Lore:Dragon Alphabet

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The Dragon Alphabet is the alphabet used for the Dragon Language. Text written in the Dragon Alphabet is found on walls in ancient dungeons and on burial grounds in the form of Word Walls.[1] The alphabet consists of 34 symbols: 25 that map directly to letters in the Latin alphabet, and 9 that represent pairs of letters. There is a symbol for every letter in the Latin alphabet except for "C".

The shape of the letters is constrained by their need to be written using three large talons and a vestigial fourth digit called the dewclaw. Thus, all of the character symbols consist of a maximum of three scratches occasionally punctuated with a dot from the dewclaw.[oog 1]

A AA AH B D E EI EY F G H I II IR J K L
A 1 4 B D E 2 9 F G H I 3 7 J K L
M N O OO P Q R S T U UU UR V W X Y Z
M N O 8 P Q R S T U 5 6 V W X Y Z

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[edit] Examples

[edit] Song of the Dragonborn

The first text in the Dragon Alphabet appeared in a Gameinformer post about their February 2011 edition, along with a post about translating the cover. The original article contained the following samples of Dragon text:

Dragon alphabet Latin alphabet Translation
DOV4K3N DOV4K3N DOVahKiiN DOVahKiiN Dragonborn Dragonborn
N1L OK ZIN LOS V4R3N NaaL OK ZIN LOS VahRiiN By his honor is sworn
W4 D2N VOKUL M4FAER1K 4ST V1L Wah DeiN VOKUL MahFAERaaK ahST VaaL To keep evil forever at bay
4RK FIN NOROK P1L GR1N ahRK FIN NOROK PaaL GRaaN And the fiercest foes rout
FOD NUST HON ZINDRO Z1N FOD NUST HON ZINDRO ZaaN When they hear triumph's shout
DOV4K3N F4 HIN KOG1N MU DR1L DOVahKiiN Fah HIN KOGaaN MU DRaaL Dragonborn for your blessing we pray
4RK FIN KEL LOST PROD4 ahRK FIN KEL LOST PRODah And the scrolls have foretold
DO VED V3NG KO FIN KR4 DO VED ViiNG KO FIN KRah Of black wings in the cold
TOL FOD Z9M4 WIN K2N M9Z FUND2N TOL FOD ZeyMah WIN KeiN MeyZ FUNDeiN That when brothers wage war come unfurled
ALDUIN F9N DO JUN ALDUIN FeyN DO JUN Alduin bane of kings
KRUZ3K VOKUN ST1DNAU KRUZiiK VOKUN STaaDNAU Ancient shadow unbound
VOTH 1N B4LOK W4 D3VON FIN L2N VOTH aaN BahLOK Wah DiiVON FIN LeiN With a hunger to swallow the world

Coincidentally, this poem is also the song that is heard throughout the game when the player enters combat with a dragon or if the player lets the game run on the main menu without selecting an option.

Originally known as "Dragon Poem", it was revealed through the in-game book Songs of Skyrim that this is only a portion of a longer work. Loading Screen text name the work Song of the Dragonborn. The full version, in both English and the Dragon Tongue, can be found in Songs of Skyrim.

[edit] E3 Word Wall

The Word Wall at E3 2011

At E3 2011, Bethesda's booth displayed a Word Wall (right) which contained the following sample of Dragon text:

Dragon alphabet Latin alphabet Translation
4RK OND DR9 ahRK OND DRey And lo did
S4ROT SahROT Mighty
H2MVERLUND HeiMVERLUND Heimverlund
M9Z NOL HEVNO MeyZ NOL HEVNO come from the brutal
BROM MED STRUN BROM MED STRUN North, like a storm
DO UZN4G1R DO UZNahGaaR Of unbridled
N4KR3N NOL NahKRiiN NOL Vengeance from
SOVNGARDE SOVNGARDE Sovngarde
NIM1R NIMaaR Itself
  • "Sovngarde" is the Nordic idea of the afterlife, similar to Aetherius.
  • The same text appears on the dragon wall statue included with the collector's edition of the game.
  • This is also the text for the first Word Wall for the shout Storm Call.

[edit] Dragonstone

Dragonstone

A Dragonstone found in Bleak Falls Barrow has the following inscription:

Dragon alphabet Latin alphabet Translation
HET NOK UN HET NOK UN Here lie our
MAHL1N DROGGE MAHLaaN DROGGE Fallen lords
ER2 SUL9K SE ERei SULeyK SE Roaring power of
ALDUIN VOKR3 ALDUIN VOKRii Alduin revives

[edit] Dragon Alphabet Font

A Dragon font containing all known characters is available for download.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Dragon Language: Myth no MoreHela Thrice-Versed

Note: the following references are not found in game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Skyrim's Dragon Shouts, GameInformer, January 20, 2011

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