Mordor Orcs, Isengarder Orcs, Gundabad Orcs (hullo Azog), and Moria Orcs.
AND NONE OF THEM LIKE EACH OTHER.
In the books especially, the Northern Orcs and the Isengard Orcs butt heads so much that it gives Merry and Pippin a chance to escape!
AND DID I MENTION THEY ALL SPEAK A DIFFERENT DIALECT OF BLACK SPEECH?
Mordor Orcs speak the ‘purest’ form of Black Speech, since Sauron is their landlord. Isengarder and Moria Orcs–really any Orcs not in Mordor–speak a watered down version that incorporates bastardized Westron (that’s how we get ‘tark’ which comes from the Quenya word ‘tarkil’ meaning man of Numenor).
But most sinister of all, at least to me?
Gundabad Black Speech.
Wanna know why? Well, we can assume that Orcs tend to mix and match their speech with races near them. They pick up words, mix things up, and you get Bob’s your uncle. What startles me the most is how close Gundabad Black Speech is to Khuzdul. Example:
The Gundabad Orc word for ‘dwarf’ is Khozd.
The Khuzdul word for ‘dwarf’ is Khuzd.
Orcs are mimicking the secret speech of the Dwarves. I can hear Mahal screaming from here.