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Darnassian ( Arathandris Silversky calls it “Darnassae” )is the primary language of the night elves. It has both written and spoken equivalents. There are two specific dialects: Darnassian, the current language; and an older script, a strange dialect, that can be found in ancient night elf ruins (perhaps Elven).

Just as the naga, high elves, and blood elves are descended from night elves, so Darnassian bears some resemblance to the Nazja and Thalassian languages. There are, however, strong ideological differences between the night elves and their distant kin. Thus, a linguist must take great care in drawing comparisons between Darnassian and its two cousin languages. Night elves tend to considersuch comparisons offensive.It has been pointed out that Darnassian, an old language, shares the same root word with the name of the Night Elven capital, Darnassus, a city created relatively recently. Some reasons as to why this may be include: 1) the language was always called Darnassian, and the city was named for the language; 2) there was no name for the language prior to the foundation of the city, and so they bore the same, 3) the name of the language was changed, or 4) “darnass” has a translation we have not yet determined.

Now 🙂 here are a few translations from Darnassian to English.Enjoy! 😀

“An’da!” = “Papa!” (A nick name for a father)

“Ande’thoras-ethil.” = “May your troubles be diminished.”(A farewell.)

“Andu-falah-dor!” = “Let balance be restored!” (A war cry.)

“Ash Karath!” = “Do it!”

“Bandu Thoribas! = “Prepare to fight!” (A challenge to an enemy.)

“Elune-Adore.” = “Elune be with you.” (A greeting.)

“Fandu-dath-belore?” = “Who goes there?”

“Ishnu-alah.” = “Good fortune to you” (A greeting.)

“shan’do” = “Honored Teacher” (A title and term of respect.)

“thero’shan” = “Honored student” (A title and term of respect.)

“Tor ilisar’thera’nal!” = “Let our enemies beware!”

“kaldorei” = “children of the stars”, “people of the stars”. (Starborne, night elves)

“nordrassil” = “crown of the heavens”

“quel’dorei” = “children of noble birth” (“Highborne”, “High-borne”, “high elves”)

“sunstrider” = “he who walks the day”

“teldrassil” = “crown of the earth”

“xaxas” = A short title with many meanings, all dire. “Chaos, “fury”, “The embodiment of elemental rage, such as found in erupting volcanos or shattering earthquakes”, “elemental fury”, “catastrophe”

“Zin-Azshari” = “The glory of Azshara”

That’s it for now.


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