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Dwarvish is the native tongue of dwarves considered one of the older languages, although it has become more of a second language for them. It's characterized by a large proportion of curses and swears.[1]

Through the centuries, dwarves came to be so assimilated into human civilization and convinced about the harmfulness of chauvinism and the manifestation of otherness displayed so proudly by elves, that they use Common Speech not only when talking to humans, but even among themselves. Their youth barely knows Dwarvish and uses it very reluctantly.[2]

Dwarvish words are written in the dwarven ideograms.[1]

Dictionary

Dwarven Speech English
ballet knave
drekthag[3] direct translation unknown; a year-long rite of passage during adolescence
duvvel devil, sylvan
freie[4] free (From German: frei)
hraval king
sheyss shit (From German: Scheiß)
stadt[4] city, town (From German: Stadt)
sihill sihil
vaina lady

Names

Dwarven Speech English
Bloëmenmagde Flower Maiden (From German: Blumen meaning flowers, Magd meaning maiden)
Ocvist Staring Eye

Phrases

Dwarven Speech English
Duvvel hoael Devil take it
Duvvelsheyss Devil shit

Notes

  • In an interview, Andrzej Sapkowski confirmed most of his dwarven words are based on German.[5]
    • In Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni, developers took this absolutely and elaborated by stating that Dwarvish also somewhat resembles Old Norman and Old High German.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Last Wish
  2. Nie bądź, kurwa, taki Geralt
  3. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
  5. Twój wywiad
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