Since early screenshots were released showing this brand new form of Hylian, Zelda fans have been hard at work translating it. Hyrule Historia says that the alphabet was “too ancient to translate” but clearly they underestimated Zelda Universe forum member Sarinilli who was able to crack the code via some small text found in the Lanayru section of the game.
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Those trying to translate this early form of Hylian were having difficulties with the letters J, Q, and X. And it certainly didn’t help that the description in Hyrule Historia painted a daunting picture of the task, saying:
“Alphabet existing from the reign of the goddess Hylia. It can be seen in various locations such as in Skyloft and the pedestal of the Goddess’ Sword where it is enshrined. This ancient text can not be translated.”
A lesser fan might have been discouraged by this passage from Hyrule Historia, but not Sarinilli. She was finally able to crack the code by examining some small text on signs in the game.
“If you take the alphabet and break it down into four lines, three of 8 and one with the remaining two as so:
then take a look at those signs in Lanayru with the tiiiinnny text, you can see the pattern actually fits.”
Thanks to that dedication we can now successfully translate all of the ancient Hylian in Skyward Sword, and have a fun font to boot!
To download the font, visit Sarinilli’s deviantART page for it here.
Thanks so much to Sarinilli for contacting us about her hard work at cracking the code and creating the font.