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The Elven Tongue

Words and Language of the Athasian Elf.

By: Neeva Barrens

I was looking through the Elves of Athas book and I paused on the Elven names and phrases. I noticed they actually fit together very well. I took the names and insults apart and came up with these elven words. My players use them to assemble names for their elf characters. My players have also been good enough to come up with their own words to throw into the mix. Here is the current vocabulary.

Modified Cover of Elves of Athas by Brom courtesy of WotC

Elven

Maieuu mumika, Mauutra ffaie,
Corannuguu Maieuu nikuuko, Mauta akotota,
Corannuhuu Maiee ni'kom, Masarguu fae, Corannutaa

Common

As we run to the horizon, our silver souls ring out, with Corannu's song.
As we run into battle, our blades steal death, with Corannu's fury.
As we dance in the Now, our music plays on, with Corannu's laughter.


Words
Art -- Vys
As -- Mai
Attack -- Ko
Battle -- Uko
Beast -- Ot
Break -- 'thuu
Bring -- Took
Bird -- Al
Bow -- It
Camp -- Uk
Catch -- Aako
Chase -- Aa
City -- Juk
Clear -- Uuto
Crap/Piss -- Guh
Crawl -- Huum
Dagger -- Aku
Dark -- No
Dance -- Ee
Die -- Ta
Doom -- Toja
Drink -- Ahh
Dweller -- Kete
Elf -- Raan
Fist -- An
Fire -- Hu
First -- Lob
Fighter -- Koti
Full -- Gee
Fury -- Huu
Gamble -- Fex
Glowworm -- Fehum
Hand -- Mut
Head -- Karit
Help -- Sab
Horizon -- Mika
Hunter -- Nu
Inside -- Ni
E'kom -- Later
Laugh -- Taa
Leap -- Kaa
Light -- He
Me -- Alb
Magic -- Sar
Metal -- Tra
Moon(oot) -- Ut
Night -- Utko
the Now -- 'kom
Orange -- Kar
Out -- Go
Pay -- Ake
Person -- Gee
Plant (Small) -- Ke
Plays -- Fae
Prepare -- Neek
Purchace -- Deek
Quiet -- Uuta
Ride -- Fe
Ring With Noise -- Aie
Run -- Uu
Sad -- Ba
Sand -- At
Short -- Da
Silt -- Ju
Sing -- Guu
Sky -- Ka
Slow -- To
Soul -- Ffa
Speak -- Po
Stalk -- Ra
Steal -- Ako
Stupid -- Too
Sucker -- Toge
Sun -- Mi
Sunlight -- Mihe
Swift -- Kuu
Sword -- Uta
Towords -- Ku
To Permit -- Man
Twilight -- Muut
Two -- Ha
Us -- Ie
Value -- Tuh
Water -- Bo
Way -- Air
Weapon -- Laan
Wild -- Ek
Wind -- Duk

Questions

La --Who
Le--What
Li--Where
Lo--Why
Lu--How

Prefixes and Suffixes

-dai :Signifies a Tribe
-ged :signifies a Tribe other than Elven
Ma- :signifies ownership " My "
Eetma- :Signifies ownership " Your "
Mu :Roughly Means 'at', goes at the beginning of sentence to point direction
E' :Less than
U' : Unwanted
Ud' Half of
A' : More than
Ad' : Twice than
De' : Negative
Be' :Positive

Compound Words

Gold (sun-metal)—Mitra
Silver (moon-metal)--Uutra
Races/Animals
dwarf (dwarven for dwarf)--dwarf
half-giant (twice than a human)--Ad'dato
halfling (half of a human)--Ud'dato
human (short and slow)--Dato
kank (beast-runner)—Otuuk
thri-kreen (hunter-beast)--Nuu'oT

Tribes

Clear Water-- Uutobol-dai
Night Runner-- Utkotuu-dai
Silt Stalker-- Jura-dai
Silver Hand-- Uutramut-dai
Sky Singer-- Koguu-dai
Swift Wing-- Kuualko-dai
Water Hunter-- Bonuu-dai
Wind Dancer-- Dukkee-dai

Names

Fire Dancer-Huee
Magic Hunter--Sarnu
Quiet Hunter--Uutanu
Sword Leaper --Utakaa
Wild Fighter--Ekoti

Phrases

City Dweller--Jukkete
Elf with no tribe--U'Raanu
Half-Elf--Ud'Raan
Kank Rider--Otuuk fe!
Less than an outsider --E'Gotii
Outsider(similar to 'out' and 'fighter'--Gotii
Snad Crawler-- Athuum
Swift as a human --Kuu Dato

Sentences

A dagger is worth more than sand.-- Aku a'tuh at.
Find the water. Now !-- Mubo nu. Lob !
Run! You kank-rider !-- Muotuuk fe uu!
The Night Runners are chasing us !-- Utkotuu-dai AAAAiiiiieeee!
This one's a sucker / easy mark ! -- Mugee toge.
Don't this one leave. -- Mugee deea.
Mug that one. -- Koako gee.
There is the outhouse ? ( Directly translated; Where is the crap camp?) -- Muguhuk li ?
Do you speak common ? -- Mupo common ?
Very stupid human ! -- Dato e'too !

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