A community for the dragon language of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

A community for the dragon language of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

April 10, 2016

After the past few months of TES-only discussion, the Community Wall is now open-topic again. Stop on by and say hello! Alongside this change, we've added a couple new features:

  • Chat icons now appear in the "Members Online' section so you can see who's currently chatting. While you're chatting, the "Members Online" section will automatically update so you won't have to refresh the page to see who's online.
  • emotes can now be used in the chat.
  • A "Daily Topic" message now appears above the Community Wall, which will update with a new Dovahzul, Elder Scrolls, language, or video game-related prompt each day. Use this as a starting point if you're looking for something to chat about. Feel free to suggest topics you'd like to see here!
March 11, 2016

Part listening exercise and part audio drama, The Jarl’s Word is a new series that will transport you to First Era Skyrim, where Snow Elves still stalk the woods and the dragon language is the language of the law. You are the newly appointed scribe of the High King, and must record his commands for all of Skyrim to hear.

Grab some pen and paper and listen at your own pace. Share an image of your transcription in the comments below, and the Jarl will award you 30 gold, or 45 gold for transcriptions written in runes. For additional practice, you can also try translating his commands.

Listen to The Jarl’s Word Episode 1 - Introductions

The Jarl’s Word is something new we’re trying out, and as always we would appreciate your feedback! If you enjoy it, we hope to produce more episodes in the future. If you like listening exercises but would prefer them in a different format, we’ll consider that as well. For now, thanks for listening and best of luck!

March 5, 2016

The Word Wall Contest has concluded, and here are the winning entries! Congratulations go to the following winners:

Read the Word Wall Contest winning entries

Many thanks to everyone who entered! Happy reading, and keep an eye out for future contests and events.

February 24, 2016

If you've been trying to access the site this evening, we apologize for the downtime and thank you for your patience.

We received an email from our web host notifying us that our websites had been compromised and that unsafe files had been loaded onto the server. Our web host quarantined those files, but in addition quarantined the entire web directory, which was why the site was offline for a time. We do not know how the compromise occurred, but believe it may have been through a Wordpress vulnerability on another site hosted on the same server. has been restored now, and we've taken all the steps on our end to address the situation.

Existing site files were not compromised, and neither was the database. At this time we have no reason to believe that any database information was accessed, such as personal or login information. All the same, we encourage you to keep a strong password and change it on a regular basis.

We will keep you updated if we find out more about the situation as we keep chaos and destruction at bay. Thanks again for your patience. Su'um ahrk morah.

February 12, 2016

In Skyrim, a Word Wall is an inscription in the Dragon Language that tells a short story or commemorates a hero or event. Your task is to pick a memory from Skyrim and write a Word Wall to describe it. Maybe you had an epic battle with a dragon, killed the village chicken, or witnessed your horse sail off beyond the horizon.

Winning entries will be featured in a collection here in the Library. You don’t need to be a member to enter, but if you are there’s also a  120 gold prize for the winning entries.

Here are a few examples of Word Walls to inspire your writing:

Het pr1n balgr5f
jun do 4rolsedov4
wo sp1n ok jun1r
nuz nis v3k f1l
kod1v se brom

Het praan Balgruuf,
Jun do Ahrolsedovah,
wo spaan ok junaar
nuz nis viik faal
Kodaav se Brom

Here rests Balgruuf,
King of Whiterun,
who shielded his kingdom
but could not defeat the
Bear of the North.

P4 werid h2mskr
zok nonvul do p4 son1k
wo lost kr3n f4
ok unsl1d zul

Pah werid Heimskr
zok nonvul do pah sonaak
wo lost kriin fah
ok unslaad zul.

All praise Heimskr,
most noble of all priests
who was slain for
his ceaseless voice.

Contest Entry Guidelines

Entries should be roughly between 10-30 words in length, or approximately 2-5 lines. As shown in the examples above, Word Walls tend to be very brief and like to rely on context clues for full meaning. See the Word Walls lesson for more on grammatical patterns in Word Walls.

Entries must relate to Skyrim in some way. You can be as serious or silly as you'd like. The winning entries will be those that make the best use of the language and its vocabulary.

All contest entries must use the vocabulary found in the main dictionary. Entries that make use of vocabulary found in the Legacy Dictionary will not qualify for the contest. You are encouraged to make compound words and use the vocabulary as creatively as you see fit.

You can send your entry in a private message to paarthurnax or send it in the body of an email to [email protected] with the subject line: Word Wall Contest – your name.  In this message/email, please provide:

  • Your contest entry (if in an email, preferably in the body of the email and not as an attachment)
  • A translation of your entry
  • The name, pen name, username, or blog url you would like to be listed as the author of your entry

This contest will be open for entries until Friday, February 26th.  Pruzah pel!