The Hylian language isn't something we became particularly familiar with during our time with The Legend Of Zelda games. We see markings etched into street signs, or perhaps outside of certain people's houses, but that's about it. And yet, it's a key part of the lore that is The Legend Of Zelda. Will learning the language give us further insight into the world of Hyrule?
Well, kinda. We don't know how Hylian actually sounds, but Nintendo has certainly created an alphabet for fans to learn. One such fan on reddit, non_dom, has recently reminded us of this and taken the liberty of translating a few of the signs scattered throughout Hyrule. Care to see?
Hylian — The Language Of 'The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess' HD
The images were taken from the most recent release in the franchise, Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U. Is anyone out there currently enjoying this re-release?
Though this game is often the Zelda title that fans love to hate, I still feel like it's one of the greatest games the franchise has produced. I love its atmosphere, visual style, dark narrative and of course, the ability to play as a wolf. What's not to like? But for now, place yourself in Ordon Village with the help of this music (am I the only one who thinks this music should play every time we come home?).
First up, we have the sign outside of Link's house. No matter what you call your character (do many of you actually change Link's name?), the sign outside will be written in the same script. Why? Well it seems that every house in Ordon Village has the same thing written outside of it: "Uchi." Translated from Japanese, this simply means house. Neat.
If you read the translation of the next image, you'll actually see it reads: "Ordon Ranch ahead." But it seems that the signs in Hyrule are very simply placeholders. All of them, though the sentence looks complicated, simply say: "Signboard of Hyrule." It would be nice if every signpost was translated perfectly into what it actually says, but that'd be a lot of work!
The next sign is actually a bit of a mouthful when translated: "Forest Temple Path. It's pitch dark ahead! Parties interested in going forward must first go this way!" The translation? Simply, "The approach to a Shrine of Forest." What a fascinating language! Makes me think that if Link actually did talk, he'd speak in simple sentences that would give little to no information.
Ever wondered what all of the books are actually about in The Legend of Zelda? Hyrule can have plenty of reading materials scattered about, but what are all of these people actually reading? Well, while we get translations for some of the titles, it seems all of them simply say: "Book of stuff." I suppose that's informative in some way.
Got any other translations for us? Are you interested in the language of Hyrule or currently playing The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U? If so, let us know in the comments. And if you wish to translate some signs of your own, here's what all of the symbols in The Legend Of Zelda mean.