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Hanging Gardens is a book in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


"Yes, this book is written in both Aldmeris and in Dwemer. Many books were written in both languages in the days of Resdayn when Dunmer and Dwemer ruled together peacefully. I'd offer to translate, but this is really just a boring travel guide. If you find any other books in Dwemer, I could translate them for you."
Yagrum Bagarn[src]

Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale was a travel guide to an unknown location of the same name. The book was originally written in Dwemeris and later translated to Aldmeris, though an unnamed contributor at the end of the text leaves a note that suggests that there may be meaning to the text that was lost in translation. The book is an unremarkable save for its usefulness in translating other Dwemer texts into Aldmeris.







Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale

This book was apparently written in Dwemer and translated to Aldmeris. Only fragments of the Aldmeris is readable, but it may be enough for a scholar of Aldmeris to translate fragments of other Dwemer books. Altmer-Estrial led with foot-flames for the town-center where lay dead the quadrangular gardens...

...asked the foundations and chains and vessels their naming places...

...why they did not use solid sound to teach escape from the Earth Bones nor nourished them with frozen flames...

....the word I shall have once written of, this "art" our lesser cousins speak of when their admirable ignorance...

...but neither words nor experience cleanses the essence of the strange and terrible ways of defying our ancestors' transient rules.

The translation ends with a comment in Dwemer in a different hand, which you can translate as follows:

"Put down your ardent cutting-globes, Nbthld. Your Aldmeris has the correct words, but they cannot be properly misinterpreted."


  • In the Morrowind version, this says "which you can translate" instead of "which may be translated as follows."
  • Dwemer ghosts in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind strongly resemble ancient Babylonians. The "real" Hanging Gardens are known as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; this is a misnomer, however, as the Hanging Gardens existed not in Babylon but in the Assyrian capital city Nineveh, three-hundred miles north of Babylon. They were described as "a remarkable feat of engineering with an ascending series of tiered gardens containing a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and vines." Like the other Wonders (except the Great Pyramid of Giza), it was either destroyed or fell into ruin long ago. It was also the only one of which the location was never definitively established.



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