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The famous Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry is set in the fictional island of Sodor, situated between northern England and the Isle of Man. Today, reading about Sodor on Wikipedia, I was surprised to learn the amount of worldbuilding that went into it, including a flag, coat of arms, and even a fictional language called Sudric.

As a child, I devoured all of Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series stories, but I don't remember any references to a Sudric language spoken by the people of Sodor. Those days might, however, have predated my Tolkienian appreciation for worldbuilding and fictional languages, so it's possible that it was mentioned and I missed it. How much of the worldbuilding of Sodor actually made it into Awdry's original stories, and how much was only published in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways or in the later continuations by Christopher Awdry and other writers? I know there was a map of Sodor included somewhere, with its connections to mainland Britain, but was the language ever mentioned?

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  • By "original", do you mean to only include the books which were written by Rev. Wilbert Awdry, and exclude those written by his son Christopher Awdry? Or do you include both and exclude only The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways? – bobble Jun 5 at 23:38
  • @bobble Having browsed through the list, I'm convinced that the collected works I read as a child included only the Rev W. Awdry stories, not the Christopher Awdry continuations. Also, looking at publication dates, many of the Christopher Awdry stories appeared after The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways, so it's reasonable that they might have used some of the worldbuilding introduced there. So let's restrict it to the original Awdry stories. – Rand al'Thor Jun 7 at 6:05

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