David Salo's colleagues and classmates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have absolutely no idea how he spends his free time. It's not that the 32-year-old linguistics grad student is ashamed of his hobby (or obsession), which has occupied him for some 26 years. They simply cannot be bothered with it. "Most linguists feel that it's enough of a pain dealing with real-world languages to bother with invented ones," says the man whose life has been devoted, in large part, to the study and translation of the tongues "spoken" by elves and hobbits in the books... More >>>
Elves in love: Cate Blanchett, as Galadriel, speaks in tongues to Elijah Wood's hobbit, Frodo Baggins.