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The Altmer language, High Elven[1]:6, High Elvish[2] 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.[3]:7 To date, there are no known texts written in this language, or even a whole sentence, but some words are known.

PronunciationEdit

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 PhrasesEdit

AEdit

Abameld[4]
Adma'na 
Poor listener[5] (cf. Ayleidoon "adma"—"hear")
Admanen 
Listening eye[6]
Aednavorith 
Genealogy[7]
Aedra
Ancestors[8]
Alaxon 
Perfection[9]
Aprax
Outcast, criminal[10]
Ald Mora 
A ruin on Summerset Isle; the name means "old forest" in other Elven languages[11]
Aldveyond Beldaburk 
An old name for Sea Keep[12]
Apraxic 
Social outcast[UOL 3]
Apraxis 
Exile[13]
Arcta[4] 
Likely means "acknowledge", as in Ayleidoon
Autameld[14]

BEdit

Barra 
Welcome[15]

CEdit

Calian 
A praxic talisman, a symbol of a person's membership in the civilized High Elf society[16]
Canvaroth 
Scout[17]
Cerum, Ceruval 
Unknown, but known usage suggests a polite way to address someone (like "sir" or "madam"); both terms can be applied to both genders[18]

DEdit

Daedra
Roughly means, "Not our ancestors"[8]
De'nt 
Unknown; usage suggests some form of an insult[18]

EEdit

"Eluvein" written in the Altmer script
Eluvein 
A hilas owl[19]
Ephem 
Non-Altmer, outsider[20]

GEdit

Glamoril
Secret of Life[21]
Glan'nt 
Unknown; usage suggests some form of an insult[22]
Graxifalas 
Disgraceful[23]

HEdit

Halsoriel 
Sewer[23]
Hulkynd 
Broken child; refers to Altmeri children abandoned by their parents because of their imperfection, for example physical deformity[24] (cf. Ayleidoon "kynd"—"child")

KEdit

Kamlehal 
Shrieking terror[25]
Kynd 
Child[26]

NEdit

Nagaia[4] 
Likely means "death", as in Ayleidoon
Naganwe 
Unknown; used in the translingual word "revelator-naganwe", meaning "death seer"[27]
Nebarra 
Unwelcome (also used as a pejorative reference to outsiders)[28][18]

OEdit

Oegnithir 
Bad change[29]

REdit

Riasen 
A critical witness in a criminal investigation[30]
Russafeld 
Scarlet shrine[31]

SEdit

Shauta[4] 
Likely means "come", as in Ayleidoon
Slek 
An interjection (seemingly expresses negative emotions),[18] an insult[32]

TEdit

Tamriel
Dawn's Beauty[33]
Tor-Hame-Khard 
Warlord's Mountain Lair[34] (cf. Ayleidoon "tor"—"hill", "hame"—"home")

VEdit

Vey[4] 
Likely means "to" (indicating movement), as in Ayleidoon
Veyond Wyte[11]

WEdit

Welkynar 
The gryphon-riding protectors of Cloudrest; likely related to Ayleidoon "wel"—"sky"[35]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
  2. ^ Pure Language Pearl contraband item in ESO
  3. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
  4. ^ a b c d e Cavern Dwellers' dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  5. ^ Ulliceta gra-Kogg's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  6. ^ Tarnamir's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  7. ^ Loading screen of Monastery of Serene Harmony in ESO: Summerset
  8. ^ a b Aedra and Daedra
  9. ^ Olnewil's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  10. ^ Lanarie's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  11. ^ a b Location name in ESO: Summerset
  12. ^ Loading screen of Sea Keep in ESO: Summerset
  13. ^ The Price of PraxisCeruval Rolumaril
  14. ^ Regarding Thorn Blackstaff
  15. ^ Lady Sarah's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  16. ^ Mother of Rats's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  17. ^ Lilatha's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  18. ^ a b c d Various dialogue lines in ESO: Summerset
  19. ^ Jurisreeve Lorne's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  20. ^ Felawen's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  21. ^ Urag gro-Shub's dialogue in Skyrim
  22. ^ Lirendel's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  23. ^ a b Talerion's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  24. ^ Tableau and Manacar's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  25. ^ Erudil's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  26. ^ The Mother of Rats' dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  27. ^ Jurisreeve Soravil's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  28. ^ Aldarch Tilcalar's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  29. ^ Loremaster Celarus' dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  30. ^ Calawende's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  31. ^ Loading screen of Red Temple Catacombs in ESO: Summerset
  32. ^ Captain Telomure's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  33. ^ Main Quest introduction text in Arena
  34. ^ Loading screen of Tor-Hame-Khard in ESO: Summerset
  35. ^ 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