April 18, 2014

Modern Words

After some recent discussions, the dictionary is now open for modern words. A new canon level has been set up specifically for these words. They can includes words such as "phone", "airplane", or "computer". At the moment, real-world names and places are not included. Check out the rewritten Contributor's Manual for more details and help us kick things off with the Jarl's Bounty below!

Looking For Something Particular?

With this addition, the dictionary and search pages are now filtered by canon level. This way you can filter out all modern words or all invented words if you'd like. Canon is the default setting. With an account you can permanently change this. I tried to make this as transparent as possible so non-members can still use the site as easily as before. If you have any feedback on this feature, comment below or send an email to admin@thuum.org!

Spring Cleaning

Another new addition is a "Suggest Revision" button on each word entry. You can now suggest revisions for invented words. Could a word's spelling be improved? Does it fit better in the Modern canon rather than the main language? Is there a canon word that could encompass its meaning instead? We have a lot of invented words and I think it would be great to go through them and see which we can cut or improve.

Thanks for reading! As always, you can direct site feedback to the Site Discussion Forum.

April 18, 2014

The Jarl's Bounty is a list of English words we don't have Dovahzul translations for yet. Submit a word and make it on the list! Each new word will reward you with  15 gold! Everyone is allowed up to 3 words per list. This particular word list is of modern words. Remember, modern words must use existing non-canon or above words as a root. Good luck! The words are:

Poll: Modern Words

April 8, 2014

Thus far we have worked with the language along the guidelines of remaining anchored to The Elder Scrolls universe. Discussions have come and gone regarding the inclusion of "modern words", or words outside of The Elder Scrolls. I'm now bringing it to the front page so we can get the most input.

The most recent idea is to create a new canon level that would be used for modern words to separate them from the rest of the dictionary. On top of this, I'd also like to offer the possibility of a user setting where users can hide modern words from the dictionary. This could also extend to invented words in general so someone could have a canon-only site experience if they wanted. If this feature were to happen, how would it affect your opinion of modern words?

Vote and join the discussion here or feel free to leave a reply in the comments. Pruzah tinvaak!

Update: Also, join the discussion on which modern words will be allowed and how to make them here.

Dovahzul Book Contest Winners

March 9, 2014

Our current contest has come to a close and the winners have been selected. Thanks to everyone who participated! This was a highly challenging prompt, and you all submitted great work. Check out all of the winning entries here! They include:

Happy reading!


Dovahzul Book Contest

February 18, 2014

Skyrim is a land furnished with goblets, daggers stabbed into tables, and books. Lots of books. Previous contests have had us writing haiku and Word Walls. This time we’re going to sink our teeth into something more involved! Your challenge is to write a book either in Dovahzul or about Dovahzul modeled after the ones found in The Elder Scrolls games.

Winning entries will be featured in a collection here in the Library. You don’t need to be a member to enter, but if you are there’s a ​ 120 gold prize for the top 3 entries. We’re also hoping to make winning entries into a mod of books that can be used in-game!

Need inspiration for ideas? Here are a few that would be exactly like what we’re looking for:

  • Incantations from a Dragon Priest’s rituals.
  • An Imperial scholar’s analysis on tense in the dragon language.
  • A Nordic folk tale written in Dovahzul.
  • A Greybeard’s meditations on Words of Power.

Furthermore, here are some tips for success:

  • Use the translator as a starting point, but not as an end point. Double-check that all of your words have translations! If not find, a close synonym.
  • Canon first! Try to write in a way that includes as many canon words as possible.
  • Be brief! Channel your inner dovah and use the power of individual words and context to your advantage.
  • If you're having trouble coming up with names, give this name list a try.

Contest Entry Guidelines

Entries should be no longer than 1,500 words in length. Your entry should be written in Dovahzul (all or partially) or be about Dovahzul in some way. Ideal entries are in-universe and lore-friendly. Dovahzul can be written in-alphabet or in the Roman alphabet. No translation is required for entries written in Dovahzul, but provide any notes you think might be helpful for reading.

Please send your entry as attachment in an email to admin@thuum.org with the subject line: Dovahzul Book Contest – your name. Word documents would be preferable. In this email, please provide:

  • The title of your book
  • The fictional "author" of your book, if applicable
  • Your attached contest entry
  • The name, pen name, username, or blog url you would like attributed to your entry

A challenge as monumentous as this requires time! This contest will be open for entries all the way until Friday, March 7th. Pruzah pel, happy writing!