Darnassian (Alliance 15 Arathandris Silversky calls it Darnassae[1]) is the primary language of the night elves. It has both written and spoken equivalents. There are two specific dialects: Darnassian, the current language; and an older script, a strange dialect, that can be found in ancient night elf ruins (perhaps Elven).

Just as the naga, high elves, and blood elves are descended from night elves, so Darnassian bears some resemblance to the Nazja and Thalassian languages. There are, however, strong ideological differences between the night elves and their distant kin. Thus, a linguist must take great care in drawing comparisons between Darnassian and its two cousin languages. Night elves tend to consider such comparisons offensive.[2]

This is one of the four elven dialects.[3] (see below)

It has been pointed out that Darnassian, an old language, shares the same root word with the name of the Night Elven capital, Darnassus, a city created relatively recently. Some reasons as to why this may be include: 1) the language was always called Darnassian, and the city was named for the language; 2) there was no name for the language prior to the foundation of the city, and so they bore the same, 3) the name of the language was changed, or 4) "darnass" has a translation that is not yet known.

Darnassian Primer (official translations)

Here are a few common Darnassian phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by Blizzard:

Night Elf Names

Night elf names always have a special meaning. First names derive from an elven word or the name of a famous hero having a totemic or ancestral connection. Surnames are indicative of the family line and often date back millennia.[12] (WoWRPG 39)

  • Male Names:

Ilthilior, Mellitharn, Khardona, Andissiel, Mardant, Tanavar.

  • Female Names:

Kaylai, Keina, Deliantha, Meridia, Freja, Alannaria, Nevarial.

  • Family Names:

Moonblade, Glaivestorm, Proudstrider, Oakwalker, Nightwing, Staghorn.

Non-Translated Darnassian words or phrases

  • Al'ameth - A lake in southeastern Teldrassil.
  • Aldrassil - An inhabited tree in northeastern Teldrassil.
  • Allaminar! - Word of magic that creates a illumination spell, which causes a bright light.[13]
  • Ameth'Aran - Former night elven city in Darkshore.
  • Ara-Hinam - A night elven village, long since destroyed.
  • Arlithrien - Pools in southwestern Teldrassil.
  • Astranaar - Night elven town in Ashenvale.
  • Bashal'Aran - Former night elven city in Darkshore.
  • Ban'ethil - A barrow den in central Teldrassil.
  • Constellas - A former night elven settlement in Felwood.
  • Darnassus - The current capital of the night elves.
  • Dolanaar - Night elven town in central Teldrassil.
  • Dor'Danil - Barrow den in eastern Ashenvale.
  • Eldara - Tower in northeastern Azshara.
  • Eldarath - A ruined city in Azshara.
  • Eldre'Thalas - Dire Maul.
  • Elune'ara - A lake in Moonglade.
  • Ethel Rethor - A tower in western Desolace.
  • Falathim - Lake in western Ashenvale.
  • Falfarren - River in central Ashenvale.
  • Feralas - Lush jungle in southwestern Kalimdor.
  • Hyjal - Historical mountain in northern Kalimdor.
  • Isildien - Night elf ruins in southern Feralas.
  • Jademir - A lake in northern Feralas.
  • Kalidar - Alleged former name of island currently known as Teldrassil.
  • Keermissar! - Word of magic that causes three whirling magic stars to flash forth and strike an enemy.[13]

Word list (speculation)

This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

This is the list of words created by the in-game language parser for the Darnassian language, and is listed as language number two (word range 101-202) in the Language text file.

Note: The language algorithm used by the in-game "translator" merely makes the words LOOK like Darnassian. It does not actually use a specific dictionary. Therefore, translated in-game speech isn't true Darnassian.

Number of letters in word Word List
One-letter words A, D, E, I, N, O
Two-letter words Al, An, Da, Do, Lo, Ni, No, Ri, Su
Three-letter words Ala, Ano, Anu, Ash, Dor, Dur, Fal, Nei, Nor, Osa, Tal, Tur
Four-letter words Alah, Aman, Anar, Andu, Dath, Dieb, Diel, Fulo, Mush, Rini, Shar, Thus
Five-letter words Adore, Balah, Bandu, Eburi, Fandu, Ishnu, Shano, Shari, Talah, Terro, Thera, Turus
Six-letter words Asto're, Belore, Do'rah, Dorini, Ethala, Falla, Ishura, Man'ar, Neph'o, Shando, T'as'e, U'phol
Seven-letter words Al'shar, Alah'ni, Aman'ni, Anoduna, Dor'Ano, Mush'al, Shan're
Eight-letter words D'ana'no, Dal'dieb, Dorithur, Eraburis, Il'amare, Mandalas, Thoribas
Nine-letter words Banthalos, Dath'anar, Dune'adah, Fala'andu, Neph'anis, Shari'fal, Thori'dal
Ten-letter words Ash'therod, Dorados'no, Isera'duna, Shar'adore, Thero'shan
Eleven-letter words Fandu'talah, Shari'adune
Twelve-letter words Dor'ana'badu, T'ase'mushal
Thirteen-letter words U'phol'belore
Fourteen-letter words Anu'dorannador, Turus'il'amare
Fifteen-letter words Asto're'dunadah, Shindu'falla'na
Sixteen-letter words -
Seventeen-letter words Ando'meth'derador, Anu'dorinni'talah, Esh'thero'mannash, Thoribas'no'thera

Darnassian Words or Phrases (speculation)

See Darnassian (speculation).

Related languages

The novel Cycle of Hatred mentions "four elven dialects".[3] The Naga, high elves, and blood elves all speak languages derived from Darnassian. The Naga (former Highborne elves), speak the language Nazja, which is as corrupted as the creatures who speak it. The language of the high elves, who were exiled from Kalimdor, changed into what is now known as Thalassian. It is also the language of the blood elves.

Darnassian, Thalassian, and Najza seem to have many common phrases, as is evidenced by Prince Kael'thas' use of "Ishnu'alah", Lady Vashj's "Ishnu'dal'dieb", as well as the names of the different elf subtypes, the Kaldorei, Quel'dorei, and Sin'dorei.

The high elves have very long life spans compared to humans, so Thalassian might be so similar to Darnassian that it would be more correct to call it a dialect, rather than a separate language. However, various sources call them languages, and imply that there would be difficulty in communication between the separate languages.

Beyond the current spoken version of Darnassian there is at least one more ancient dialect of Darnassian, written in Darnassian runes.[14] However, it is possible that it is the language currently known as Elven which is also spoken on Mount Hyjal.


  1. ^ Quotes by Arathandris Silversky
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Darnassian. The Warcraft Encyclopedia 361. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2007-09-10.
  3. ^ a b DeCandido, Keith R.A.. Cycle of Hatred, 67. ISBN 978-0743471367. 
  4. ^ World of Warcraft Comic #3 - Destiny Awaits
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j APG, 128
  6. ^ World of Warcraft Comic #13 - Flashback
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Stormrage, page 84
  8. ^ World of Warcraft Comic #13 - Flashback
  9. ^ a b W3Man, 47
  10. ^ DotD, 136
  11. ^ LoM, 74
  12. ^ WoWRPG, 39
  13. ^ a b Baxter, Rob; Scott Bennie, Bob Fitch, Bruce Graw, Luke Johnson, Seth Johnson. in Ellen P. Kiley: Magic and Mayhem: 57-8. ISBN 978-1588469540. 
  14. ^ Campbell, Tim; Bob Fitch, Bruce Graw, Luke Johnson, Seth Johnson. in Ellen P. Kiley: Shadows & Light: 134. ISBN 978-1588469731. 

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