Dragon Alphabet

The ancient alphabet of the Dragons appears in multiple places throughout TESV: Skyrim, most notably the ancient Nordic Word Walls that dot Skyrim’s landscape. The alphabet also appears in Dragon Language: Myth no More by Hela Thrice-Versed, on the Dragon Stone in Bleak Falls Barrow, and on the banners that hang throughout the halls of High Hrothgar.

Dragon Script] did in fact appear as if the ancient Nords had copied the language of the dragons of old, for the characters of that language very much resemble claw marks, or scratches. One can almost envision a majestic dragon using his great, sharp talons to carve the symbols into the stone itself. And a human witness – possibly even a thrall or servant – learning, observering, so that he too could use the language for his own ends.

— Hela Thrice-Versed, Dragon Language: Myth No More

Character Map

Symbols that look similar:

  • I, S and Z;
  • V, EI and AA;
  • A and Q;
  • C and EY;
  • D and R.

When using “Dragon Font”, typing in numbers translates to the following special symbols on the character map.

  • 1=AA
  • 2=EI
  • 3=II
  • 4=AH
  • 5=UU
  • 6=UR
  • 7=IR
  • 8=OO
  • 9=EY

Typing in “0”, however, results in an unknown symbol to appear. For some reason the developers assigned “0” a symbol, but never gave that symbol a translation.


The most common example of the alphabet can be found on Word Walls throughout Skyrim. You can see a full list of all possible walls and their translations at the UESP.

The Dragon Stone from Bleak Falls Barrow. In English, it reads “Here lie our fallen Lords until power of Alduin revive”. (Translated by Talin Sero)
Banners from High Hrothgar. In English, the first banner says, “Voice Tuum”. Tuum is not a known dragon word. It may be a random selection of symbols or a typo. The second banner reads, “Sky, Flight (to fly)”. These are most likely Words of Power. (Translated by Talin Sero)
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