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February Game Informer Cover Revealed

Game Informer has revealed their February cover.  "The inside of the magazine has over 20 screenshots that show off Skyrim in all its glory, along with a 14-page article on the new gameplay, engine, story and setting for this latest Elder Scrolls epic."

Front Cover


Front and Back

For those of you interested in what's written on the back cover, this will help you translate the runes, or you can take a look at the comments below for the translation.

Joined: 07/13/2010

Any idea as to what that says on the back?

Joined: 09/01/2010

 any chance its akaviri cause there apparently releasing a code to translate the writing in a few hours

Lady N's picture
Joined: 06/26/2010

Its Dragon, apparently. Here is the translation:


Dovahkiin Dovahkiin
Naal ok zin los vahriin
Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal
Ahrk fin norok paal graan
Fod nust hon zindro zaan
Dovahkiin Fah hin kogaan mu draal

Ahrk fin kel lost prodah
Do ved viing ko fin krah
Tol fod zeymah win kein meyz fundein
Alduin feyn do jun
kruziik vokun staadnau
voth aan bahlok wah diivon fin lein

Dragonborn Dragonborn
By his honor is sworn
To keep evil forever at bay
And the fiercest foes rout
When they hear triumph's shout
Dragonborn for your blessing we pray

And the scrolls have fortold
Of black wings in the cold
That when brothers wage war come unfurled
Alduin bane of kings
Ancient shadow unbound
With a hunger to swallow the world

Blankenmarch's picture
Joined: 12/29/2010

 I really, really, really wanna see those screenshots.


Can anyone scan oh wait it says February nevermind.



Proweler's picture
Joined: 06/14/2010

The text on the back is the same as in the puzzle. And looking at the puzzle I'm not that surpriced it was solved so fast. They've given the translation key so if you know one letter you can already narrow down the possibilities.


Eitherway I do kinda like the atmosphere they're creating this way.



Joined: 11/25/2010

It seems that in the past these types of puzzles would be something that was to be found on the games website. Now it gets published on the site of the magazine that has the exclusive. I'm just glad non-subscribers can be part of the experience even if we have to wait a month to see the actual article.


It's interesting that they didn't want to spoil Alduin, since that's the only word which was not pre-transcribed (can't translate it because Alduin is Alduin apparently).


I tried translating it for a few hours before they put up the puzzle page. But it's actually a two tier process as you first have to transcribe from cuneiform to (phonetic) latin script and only then can you translate.

First I tried Dovahkiin as the first word but the way i was doing it didn't fit because there were 2 letters left. This was because ii and ah are counted as one letter each.

There was just no way I could have figured it out.


Some people are mad no screenshots are released. But personally, the way the game looks is less important to me than how some of the story gets unveiled.

Proweler's picture
Joined: 06/14/2010

Hah. The announcement is going to be milked it for eleven months. I feel kinda sorry for people who get all worked up about not seeing the screenshots. They'll have to suffer through it.



Proweler's picture
Joined: 06/14/2010
Okay, can some one explain this to me. The article says the following:
Last month saw the release of the teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, also available at the bottom of this article. During the trailer, you probably noticed some mysterious language being sung. What you might not have known is that the words are in the tongue of the dragons, an entirely new language crafted by Bethesda for use in the upcoming game.

I don't belief this is true. Neither the original or the translated version comes close to what I'm hearing.

Some one put a youtube video together but it only seems to highlight that the first stanza of the poem and the song match rythem wise. The song seems to be in plain english except for the word Dovahkiin. I wish I could make an elegant argument here but it just doesn't match.

The Black Revenant's picture
Joined: 10/26/2010

I agree. the story is much more important than the appearance. They've set the entire tone of the game with this cover and I'm excited.

The Black Revenant's picture
Joined: 10/26/2010

Has anyone else noticed the base similarities between some of the cuniform and certain runes in the other games that represent the same character such as the "D" in daedric runes?