Each of the five Nordic nations officially has its own language (and, more often than not, its own extension of the Latin alphabet to go with it). One of the is which character is in command of which languages, and who can make himself understood by whom, or not.
Relations Between Languages Edit
The largest group of mutual understanding is the set of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, which are sufficiently similar that Norwegians can usually understand the two others as spoken and be understood by them, and Danes and Swedes can understand each other's writing and, with a bit of experience, speech.
Two languages still spoken in the Known World, though not considered major languages, are Estonian and Faroese. Estonian is a Finnic language, the second-most widely spoken language of that family before the apocalypse. Faroese is the native language of the Faroe Islands and spoken by the Faroese people who lived in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and even Iceland in the old world. As both Estonia and the Faroe Islands are now part of the Silent World, any surviving native speakers would have lived in the other five countries.
and the author's comments thereon confirm that there are still speakers of Faroese and Estonian in the year 90, though they qualify as "the endangered, almost extinct fringe languages of the SSSS world", and that "some skalds also retain the ability to decipher various other Old World languages."
Consequences for the Main Characters Edit
Finally, all members except Lalli and Reynir speak one language of the Danish/Norwegian/Swedish group and can thus make use of the low barrier between these languages.
Comic Pages and Other Artwork Addressing Languages Edit
- A practical example of similarity and differences between the five languages was given on .
- The following unexpectedly became a bit of an Internet meme, drew lots of new readers to the comic, and an out-of-comic-context version is now available as a poster.