Ayleid inscription. Reads; "Av latta magicka, av molag anyammis"
Translated; "From light, magic; from fire, life"
This article summarizes what is understood about Ayleidoon (sometimes known as Elvish), the language used by the Ayleids.
Ayleidoon Origins and Aftermath
The language of the Ayleids, like other Elven languages, shares a common ancestry with the Aldmeris language. Because of this, Ayleidoon shares many words with the other languages of Mer, such as "Bal", which means "stone" in both Dark Elvish and Ayleidoon. These qualities are only present between the languages of Mer.
In the aftermath of the Alessian Slave Rebellion, as the Ayleids migrated and split up, distinct regional dialects began to form. The language of Men (modern Cyrodilic or Tamrielic) appears to have been partially based on the dialect of Ayleidoon found in Cyrodiil, resulting in that variant being referred to as "Old Cyrodilic". Another variation that arose was unique to the Ayleids who lived in Valenwood, possibly influenced by the cultural exchange between the Ayleids and the local Bosmer.
Below are the names (and their translated meanings, where available) of all known Ayleid settlements throughout Tamriel.
- Possesive Case: When referring to something's ownership of an object, an "e" is added to the end of the noun. This applies no matter where the noun is placed in relation to the object in question. For example, "Umarile Abasel" would translate to "Umaril's Forbidden Hall." "[The] Forbidden Hall of Umaril", however, would translate to "Abasel av Umarile". Notice that the added "e" is often used after the preposition "av" when denoting possession, although this is seemingly not always the case.
- Plurals: When referring to more than one object, an "i" is added to the end of the word. For example, "Sel" ("hall") becomes "Seli" ("halls"). The ending "is" is added to words that end in vowels such as "varla" which means star becoming "Varlais" meaning stars. This can also be seen in "brelye" meaning beech tree and its plural "brelyeis" meaning beech trees. Using this logic "mora" meaning a wood should become "morais" meaning woods.
- Compound Words: The Ayleid language is largely composed of compound words. These words are typically a combination of adjective + noun or noun + noun. In the latter case of two nouns (Noun1Noun2), it is normally safe to assume that the word means "Noun2 of Noun1", as in the word "Ceysel" ("shadow"+"hall"), which translates to "Hall of Shadow." When a compound word becomes plural, the normal rules apply. Note that "i" at the end of a word in a compound only denotes plurality of the word it is placed after. For example, the word "Laloriaran" is made up of the words "La" ("time"), "Lor"("dark") and "Aran"("King"). The "i" at the end of "Lori" presumably denotes plural. This means that "Lalori" becomes "dark times" instead of "dark time", which would be "Lalor". "Laloriaran" therefore means "King in dark times".
- Imperatives: In the Ayleid language, imperative verbs generally have "-voy" as a suffix. Sometimes, the imperative is identical to the infinitive.
- Definite Article The Ayleid language does not normally use a definite article. Therefore, "aran" might mean "a king" or "the king". However, when a definite noun is part of an adverbial phrase, particularly after an imperative verb, the article "an" can be added before the noun (e.g. "Epevoy an anyadena pado an sunnand", "Speak the life-treaty before the blessed-stone")*.
- * "An" should be read as "the" when translated, but the two words might not be entirely synonymous.
Below is a list of known Ayleid words that were, for the most part, extracted from the names of ruins found in Cyrodiil. Definitions are provided when known. Because of the large number of compound words in the Ayleid language, many words in the list will have similar parts.
- I do not fear 
- Forbidden hall
- Forbidden symbol
- God stone
- God power
- I god stone
- Lore, wisdom, secret[UOL 1] 
- Hall of Wisdom/Lore
- [Elven] Ancestors
- Ancestor's Hall
- The (seemingly only used before nouns in adverbial phrases, most of the time also with an imperative preceeding it)
- Winter 
- Life, bones[UOL 2]
- Kings (plural form of "Aran")
- King's (singular possessive form of "Aran")
- King's Hall
- Acknowledge (imperative form of "Arcta")
- Nobles 
- By what
- Welcoming (gerund of "Auran")
- From, In, Of, Upon
- Stone (taken from "Adabal", meaning "god stone")
- Power 
- My power 
- Wear 
- Mighty 
- Thunderous 
- Beech (As in the type of tree)
- Beech tree 
- Beech trees 
- Vassal (in context with Ayleid society, this should be understood as "Slave" rather than a subject or servant)
- Slave Halls
- Given[UOL 2]
- Final Shadow
- Hall of Shadow
- Mercy[UOL 2]
- Grant (imperative form of "Delle")
- End Hall
- Mortal gods
- Your mortal gods (the usage of the suffix "-ya" is unknown at this time, but points to a 2nd person plural possessive)
- A title used to show holy/important significance, and/or god-like status (Used in a name, like a compound word, except that the "El" is separated by a hyphen. The El can be used as a prefix, or a suffix, but it must always be hyphenated, and the "E" must always be a capital.)
- Speaks (gerund of "Epe")
- Hall of Gifts
- It[UOL 2]
- Set[UOL 2]
- Sunset (possibly the possesive form)
- Obscure, Secret
- Obscure cavern
- Obscure home
- Enemies[UOL 2]
- Against[UOL 2]
- Send[UOL 2]
- Begone/Stand Aside
- Outcast, Missing
- Follow/Follow me
- Many[UOL 2]
- Dark time
- Dark times
- Spring (season)/time of sweet waters 
- Light of Life
- Hall of Light
- Will[UOL 2]
- Darkens, Darkness
- Dark Hall
- Ayleid God of Sight, Light, and Insight 
- Loving-vassalage ("Mala" taking on a slightly different meaning here, most likely in the sense of "worship", as per the connection with "vassalage")
- High wood
- Homes (Plural of math)
- Home of Truth/Home-Truth
- (possibly a misspelling of "Mathmeldi" or vice-versa)
- [from] Home driven, Exiled
- Drive (eg. to drive cattle)
- Dark (Not in the sense of light, but as in "ill-fated" or "bad")
- Wood; Daedra (cf. heculmora, canomora)
- Unbind[UOL 2]
- Darkened (Not in the sense of light, but as in "ill-fated" or "bad")
- Autumn (dark light/dusk) 
- Darkened home
- Death, Deathly
- Hall of Death
- Believe[UOL 2]
- You (all evidence—as per suppositions about Ayleidoon word order—points to nominative form)
- Eternal power
- Glorious knight
- Cast down
- Heard[UOL 2]
- Hall of Beauty
- So (as in "So much to do")
- Sancre Tor
- Golden Hill
- Golden Home
- Golden Homes (plural from of "Sancremath")
- Halls (plural form of "Sel")
- Earth[UOL 2]
- Shining hall [possible translation, "Hall of Dawn"]
- Shining halls (plural form of "Silasel")
- Shine (noun)
- Blessed be
- Dawn's Beauty (the origin of the name "Tamriel")
- possibly "Silver"[UOL 3]
- Protections[UOL 2]
- Well (from Twyllvarlais, "Well of Stars")
- Taste (imperative form of "Tya"))
- You (possibly the direct or indirect object form of "Tya")
- Sky Child
- Summer (the green shine) 
- Gray (from Angalayond, "Iron Gray Time")
As oiobala Umarile, Ehlnada racuvar. - By the eternal power of Umaril, the mortal gods shall be cast down.
Ayleid runes on a stone tablet
- "Tel Var" is supposedly an adaptation of the Ayleidoon word for "Silver Star",[UOL 3] which would imply that the original Ayleidoon word was similar, albeit slightly different.
- Ayleidoon sounds similar to the languages of Faerie and Nymph, but the connection shares no vocabulary.
- Uncivilized "wild elves" were originally intended to be encountered as enemies in Daggerfall, who could be non-hostile to players fluent in Elvish, before they were cut from the game.
Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.