Rukh Nulûrz

Rukh Nulûrz’ob ghashnum (The speech of the Mouth of Sauron)

The Rukh Nulûrz dialect (RN) is a variant of the Land of Shadow (LoS) dialect made by the German larp group Shapog’gûr (Mean Vengeance) with the explicit aim of making work better as a LARP language, much like Svartiska (Sv).  It is explicitly a debased variant of the Black Speech, mainly used by Orcs. One fundamental difference between the LoS and RN is the lexicon. RN uses a lot of words from LoS but also from other dialect not the least Svartiska and have many own words as well. Grammatically RN is quite similar to LoS but there are some differences so this text can be seen as complementary to my text on the LoS dialect. 

My German is quite poor so there might be some misstakes. I have found a few on my own.

  1. Phonology and Spelling
  2. The Noun
  3. Postpositions
  4. Pronouns
  5. Verb – infinitive; tense, imperative, Participles & Gerund
  6. Adjective
  7. Adverb
  8. Negative sentences
  9. Questions

Phonology, Spelling and Word structure and order

RN does not fundamentally differ from LoS but there are some minor differences.RN use apostrophes (‘) instead of hyphens (-). RN does pluralizes nouns of persons. And does not use participles or gerunds. And as mentioned there are lexical differences with about 40 % of the words marked as Rukh Nulûrz and about 20 % for Svartiska and LoS each. See table.

Source Abbreviation Number* Per cent
Rukh Nulûrz RN 648 40,0%
Svartiska SV 374 23,1%
Land of Shadows Forum LOS 346 21,3%
Rob Eaglestone RE 110 6,8%
Mugbûrz MB 70 4,3%
Tolkien TK 45 2,8%
Elerrina EL 19 1,2%
Lalaith LL 7 0,4%
A. Appleyard AA 1 0,1%
Middle Earth Roleplaying Game MERP 1 0,1%

* Many of the words are doublets. The sources are the ones listed by Shapog’gûr on their site.

The Noun


RN has the same plural markers as LoS: –u after consonants and –z after vowels. Peoples are pluralised by the suffix –hai, but with an apostrophe (‘) and not with a hyphen (-) as usually.


  1.  dulug (weapon) -> dulugu (weapons)
  2. goi (city) -> goiz (cities)
  3. uruk (orc) -> uruk’hai (orc people)

The ending -ûk is not used as a plural marker and people can be pluralised so Krith Nazgûlu “the nine Nazgûl”.


Just as LoS RN uses attached positions instead of prepositions or cases. Both dialects list 32 postpositions but only about half of them are the same. One fundamental difference is that the plural marker is placed after the noun in RN and not after the postposition as in LoS.  (Just as in LoS they are called Preposition/Präpositionen in RN.)

Spatial Example Deutsch
sûr on, at auf
talul above oben
tala over über
latul below unten
lata under unter
krut behind hinter
krat in front vor
tuk through hindurch
ri__agh__ between __ and __ zwischen__und__
shi at/ on (local) an/am/bei/at (lokal)
to to (local) nach/zu/to (lokal)
thu beyond jenseits
lût out of / out raus aus/heraus
dhog near in der Nähe von
nardhog far away from weit weg von
ghâra from von/aus/from
ishi in in/im/in
Temporal English Deutsch
la after (temp.) nach (temp.)
shi during / at (temp.) während/at (temp.)
zi to (temp.) / until bis (temp.)/until
ugil before (temp) (be-)vor (temp)
gûg late spät
âr early früh
rad now jetzt
Other Example Deutsch
ûr to für
sha during; at (temp.) (zusammen-) mit
irzi to (temp.); until durch/an/bei/by
ob of von/vom/des/der/of
shar between; among zwischen
ord forwards vorwärts
krum backwards rückwärts


The Pronouns in RN are nearly the same as LoS and as i LoS it is stated that pronouns are rarely used. They are attached to the word and an apostrophe is used to mark that a pronoun is attached. They usually don’t appear as free standing words as in LoS but can surely be used alone when they are alone in the sentence. 

Subject Possessive Object
1. Pers. Sing. -izg -izub -izish
I mine me
2. Pers. Sing. -lat -lab -latish
you your you
3. Pers. Sing. m -ta -tab -tabish
he/it his/it’s him/it
3. Pers. Sing. w -to -tob -tobish
she hers her
1. Pers. Plural -izgu -izubu -izishu
we our us
2. Pers. Plurar -latu -labu -latishu
you your you
3. Pers. plural -ulu -ulbu -ulishu
they their them

The Verb

Suffix –at, the same as LoS and Svartiska

  1. kul- > kulat (to be)
  2. brus- > brusat (to own)
  3. mat- > matat (to kill)

The Present tense

The present tense is very similar to LoS but a bit simpler. Instead of adding different pronominal suffixes RN just has four different endings that both give tense and person. Pronouns can be added to the verb just as in LoS.

Present tense Suffix kulat (to be) brusat (to have) matat (to die)
1 person singular -izg kulizg (I am) brusizg (I have) matizg (I die)
2 person singular kul (you are) brus (you have) mat (you die)
3 person singular -at kulat (it is) brusat (it has) matat (it dies)
1 person plura -izgu kulizgu (we are) brusizgu (we have) matizgu (we die)
2 person plural kul (you are) brus (you have) mat (you die)
3 person plural -ut kulut (they are) brusut (they have) matut (they die)

Past tense
Suffix –uz + personal suffix

Past tense Sufix
-uz brusat (to have) azat (to kill)
1 person singular -uz+izg brusuzizg (I had) azuzizg (I killed)
2 person singular -uz+Ø brusuz (you had) azuz (you killed)
3 person singular -uz+at brusuzat (it had) azuzat (it killed)
1 person plura uz+-izgu brusuzizgu (we had) azizgu (we killed)
2 person plural brusuz (you had) azuz (you killed)
3 person plural -ut brusuzut (they had) azuzut (they killed)

Suffix -ub + personal suffix

Future Suffix
-ub gimbat (to find) azat (to kill)
1 person singular -ub+izg gimbubizg (I will find) azubizg (i will)
2 person singular -ub+Ø gimbub (you will find) azub (you will kill)
3 person singular -ub+at gimbubat (it will find) azubat (it will kill)
1 person plura -ub+izgu gimbubizgu (we will find) azubizgu (we will kill)
2 person plural -ub+Ø gimbub (you will find) azub (you will kill)
3 person plural -ub+ut gimbubut (they will find) azubut (they will kill)


Just as in LoS and Svartiska the imperative is just the naked verb stem with the difference that RN marks plurality by adding the third person subject pronoun -ulu to the verb stem.


  1. Thrak! (bring it)
  2. Thrak’ulu! (you (plural) bring it)

Several pronouns can be attached to the imperative, e.g. Thrak’izish’tab (bring me his).

Participles & Gerund

In RN dialect there are no participles. This can be contrasted to the BSS dialect which has added three participles to the two original of LoS. Instead subject plus adjective is used. RN does not provide any examples.

RN does not have a gerund.

The Adjective

The adjective follow the noun it describes just as in LoS. New adjectives can be created with the suffix –ûrz. Adjectives of just one syllable are attached to the end of the noun and is marked by a apostrophe, e.g. golug (elf) + (old) -> golug’kû (an old elf).

The RN comparative and superlative differs from LoS with different suffixes and the RN adjectives does not take plural markers which LoS adjectives do.

Adjective RN LoS
Comparative -az -ar
Superlative -ak -az
Derivative -ûrz -ûrz

Example: goth (lord, master)

gothûrz (powerful; mighty)
gothûrzaz (more powerful; mightier)
gothûrzak (most powerful; mightiest)

When comparing different nouns such as “the orc is mightier than the human” the word ‘snû’ (than) is used: “uruk gothûrzaz snû tark”.

RN notes that in debased BS, i.e. Orcish, the superlative is formed by the word “amubûk” (more than all), i.g. kulizg gothûrz amubûk (I’m mightier than all).

The Adverb

The adverb is the same as i LoS and and follow the verb, adjective or adverb it describe. The suffix -arz is used to create new adverbs. Some adjectives such as ‘kû’ (old) and ‘gûr’ (mean) can be used as adverbs.

Negative Sentences

Negative sentences are simply constructed by prefixing the word nar to the verb and different the prefix and verb with a apostrophe (‘).


  1. Azizg (I kill) -> nar’azizg (I don’t kill)
  2. Tark mokat uruku (The human hates orcs) -> Tark nar’mokat uruku (The human doesn’t hate orcs)


Questions are similar to LoS and are constructed in three different ways

  1. By using the question words ‘mash’ (what) or ‘mirz’ (who) which replace the noun which is the object of the question.
  2. By placing a question word in the beginning of the sentence
  3. By the prefix the otherwise free standing general question word ‘mar’ (huh?, what?) to the verb.
  1. Replacing the noun with ‘mash’ (what) or ‘mirz’ (who), examples
  1. Lugrekh kulat mash? (What is Lugrekh); Lugrekh kulat uruk (Lugrekh is an orc)
  2. Mash naztuzat’latish? (what stung you?) Dulug naztuzat’izish (A weapon stung me)
  3. Mirz azubat akashuga? (Who killed the hobbit?) Lugrekh azubat akashuga (Lugrekh killed the hobbit)
  1. Initial question word
Rukh Nulûrz English Answering word
Mirz Who “person”
Mash What “noun”
Mol How “several different ways to answer”
Mal Where “noun place”
Mat Why dhurz (because)
Mukh When ghung (if)
Mirzob Whose “owner”
Mut What -za (this)


  1. Mal kulat Lugrekh? (Where is Lugrekh?)
  2. Mat Bron azuzat sharaz? (Why did Lugrekh kill the men?)
  3. Mol sharaz matuzut? (Why did the men die?)
  4. Mat azat?  (Why did he die?); Dhurz kulat uruk (Because he is an orc)

3. The prefix mar- attached to verbs

  1. Lugrekh kulat uruk (Lugrekh is an Orc) -> Lugrekh mar’kulat Uruk? (Is Lugrekh an Orc?
  2. Bugduz ologu (You shouted to the Trolls) -> Mar’budguz ologu? (Did you shout to the Trolls?
  3. Azubut (The will kill) Mar’azubut? (Will they kill?.

When relative pronouns are used as demonstratives and not as question words (called reflexiver Fragewörter by RN) an ‘a’ is prefixed to the word (just as in LoS). The exception is ‘amut’ (which) which is corresponds to ‘za’ (this, that), e.g. Mordor’ishi amal uruku slaiut (in Mordor where the Orcs live).

Updated: 2020-04.03