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Hen llinge is the language of Aen Seidhe elves. As it is one of the oldest languages still in use, it is referred to as the Old or Elder Speech while the lingua franca is Common Speech. It is used currently not only by elves, but also by mages and scholars. Sung versions of Elder Speech are used by dryads, sirens and nereids. Nilfgaardian and Skellige dialects both derive from Elder Speech.

Its vocabulary is based heavily on the Celtic languages of Wales, Ireland and Scotland, although in some cases Sapkowski has used also connotations with more "popular" tongues, like German and English. The two basic verbs, 'to be' and 'to have', are borrowed from Italian and Latin.[1]

Old Speech - Polish original text on Andrzej Sapkowski Zone

Dictionary Edit

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Names Phrases

A Edit

Elder Speech English
a'baeth kiss, to kiss
aard, ard mountain, mountainous, upper, top, or "the highest"
aark floe (as in ice floe)
aark, aark phonetic presentation of the sound ravens/crows make
abb mouth (of a river)
addan, adan dance; dancer; dancing
first person singular subject personal pronoun I (dryad dialect)
aedd shard, piece
aefder later, after
aen from, to, for, with, of, in, out of, at, by, down, in, into, until, on
aen'drean enter?
aenye fire
aesledde ride on a sledge/sled
aespar shoot (verb)
aevon river (from Welsh: Afon)
aep of, in (appears to be just general genitive, not marking solely hereditary ties)
aép in, to
aine light (possibly enlightened)
an small, also an indefinite article: a, an
an'givare informer, spy
a'taeghane today
arse arse (UK), ass (US), butt, rump

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Elder Speech English
ban peak, summit, place/village? (context dependent) (From Welsh: ban/fan)
baeg little (From Irish: beag)
beanna woman (From Irish: bean)
beann'shie banshee (From Irish: bean sí)
Birke the fourth savaed in the elven calendar, also Spring Equinox; birch tree
blath flower
blathan garland; flowers
blathanna Genitive: flowers', of flowers
blathe the fifth savaed in the elven calendar; possibly 'flowering'?
bleidd wolf (From Welsh: Blaidd)
bloed blood
bloede bloody, gory, damn (UK: bloody hell)
breoga frog (From Welsh: Broga)
Brokiloéne of Brokilon, Brokiloni

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Elder Speech English
caed forest; grove (From Welsh: coed)
cáelm calm, peaceful, quiet; slowly, quietly; calm, quieten
cáemm go (verb), arrive
caen can (verb)
caer fortress, castle, keep (kaer in Skellige dialect) (From Welsh: caer)
cáerme fate, destiny
Cáerme Destiny
carn kurgan, barrow, burial mound, cairn
carraigh rock (From Welsh: caraeg)
ceádmil

greet (in game appears as caed'mil; also as caedmill), greetings

ceann head, tip; end (as in end point)
cerbin raven
cinerea Ilyocoris
col pass (mountain pass) (From Welsh: dol)
conyn stalk (as in plant stem)
craag rock/cliff (From Welsh: careg/craig)
creasa possibly meaning place, zone, region or belt (Irish: crios)

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Elder Speech English
darganfod discover, discovery, discovered (From Welsh: darganfod)
darl'len read (From Welsh: darllen)
dearg red (From Irish: dearg)
dearme sleep; good night (phrase)
deireádh end (noun), last, finish (From Irish: deireadh)
deith flame
deithwen white flame
dh'oine human (in game also in form dh'oinne)
dhu black (From Welsh: du, Irish: dubh)
dice to speak, to talk
dol dale, dell, vale, valley (from Polish: dolina, Welsh: dôl)
d'yaebl devil (in game both a sword and a wolf bear this name)

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Elder Speech

English

easnadh sigh (Ellylon)
eate summer
eigean necessary, must, have to (From Irish: is éigean)
elaine fair, beautiful
elle alder
en indefinite article (a/an)
en'leass laced, tied (Ellylon)
enid daisy
ensh'eass enchanting, enthralling, charming, glamourous (Ellylon)
ess to be, is
esse will be, will
essea I am
esseath you are
evall horse (From French: cheval)
evellienn everything, all, everybody, everyone

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Elder Speech English
feainn sun; also the sixth savaed in the elven calendar
feainnewedd Sun-Child, Child of the Sun
fen meadow, pasture
foilé frantic, mad
folie frenzy
fuelk race (as in species)

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Elder Speech English
gar'ean note; consider
geas curse; geis is a magical obligation/prohibition
ghenain gnome
gláeddyv sword (From Welsh: cleddyf)
glean bottom, low (From Welsh: glan)
gleanna valley, possibly genitive: valley's, of valleys
glosse to look, watch, stare
gvalch falcon
gvalch'ca she-falcon
gwen, gwyn white (also -wen) (From Welsh: Gwyn)
gynvael ice

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Elder Speech English
hael greeting; health, safety, cure?
haela medicine; drug?
hanse unit, armed group of friends, gang
hav'caaren hawker(s); based on Elder Speech word for 'rapacious' (greedy)
hen old, oldest (From Welsh: Hen)
holl all (From Welsh: holl)

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Elder Speech English
ichaer blood
inchu inch (measurement)
inh'eid half elf
inis island (From Welsh: Ynys)
invaerne winter

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Elder Speech English
kelpie kelpie
Ker'zaer [2] Emperor (Nilfgaardian dialect) (From Latin: caesar)

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Elder Speech English
laeke, loc lake
lara seagull
lionors lioness
llamas maturing
luned daughter / young girl

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Elder Speech English
marw dies, die (From Welsh: marw/meirw)
me me, my, mine
meáth meet
mid- middle
milva kite (bird)
mir' show
mire look, observe?
mistle waxwing, or mistle thrush, also one of the Rats
minne love (noun)
modron mother (Skellige dialect)
morc book, tome
morvud, morvudd enemy, enemies
muire sea

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Elder Speech English
naev'de nine
neén no, not
neygharimm dwarf
ninnau we, us; ourselves (From Welsh: nina/ninau)

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Elder Speech English
ogh'r ogre

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Elder Speech English
pavienn ape
pest pestilence, plague, blight
pherian Halfling, hobbit

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Elder Speech English
que that
quirk, quirk phonetic representation of the sound sparrows make

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Elder Speech English
raenn run
rhena

queen (Skellige dialect)

Roethainne [2] Redanian
ruadhri riders, horsemen (Ellylon)

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Elder Speech English
saov spirit, soul, ghost?
savaed One eighth of the year in the elven calendar
scoia'tael squirrel(s)
seidh hill, mound
seidhe of hills, hill's
shaent sing
sidh elf (dryad dialect)
sledd sled
sor'ca little sister
spar shoot (verb)
spar'le (order) fire; attack
squaess excuse (squass'me - I apologize); forgive
straede road, path (From Welsh: Stryd)

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Elder Speech English
taedh bard, poet
tearth fear
tedd time, age, season
thaesse shut up
tir land, ground; country
tirth wild boar
tor tower (Welsh: twr)
treise strength, vigour, power
tuathe whisper
tvedeane twelve, dozen

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Elder Speech English
uniade union, uniting, joining; merger (From Welsh: Uniad)

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Elder Speech English
va go
va faill goodbye, farewell
vara wares; goods
vatt'ghern witcher
veloë fast, quick; quickly
voe'rle stop, halt?
vort further, away (from oneself), still

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Elder Speech English
wedd child
weddin diminutive form of 'wedd', child; kiddo
wen white (also as -wen) (From Welsh: Wen/wyn)
woed, woéd, woedd wood; forest (From Welsh: Coed/Coedwig)

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Elder Speech English
yeá so
yghern Giant centipede
ymladda combat, fight (From Welsh: Ymladd)
yn on, over, upon
ys downward

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Elder Speech English
zirael / zireael swallow (bird)
zvaere swear (to take an oath)

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Elder Speech English
Aedd Gynvael Shard of Ice
Aen N'og Mab Taedh'morc "Practices for a Young Bard"
Aen Elle Alder Folk, People of the Alders
Aen Saevherne Sage
Aen Seidhe Hill Folk, People of the Hill
Aen Woedbeanna Woman of the Woods
Aenyell'hael Baptism of fire, also the name of a novel
Aevon y Pont ar Gwennelen River of Alabaster Bridges, Pontar
Ard Carraigh High Rock
Belleteyn blossoming
Birke Spring equinox; the fourth savaed in the elven calendar; 'birch tree'
Ban Ard

Upper (peak ?)

Ban Gleán Lower (peak ?)
Brokiloén Brokilon
Caed Dhu Black Forest/Grove (From Welsh: Black Woods)
Caed Myrkvid Myrkvid Forest/Grove
Caer a'Muirehen Old Sea Keep; Keep of the Elder Sea (Blood of Elves , UK); Witchers' fortress
Ceann Treise a cascade in Brokilon; possibly 'Point of Vigour'
Conynhaela a magical cure which enables the rapid regeneration damaged or broken bones
Craag An once a village, now a necropolis in Brokilon; meaning uncertain, possibly 'small rock/crag'
Dol Adalatte Valley of the Adalatte-river.
Dol Blathanna Valley of the Flowers.
Duén Canell The Place of the Oak
Glyswen White River
Gwenllech river: White Stones
Gwendeith fortress: White Flame
Gwynbleidd White Wolf (From Welsh: Blaidd Gwyn)
Hen Ichaer Elder Blood
Imbaelk Imbolc, germination; the third savaed in the elven calendar
Lammas maturing; the seventh savaed in the elven calendar
Mear'ya Maria, Mary (for some reason brings not so nice connotations [3])
Midaëte Midsummer
Midinvaerne Midwinter
Saovine 'Soul day'?; the first savaed in the elven calendar
Tor Lara Tower of the Seagulls, Gulls' Tower
Tor Zireael Tower of the Swallow, Swallow's Tower
Velen

autumn equinox; the eighth savaed in the elven calendar

Xin'trea

Cintra in Elder Speech.

Icon TOCPhrases Edit

Elder Speech English
Aen me Glaeddyv, zvaere a Bloedgeas, Ard Rhena, Lionors Aep Xintra! By my Sword, I swear Blood Oath, the Highest Queen, Lioness of Cintra! (Skellige dialect)
Ayd f'haeil moen Hirjeth taenverde. Conquer with courage rather than strength.
A d'yaebl aép arse A devil up your arse.
Ceádmil, Wedd Brokiloéne!

Greetings, Child of Brokilon!

Dubhenn haern am glândeal, morc'h am fhean aiesin My glare will pierce through darkness, my brightness will scatter the shadow
Duettaeánn aef cirrán Cáerme Gláeddyv. Yn á esseáth The Sword of Destiny has two edges. You are one of them
En'ca minne A little love.
Glaeddyv vort, beanna Drop the sword, woman
Glaeddyvan vort! Drop the swords!
Ire lokke, ire tedd Another place, another time
Lambert caen me a'baeth aep arse Lambert can kiss me in the ass
Que'ss aen me dicette, Enid? Vorsaeke'llan? Aen vaine? What [would you say / are you saying??] to me, Daisy? Forsake them? In vain?
Squass'me Excuse me; forgive me
Va'esse deireádh aep eigean, va'esse eigh faidh'ar Something ends, something begins

Writings Edit

Elder Speech English
Darl'len, Aen Seidhe!

Neen evelienn Scoia'tael marw. Cáemm aep woedd, holl Aen Seidhe. Darganfod an uniade ninnau. Ymladda dh'oine. Ess'tedd, esse creasa.

Read, Aen Seidhe!

Not every Scoia'tael is dead. Come to the woods, all Aen Seidhe. Discover and join us. Fight the humans. It is time, it will be the place.

Elaine blath, Feainewedd

Dearme aen a'caelme tedd

Eigean evelienn deireadh

Que'n esse, va en esseath

Feainewedd, elaine blath

Beautiful flower, Sun Child

Dream of/in a calm time

Everyone must end

Thus it will be, gone you are

Sun Child, beautiful flower

Va fail, elaine - caed'mil, folie! Glaeddyv dorne aep t'enaid, bunn'droh ithne i'yachus Good bye beauty, hello madness. Sword thorn of soul, [unknown, ithne may relate to Irish 'ith' or eat, i'yachus may relate to Irish 'iach' or 'eo']

Notes & references Edit

  1. "Nie bądź, kurwa, taki Geralt" - community interview
  2. 2.0 2.1 In The Witcher game series
  3. The Baptism of Fire, chapter one

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