​Izzit? – Elvish, Dothraki, or Esperanto?

Writing in The Conversation, Philip Seargeant argues that The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tokien’s imaginary languages have had more impact on human society than the artificial language Esperanto created Ludwik Zamenhof in the late nineteenth century. 

For Zamenhof, a universal language not linked to one particular nation could be a means to unite humanity and ensure peaceful co-existence; yet Zamenhof failed to see this in his lifetime as Europe began tearing itself apart with the first world war. 

Tolkien, on the other hand, used the “conlangs” he invented to provide the foundational element on which he based his stories. 

Seargeant reasons that Esperanto has had less of an impact because of what he calls “a fundamental flaw built into its very conception.” In the comments section, many of the readers of the article disagree with him and provide counter-arguments for why the opposite is the case.

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