Elvish Words



abelas: “sorrow”, used as an apology
adra: speak
aerinal: wind
andaran atish’an: “enter this place in peace”, a formal elvish greeting
Andruil: Goddess of the Hunt
aravel: “land ship”, used by the dalish to move their clans
Arlathan: “this place I love”, capital of elvhenan


da’len: child
durgen’len: “children of the stone”, dwarves
duster: derogatory dwarven slang for the casteless adopted by the shyth’adra’aerinal to refer to clan-less and/or non-dalish elves


elvhenan: ancient elvish kingdom, supposedly covered all of Thedas
Elgar’nan: Father God, invoked in the name of vengeance


Falon’Din: “Friend of the Dead”, God of Death and Fortune
Fen’Harel: “Dread Wolf”, Trickster God, Roamer of the Beyond, Bringer of Nightmares
First: a Keeper’s apprentice


Gathering: a meeting of all the Dalish clans that is scheduled every 10 years


halla: honored companions, horned stags that pull the aravel and provide horns for bow-making


iar: eye, vision, sight, watch, guard
ironbark: Dalish-made substance used for weapons and valuable artifacts that is stronger and lighter than steel; a possible valuable trade good, as neither dwarves nor humans can make it


Keeper: spiritual leaders of the Dalish clans


lethallin: “friend of mine”, casual reference for familiar acquaintances


megdalain: the source and translation of this word is not known
Mythal: Mother Goddess, invoked in the name of justice


sikarmeth: omen
shem or shemlen: “quick children”, humans
shyth: clan


vallaslin: “blood writing”, tattoo style adopted to prominently (even belligerently?) display worship of the traditional elven pantheon
valwe: night
Vhenadahl: “Tree of the People”, symbol of their heritage kept by alienage elves
Vir Tanadahl: “Way of Three Trees”, Dalish code of conduct

Clan names tend to be compound “words” that may or may not make sense as phrases and are open to interpretation. Shyth’adra’aerinal, for instance, could be translated as “Clan of the speaking wind”, but it could also mean “Clan who speaks to the wind” or “Clan as silent as the wind” depending on the mood of the elf providing the translation and the point they are trying to make. Much of the original elven language is lost and few even among the Dalish speak it well enough to truly translate the archaic meaning of the words. The clan names, however, are perhaps intentionally vague.

The Vir Tanadahl is made of three parts:
*Vir Assan “Way of the Arrow”: fly straight and do not waver
*Vir Bor-Assan “Way of the Bow”: bend but never break
*Vir Adahlen “Way of the Forest”: together we are stronger than the one
The three phrases are often strung together like a mantra, ending with the phrase “we are the last of the elvhenan, and never again shall we submit.”

Elvish Words

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