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Hylian alphabet   Hylian alphabet

Like the other two Hylian Scripts, the Hylian Alphabet was created to be used in the immensely popular video game series known as the Legend of Zelda. Specifically, it was used in the two versions of the game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Like the other two Hylian scripts, this alphabet was created by an unknown graphics artist at Nintendo, though probably not the same one that created the other two, because while the other two were created using elements of the Hirigana and Katakana Japanese Syllabaries, this was based directly on the Latin Alphabet, and it bears no resemblance to the other two. In fact, it is simply a different way to write in English, just as the Ancient and Modern Hylian Syllabaries are alternate ways to write Japanese.

Notable features

  • This script is made up of the 26 letters of the Latin Alphabet. As for punctuation, it includes a period, a comma, a colon, and a semicolon that are identical to their English counterparts, as well as an exclamation point that looks very similar to the letter J.
  • This alphabet is written from left to right in horizontal lines.
  • Words are spaced apart, but in some inscriptions the individual letters are spaced apart, equidistant from each other.

Used to write

Hylian, which in this game, unlike in all others, is a form of English, not Japanese.

Hylian alphabet

The top row letters are used when writing from left to right, while the bottom row are used for writing from right to left.

Hylian alphabet

Sample texts in the Hylian alphabet

Sample text in the Hylian alphabet: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Transliteration - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Left to right sample text

Left to right sample text in the Hylian alphabet: Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Right to left sample text

Right to left sample text in the Hylian alphabet: Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Transliteration

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Links

Hylian Alphabet Fonts
http://www.zeldalegends.net/index.php?n=fonts

Information about Skyward Sword - another Hylian script
http://sarinilli.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4illix

The information on this page was put together by Jacob Adams.

Fictional alphabets

Ancients' Alphabet, Ath, Atlantean, Aurek-Besh, Cirth, Daedric, D'ni, Dragon Runes, Futurama Alien Alphabet, Gargish, Gnommish, Golic Vulcan, Halo Covenant alphabet, Hylian syllabary (Old), Hylian syllabary (Modern), Hylian alphabet, Klingon, Kryptonian, Marain, Matoran, Romulan, Sarati, Standard Galactic Alphabet, Tsolyáni (Tékumel), Tenctonese, Tengwar, Utopian, Visitor, Zentlardy


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