An interesting language that’s for sure. It spawned many a gamer shouting FUS RO DAH! Most of the time I began saying it as my character wandered throughout Skyrim. It became quite catchy and unforgettable, not to mention another meme that spawned from the game. Lets quickly cross over that bridge before the urge overtakes me.
As I finished off Skyrim due to gaining a platinum trophy,an Elder Dragon roared and swooped down onto the poor citizens of Whiterun. It was then I just really started to wonder where this Dragon language originated, is it just a made up language with random words made on a drunken night out? So the inquisitive nature within me began to look for answers while finishing off the Elder Dragon of course. How rude and heartless would I look if I didn’t help out Whiterun? Don’t answer that it’s a totally rhetorical question.
I did a little bit of research and discovered that the dragon language has the same grammar as English, but there isn’t any sort of equivilant to our apostrophies and the dragon language doesn’t have tense. The language’s script is also similar to cuneiform which is the written language of ancient Mesopotamia. So my expectations of it being drunken ramblings are thrown out of the window now. If you search there are quite a few Dragon language translators out there floating around the world wide web. Some people are even trying to learn the language fluently! You can find a table of the Dragon language and the equivalent in English on Skyrim’s wikia page.
Some trivia though about the dragon language in Skyrim is that when Alduin and Paarthurnax speak to you they will speak in both the English and dragon language. They also often repeat a word in English after it has been said in the dragon language so you can understand. Any hostile dragons that you encounter will sometimes taunt you in the Dragon language. At least now I can look up what they are saying the dirty scaly gits!
A language such as the Dragon language in Skyrim fascinates me, mostly to how it was decided that they would base it off an ancient language and how they chose it. The sheer amount of detail that has gone into just the language alone is astounding, couple that with the rest of the game including place names etc. and you have a massive open world game which is what one of their aims probably was. Even though Skyrim has its glitches and bugs, the amount of players that are still playing it now 5 months after release date proves how open world it is along with the desire to do every quest possible. For whatever reason gamers still play Skyrim, the Dragon language is memorable and for years to come will be the roar of FUS RO DAH!
Source: Skyrim Dragon Language