Dragon Languages

Dragon Languages in Popular Culture

Popular culture is filled with stories, movies and games featuring dragons. Each production has its own view of the nature of dragons and their relationship with the rest of the world. Some believe dragons to be much like other animals in their nature. According to this view, they are able to communicate with each other in a language that is entirely alien to human beings. Humans have no way of fully understanding dragons, but by forming a close bond with them, their ability to communicate with their dragons improves. This is the view adopted by all who believe dragons to be creatures akin to pets or wild animals that can be trained and domesticated.

On the other hand, there are many who believe that dragons are wise, magical creatures that are highly intelligent and powerful. According to this view, dragons communicate with other dragons and certain human beings in dragon language, human language and in some cases, even dragon script! Pop culture has greatly popularized the idea of dragon language, dragon words and dragon script through best-selling fantasy literature, dragon games and dragon TV shows.

Dragon Language According to Dragon Games

Dragons in GamePerhaps the biggest contributor to the popularity of dragon language or “dragon tongue” is a role-playing video game released in 2011. The game includes dragons as a central part of the story line, with the player having the ability to communicate with dragons and utilize their magic. The creators of the game created an entire dragon language, called Thu’um, for use in the game. This language also has dragon script, which looks like a combination of scratch-marks created by dragon claws. While a few dragon words are taught to the player as part of the storyline, it is up to the player to increase his/her dragon language vocabulary by searching for clues on walls in ancient dungeons and on burial grounds. This text is written in dragon alphabet, which players can decode by knowing the corresponding letter or sound in the Latin alphabet. The dragon language used in this game is similar in structure to the English language, with a few variations – prepositional phrases are placed earlier in sentences, verb tenses are often ignored and it has no equivalent to the English apostrophe. Possession is therefore indicated by ‘of the dragon’ as opposed to ‘the dragon’s’. Some players of this game have taken to learning the dragon language and dragon script, and are able to hold entire conversations in Thu’um! The dragon language holds magical powers in this game.

Dragon Language According to Fantasy Literature

Popular literature is rife with stories of dragons co-existing with human beings. In some stories, dragons are able to communicate with humans through various means. In the Inheritance series, there is no dragon language as such, but Dragon Riders share a mental connection with their dragons and communicate with their thoughts. Another series in the fantasy genre, the Oescienne series, features a dragon language called Kruelt, or Draggish, which also has a dragon script corresponding to the English alphabet.

Dragon Language on Television

Animated shows featuring dragons, like the Riders of Berk, are very popular with children of all ages. Dragon Booster is one such show wherein dragons have their own dragon script. However, as it is targeted at a young audience, the dragon script is fairly easy to understand, with alphabets that bear a resemblance to the English alphabet. When translated, the script reads in English, effectively ruling out the possibility of a real dragon language, as such.


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