Old Hylian syllabary
The Hylian syllabary is a script used in the computer games,
Legend of Zelda, specifically the game The Legend of Zelda;
The Ocarina of time and The Legend of Zelda; Majora's Mask.
An unknown graphics artist developed the script for the Ninitendo games
for the purpose of writing signs and other written elements in the game
in its own unique script. Most of the translated signs are written in
Japanese which probably influenced the design of the script.
- The Script is a syllabic cipher code of the Japanese kana syllabaries
and consists of C and CV syllables.
- Unlike the kana syllabaries the script has no system of diacritcs
indicating voiced consonants, the are just written with the voiceless characters.
Similarly the Cy and double consonant combination (with 'tsu') are not graphically
distinguished by shrinking the y and tsu characters.
- The script is primarily written horizontally left to right, top to bottom,
but can also be reversed and written in the opposite direction: right to left with
the letters flipped horizontally.
- Some of the letters in the syllabary are related in shape and form to their
kana and romaji counterparts though most of the letters are uniquely designed.
- There are no spaces between words, only sentences.
Used to write
Hylian (Hairugo). A form of Japanese, spoken in the fictional
land of Hyrule.
Transliteration - Zeruda no Densetsu: Taimu no Okarina
Translation - The Legend of Zelda: the Ocarina of Time
The information on this page was put together by Greig Isles with additional
information from Pipian.
Download an Old hylian font (47K)
Information about the Hylian Language
Information about Skyward Sword - another Hylian script
Futurama Alien Alphabet,
Halo Covenant alphabet,
Hylian syllabary (Old),
Hylian syllabary (Modern),
Standard Galactic Alphabet,