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For the language used by the Dragons, see Dragon Language.

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a new language has been released; the language of the dragons. Sometimes referred to as Dragonish, the dragon tongue, or Dovah speech, this language has become rare in Tamriel since the dragon's apparent extinction. The main character of Skyrim, the Dragonborn (or Dovahkiin) will be able to learn parts of the language, using them to cast powerful spells known as shouts. Interestingly, speakers of dragon language can calm Dragonlings with it.

Alphabet

A.svg
A
Aa.svg
aa
Ah.svg
ah
B.svg
B
D.svg
D
E.svg
E
Ei.svg
ei
Ey.svg
ey
F.svg
F
G.svg
G
H.svg
H
I.svg
I
Ii.svg
ii
Ir.svg
ir
J.svg
J
K.svg
K
L.svg
L
M.svg
M
N.svg
N
O.svg
O
Oo.svg
oo
P.svg
P
Q.svg
Q
R.svg
R
S.svg
S
T.svg
T
U.svg
U
Ur.svg
ur
Uu.svg
uu
V.svg
V
W.svg
W
X.svg
X
Y.svg
Y
Z.svg
Z

The alphabet consists of 34 symbols: there are 25 that map directly to letters in the English alphabet, and 9 that map to pairs of letters. The Dragon language does not have "C" as that sound is created by either "S" or "K."

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, each letter consists of at most three scratches and a dot.

Dragonborn Prophecy translation

Dragonborn Prophecy written using the Dragon Alphabet:

Dovahkiin Dragon Letters.svg

Transliteration

DOVahKiiN DOVahKiiN
 NaaL OK ZIN LOS VahRiiN
 Wah DeiN VOKUL MahFAERaaK ahST VaaL
 ahRK FIN NOROK PaaL GRaaN
 FOD NUST HON ZINDRO ZaaN
 DOVahKiiN Fah HIN KOGaaN MU DRaaL
 
ahRK FIN KEL LOST PRODah
 DO VED ViiNG KO FIN KRah
 TOL FOD ZeyMah WIN KeiN MeyZ FUNDeiN
 ALDUIN FeyN DO JUN
 KRUZiiK VOKUN STaaDNAU
 VOTH aaN BahLOK Wah DiiVON FIN LeiN

English translation

Dragonborn Dragonborn
By his honor is sworn
To keep evil forever at bay
And the fiercest foes rout
When they hear triumph’s shout
Dragonborn for your blessing we pray

And the scrolls have foretold
Of black wings in the cold
That when brothers wage war come unfurled
Alduin, bane of kings
Ancient shadow unbound
With a hunger to swallow the world

Translated by Gameinformer[1]

Known words

Known words in the dragon language. Written using the typography above, i.e. if one dragon letter corresponds to several English, lowercase is used.

Word Transcription Translation Source
Dragon aa.png Dragon N.png aaN a [2]
Dragon ah.png Dragon R.png Dragon K.png ahRK and [2]
Dragon A.pngDragon O.png AO Lightning in-game shout "Storm Call"
Dragon B.png Dragon ah.png Dragon L.png Dragon O.png Dragon K.png BahLOK hunger [2]
Dragon D.png Dragon ah.png Dah push in-game shout "Unrelenting Force"
Dragon D.png Dragon ei.png Dragon N.png DeiN keep [2]
Dragon D.png Dragon ii.png Dragon V.png Dragon O.png Dragon N.png DiiVON swallow [2]
Dragon D.png Dragon O.png DO of [2]
Dragon D.png Dragon O.png Dragon V.png Dragon ah.png DOVah dragon In-game dialogue
Dragon D.png Dragon O.png Dragon V.png Dragon ah.png Dragon K.png Dragon ii.png Dragon N.png DOVahKiiN dragonborn [2]
Dragon D.png Dragon R.png Dragon aa.png Dragon L.png DRaaL pray [2]
Dragon F.png Dragon ah.png Fah for [2]
Dragon F.png Dragon ey.png Dragon N.png FeyN bane [2]
Dragon F.png Dragon I.png Dragon N.png FIN the [2]
Dragon F.png Dragon O.png Dragon D.png FOD when [2]
Dragon F.png Dragon U.png Dragon N.png Dragon D.png Dragon ei.png Dragon N.png FUNDeiN unfurled [2]
Dragon F.png Dragon U.png Dragon S.png FUS force in-game shout "Unrelenting Force"
Dragon G.png Dragon R.png Dragon aa.png Dragon N.png GRaaN rout [2]
Dragon H.png Dragon I.png Dragon N.png HIN your [2]
Dragon H.png Dragon O.png Dragon N.png HON hear [2]
Dragon J.png Dragon U.png Dragon N.png JUN kings [2]
Dragon K.png Dragon ei.png Dragon N.png KeiN war [2]
Dragon K.png Dragon E.png Dragon L.png KEL Elder Scroll [2], In game dialoque
Dragon K.png Dragon O.png KO in [2]
Dragon K.png Dragon O.png Dragon G.png Dragon aa.png Dragon N.png KOGaaN blessing [2]
Dragon K.png Dragon R.png Dragon ah.png KRah cold [2]
Dragon K.png Dragon R.png Dragon U.png Dragon Z.png Dragon ii.png Dragon K.png KRUZiiK ancient [2]
Dragon L.png Dragon ei.png Dragon N.png LeiN world [2]
Dragon L.png Dragon O.png Dragon S.png LOS is [2]
Dragon L.png Dragon O.png Dragon S.png Dragon T.png LOST have [2]
Dragon M.png Dragon ah.png Dragon F.png Dragon A.png Dragon E.png Dragon R.png Dragon aa.png Dragon K.png MahFAERaaK forever [2]
Dragon M.png Dragon ey.png Dragon Z.png MeyZ come [2]
Dragon M.png Dragon U.png MU we [2]
Dragon N.png Dragon aa.png Dragon L.png NaaL by [2]
Dragon N.png Dragon O.png Dragon R.png Dragon O.png Dragon K.png NOROK fiercest [2]
Dragon N.png Dragon U.png Dragon S.png Dragon T.png NUST they [2]
Dragon O.png Dragon K.png OK his [2]
Dragon P.png Dragon aa.png Dragon L.png PaaL foes [2]
Dragon P.png Dragon R.png Dragon O.png Dragon D.png Dragon ah.png PRODah foretold [2]
Dragon R.png Dragon O.png RO balance in-game shout "Unrelenting Force"
Dragon S.png Dragon T.png Dragon aa.png Dragon D.png Dragon N.png Dragon A.png Dragon U.png STaaDNAU unbound [2]
Dragon T.png Dragon O.png Dragon L.png TOL that [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon aa.png Dragon L.png VaaL bay [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon ah.png Dragon R.png Dragon ii.png Dragon N.png VahRiiN sworn [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon E.png Dragon D.png VED black [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon ii.png Dragon N.png Dragon G.png ViiNG wings [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon O.png Dragon K.png Dragon U.png Dragon L.png VOKUL evil [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon O.png Dragon K.png Dragon U.png Dragon N.png VOKUN shadow [2]
Dragon V.png Dragon O.png Dragon T.png Dragon H.png VOTH with [2]
Dragon W.png Dragon ah.png Wah to [2]
Dragon W.png Dragon I.png Dragon N.png WIN wage [2]
Dragon Z.png Dragon aa.png Dragon N.png ZaaN shout [2]
Dragon Z.png Dragon ey.png Dragon M.png Dragon ah.png ZeyMah brothers [2]
Dragon Z.png Dragon I.png Dragon N.png ZIN honor [2]
Dragon Z.png Dragon I.png Dragon N.png Dragon D.png Dragon R.png Dragon O.png ZINDRO triumph's [2]

Font

There are three fonts based on the dragon language available for download

Dovah is here. "aa," "ah," "ei," "ey," and "ii" are not included in the font based download.

Dragon Script is here. "aa," "ei," "ii', "ah," "uu," "ur," "ir," "oo" and "ey" map to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 respectively. While the "0"(zero) key also has a character mapped to it, it is one that is not used and was discarded from the final version of the game and can be ignored. "ey" also maps to "C." You must have CAPSLOCK on to properly write with the other 25 letters. This was extracted from the game files by TheSuperNerd and is official.

Another version of the Dragon font can be downloaded here. (The Dragon Shout) It has all 34 letters (as the Dragon Script. 'aa', 'ah', 'ei', 'ey', 'ii', 'ir', 'ur', 'uu' and 'oo' are mapped to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 'C' respectively. This is different from the 'Dragon Script'. The font is now easier to look (with edited strokes and greater spaces between letters), easier to type (as pressing 2 -> 9 and C is easier than 1->9). Also, the nine special letters in Dragon Language is mapped by order (from 'a' to 'u') and you do NOT need to use CapsLock. The effect is the same, whether this is used or not.

To use the font on the wiki, see the DragonScript template.

References

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