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Maltz on TKD (left)
Maltz was the sole survivor of the Klingon Bird of Prey that attacked the Enterprise in orbit around the Genesis Planet. He was captured by Admiral Kirk and his officers and brought back to the Federation as a prisoner(1). Since that incident, Maltz has cooperated in aiding the Federation to better understand the Klingons and their language. It is through his efforts that most of our knowledge of the Klingon language is derived.

Maltz as informant

Being "in the game", Okrand always mentions new Klingon words coming from Maltz. The introduction of TKD was the first place he was mentioned as an "informant who provided all of the data upon which this dictionary is based."(2)

But not all of the Klingon knowledge is exclusively based on Maltz. The introduction of KGT explains that the contents of the book were provided by the "Galactic Society of Travel" and that a "staff of Klingon consultants and Federation scholars contributed a great deal of time" – in addition to Maltz, of course.(3)

Many of Okrand's messages and emails start explanations with "Maltz has heard" or "Maltz does not know anyone using that word", so that would imply that Maltz does give us information that originates not only on his opinion, but also on his observation of other Klingons.

When TalkNow came out, we were told that those words describing Terran things (like a toothbrush or a hair cumb) are expressions "how Klingons would describe them." [citation needed] This also implies that the information is not directly from Maltz himself, but could be from Klingons who travelled the planet. The same counts for country names and city names, which Klingons might have picked up while traveling a country.

Maltz in Okrand's basement

At the qepHom 2019, Marc Okrand revealed part of how Maltz came to be in his basement. Apparently Maltz remained imprisoned and forgotten on the captured Bird of Prey throughout its refit on Vulcan, its voyage to Earth and the time travel back to the 20th century, where (and when!) he escaped. How Marc became his custodian will have to wait for another story.


See also


1 : Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

2 : The Klingon Dictionary p. 12

3 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 5

4 : The Klingon Dictionary p. 58

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