Lore:Altmer Language

The UESPWiki – Your source for The Elder Scrolls since 1995
Jump to: navigation, search
Appendices
Arcana

Astronomy
Magic

History

Rulers
Reman Dynasty
Septim Dynasty
Mede Dynasty
Wars and Conflicts

Linguistics

Altmer Language
Ayleidoon
Argonian Language
Daedric Alphabet
Dragon Alphabet
Dragon Language
Dwemer Language
Elder Alphabet
Elven Alphabets
Ehlnofex Languages
Falmer Language
Magic Script Alphabet
Orcish Language
Old Orcish Language
Runic Alphabet
Ta'agra
Yoku

Other

Alcoholic Beverages
Calendar
Claw-Dances
Death
Disease
Drugs
Marriage
Music
Names

Transportation

Air Transportation
Land Transportation
Magic Transportation
Sea Transportation

The Altmer language, High Elven[1]:6 or Elvish,[UOL 1] is the language used by the High Elves of the Summerset Isles. It is descended from Old Elvish, and as such is very similar to its relatives like Ayleidoon, Ald Chimeris or the Falmer language. For the longest time, High Elven was the common language used in all legal documentation until it was later replaced by Cyrodilic (or Tamrielic) in 1E 2813.[1]:6 The common tongue of the empire, Cyrodilic, is based on the Altmer's speech and writing.[2]:7 To date, there are no known texts written in this language, or even a whole sentence, but some words are known.

Pronunciation[edit]

In Elvish there is no soft "c", so when a word begins with "Ce" or "Ci" it is pronounced with a /k/ sound. For example "Cey-Tarn Keep" is pronounced like "Kay-Tarn Keep". Similarly, the letter G is always pronounced /g/, never /d͡ʒ/.[UOL 2]

Words and Phrases[edit]

A[edit]

Abameld[3]
Adma'na 
Poor listener[4] (cf. Ayleidoon "adma"—"hear")
Admanen 
Listening eye[5]
Aednavorith 
Genealogy[6]
Aedra
Ancestors[7]
Alaxon 
Perfection[8]
Aprax
Outcast, criminal[9]
Ald Mora 
A ruin on Summerset Isle; the name means "old forest" in other Elven languages[10]
Aldveyond Beldaburk 
An old name for Sea Keep[11]
Apraxic 
Social outcast[UOL 3]
Apraxis 
Exile[12]
Arcta[3] 
Likely means "acknowledge", as in Ayleidoon
Autameld[13]

B[edit]

Barra 
Welcome[14]

C[edit]

Calian 
A praxic talisman, a symbol of a person's membership in the civilized High Elf society[15]
Canvaroth 
Scout[16]
Cerum, Ceruval 
Unknown, but known usage suggests a polite way to address someone (like "sir" or "madam")[17]

D[edit]

Daedra
Roughly means, "Not our ancestors"[7]
De'nt 
Unknown; usage suggests some form of an insult[17]

E[edit]

"Eluvein" written in the Altmer script
Eluvein 
A hilas owl[18]
Ephem 
Non-Altmer, outsider[19]

G[edit]

Glamoril
Secret of Life[20]
Glan'nt 
Unknown; usage suggests some form of an insult[21]
Graxifalas 
Disgraceful[22]

H[edit]

Halsoriel 
Sewer[22]
Hulkynd 
Broken child; refers to Altmeri children abandoned by their parents because of their imperfection, for example physical deformity[23] (cf. Ayleidoon "kynd"—"child")

K[edit]

Kamlehal 
Shrieking terror[24]
Kynd 
Child[25]

N[edit]

Nagaia[3] 
Likely means "death", as in Ayleidoon
Naganwe 
Unknown; used in the translingual word "revelator-naganwe", meaning "death seer"[26]
Nebarra 
Unwelcome (also used as a pejorative reference to outsiders)[27][17]

O[edit]

Oegnithir 
Bad change[28]

R[edit]

Riasen 
A critical witness in a criminal investigation[29]
Russafeld 
Scarlet shrine[30]

S[edit]

Shauta[3] 
Likely means "come", as in Ayleidoon
Slek 
An interjection (seemingly expresses negative emotions),[17] an insult[31]

T[edit]

Tamriel
Dawn's Beauty[32]
Tor-Hame-Khard 
Warlord's Mountain Lair[33] (cf. Ayleidoon "tor"—"hill", "hame"—"home")

V[edit]

Vey[3] 
Likely means "to" (indicating movement), as in Ayleidoon
Veyond Wyte[10]

W[edit]

Welkynar 
The gryphon-riding protectors of Cloudrest; likely related to Ayleidoon "wel"—"sky"[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
  2. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
  3. ^ a b c d e Cavern Dwellers' dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  4. ^ Ulliceta gra-Kogg's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  5. ^ Tarnamir's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  6. ^ Loading screen of Monastery of Serene Harmony in ESO: Summerset
  7. ^ a b Aedra and Daedra
  8. ^ Olnewil's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  9. ^ Lanarie's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  10. ^ a b Location name in ESO: Summerset
  11. ^ Loading screen of Sea Keep in ESO: Summerset
  12. ^ The Price of PraxisCeruval Rolumaril
  13. ^ Regarding Thorn Blackstaff
  14. ^ Lady Sarah's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  15. ^ Mother of Rats's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  16. ^ Lilatha's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  17. ^ a b c d Various dialogue lines in ESO: Summerset
  18. ^ Jurisreeve Lorne's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  19. ^ Felawen's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  20. ^ Urag gro-Shub's dialogue in Skyrim
  21. ^ Lirendel's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  22. ^ a b Talerion's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  23. ^ Tableau and Manacar's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  24. ^ Erudil's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  25. ^ The Mother of Rats' dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  26. ^ Jurisreeve Soravil's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  27. ^ Aldarch Tilcalar's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  28. ^ Loremaster Celarus' dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  29. ^ Calawende's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  30. ^ Loading screen of Red Temple Catacombs in ESO: Summerset
  31. ^ Captain Telomure's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  32. ^ Main Quest introduction text in Arena
  33. ^ Loading screen of Tor-Hame-Khard in ESO: Summerset
  34. ^ Charge of the Welkynar

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Laurence Schick - ESO Summerfall Event Special Livestream: 23:00
  2. ^ Laurence Schick - ESO Summerfall Event Special Livestream: 12:00
  3. ^ Laurence Schick - ESO Summerset Story & Lore Livestream: 53:50