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Dwarven, or Dwarvish, is the primary language of the Dwarves. Dwarves originally did not have a written language, instead passing their knowledge down through oral tradition. Humans taught dwarves how to write in Common, which was much simpler and easier than runes; and over the years, the dwarves altered the language into their own design. Dwarven looks like a weird hybrid of Titan glyphs and human letters.[1] (APG 140)

In World of Warcraft, the Dwarven language is listed as Dwarven under the Dwarf skill list, and Dwarvish in chat mode.[citation needed]

Dwarven Primer (official translations)

Here are a few Dwarven phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by Blizzard, or have real world translations;

Dwarven Names

In dwarven culture, family names often indicate clan names as well. They are lesser clans within one of the three main dwarven cultures. Some family names are derived from names of honor earned through some feat, which replace the family's true name. For example, Falstad Dragonreaver's real name is Falstad Wildhammer. This shows that the new name could be passed on to their descendants, depending on the choice of the individual.[1] (APG 168) Another example would be the members of "Thunderaxe", who joined the Dark Iron clan during the War of the Three Hammers, taking on the name "Pikesplitter".[8] (LoC 131)

Ironforge Dwarves

Dwarves typically have names reflecting the sturdy nature of their past. Many also have surnames that were earned by a member of the family in service during a quest or in a particular moment of notoriety or infamy that has now become part of a family legacy.

  • Male Names: Barab, Aradun, Thorin, Magni, Garrim, Wendel, Thurimar.
  • Female Names: Chise, Helge, Ferya, Furga, Krona, Imli.
  • Family Names: Thunderforge, Bronzebeard, Hammergrim, Thornsteel, Chunderstout.

[10] (WoWRPG 34)

Wildhammer Dwarves

Wildhammers follow many of the same naming conventions as their Ironforge brethren, taking names that reflect noble ancestors. Wildhammer surnames recall great accomplishments of family members and clans.

  • Male Names: Kazdun, Hagrim, Dondar, Soldrin.
  • Female Names: Kella, Lorim, Ar-ya, Senica.
  • Family Names: Beastclaw, Greatbeard, Thundertamer, Windseer.

[1] (APG 7)

Untranslated Dwarven Names

  • Angor — Dark Iron fortress in the Badlands.
  • Baradin — A bay in western Wetlands.
  • Bael'dun — Dwarven digsites in the Barrens and Mulgore.
  • Dun Algaz — Dwarven pass from Loch Modan to Wetlands.
  • Dun Baldar — Dwarven base camp in Alterac Valley.
  • Dun Garok — Dwarven fortress in Hillsbrad Foothills.
  • Dun Mandarr — A cave in Winterspring.
  • Dun Modr — Former dwarven fortress in northern Wetlands.
  • Dun Morogh — Dwarven highlands in central Khaz Modan.
  • Gol'Bolar — A quarry in southern Dun Morogh.
  • Grim Batol — A former dwarf stronghold in eastern Wetlands.
  • Kharanos — A dwarven town in central Dun Morogh.
  • Thandol — The dwarven bridge connecting Khaz Modan to Lordaeron
  • Thelgen — A cave in southern Wetlands.
  • Thelsamar — A dwarven town in southwestern Loch Modan.
  • Thor Modan — A dwarven settlement in Northrend.

Selected Dwarven words (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 "Dwarvish" language, and is listed as language number six (word range 204-314, 1236) in the Language text file.

In the in-game translator, the language parser for Dwarvish shares similar words to Gnomish.

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

Number of letters in word Word List
One-letter words A
Two-letter words Am, Ga, Go, Ke, Lo, Ok, Ta, Um, We, Zu
Three-letter words Ahz, Dum, Dun, Eft, Gar, Gor, Hor, Kha, Mok, Mos, Red, Ruk
Four-letter words Gear, Gosh, Grum, Guma, Helm, Hine, Hoga, Hrim, Khaz, Kost, Loch, Modr, Rand, Rune, Thon
Five-letter words Algaz, Angor, Dagum, Frean, Gimil, Goten, Havar, Havas, Mitta, Modan, Modor, Scyld, Skalf, Thros, Weard
Six-letter words Bergum, Drugan, Farode, Haldir, Haldji, Modgud, Modoss, Mogoth, Robush, Rugosh, Skolde, Syddan
Seven-letter words Dun-fel, Ganrokh, Geardum, Godkend, Haldren, Havagun, Kaelsag, Kost-um, Mok-kha, Thorneb, Zu-Modr
Eight-letter words Azregahn, Gefrunon, Golganar, Khaz-dum, Khazrega, Misfaran, Mogodune, Moth-tur, Ok-Hoga, Thulmane
Nine-letter words Ahz-Dagum, Angor-dum, Arad-Khaz, Gor-skalf, Grum-mana, Khaz-rand, Kost-Guma, Mund-helm
Ten-letter words Angor-Magi, Gar-Mogoth, Hoga-Modan, Midd-Havas, Nagga-roth, Thros-gare
Eleven-letter words Azgol-haman, Dun-haldren, Ge'ar-anvil, Guma-syddan
Twelve-letter words Robush-mogan, Thros-am-Kha
Thirteen-letter words Gimil-thumane, Gol'gethrunon, Haldji-drugan
Fourteen-letter words Gosh-algaz-dun, Scyld-modor-ok
Fifteen-letter words -
Sixteen-letter words -
Seventeen-letter words Haldren-Lo-Modoss

Word List (speculation)

Dwarven text seems to be heavily pseudo-Old English, or pseudo-Germanic tongue of the Anglo-Saxons, and Scottish.

In other material

Dwarven has been the name for the languages of dwarves in many fantasy settings, including Lord of the Rings and Dragon Age. It is also one of the standard languages in Dungeons and Dragons. The Dwarves of the Elder Scrolls are primarily known as the Dwemer, and their language is referred to as Dwemeris; Dwemeris shares many common characteristics with the Dwarven language of World of Warcraft, along with the Dwarven language in Lord of the Rings, Dragon Age and Dungeons and Dragons. [3]

  1. ^ a b c d e APG, 140
  2. ^ WRPG, 190
  3. ^ A&HC, 55
  4. ^ a b c NotD, 109
  5. ^ LG, 36
  6. ^ ToD, 362
  7. ^ S&L, 119
  8. ^ a b LoC, 19
  9. ^ CoH, 129, 148
  10. ^ WoWRPG, 34