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Skyward Sword Ancient Hylian - Font

By Sarinilli
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July 08 2014: Here we go again with fixes and updates... sorry guys, I keep doing this to you! I went and fixed some issues in ALL my fonts. Enjoy!

"Alphabet existing from the reign of the goddess Hylia. It can be seen in various locations such as in Skyloft and the pedestal of the Goddess’ Sword where it is enshrined. This ancient text can not be translated."

...Until now!

It's finally here! The complete Skyward Sword Hylian Alphabet, and as a font to boot!

All characters are assigned accordingly, even J, Q and X which had previously eluded readability.

In light of Hyrule Historia claiming that the alphabet was "too ancient to translate", the small text in the Lanayru images in fact were hiding the full alphabet, right under our noses.

--- Here's an image showing how to see the alphabet in game:… ---

This is free for personall use. It is also free to upload elsewhere so long as credit for the font creation is given. A link back would be nice, too. ;3

If you want to read my story about how this started, and ended... my blog post is here:…

Info & FAQS:

You'll need to unzip the archive before you can install the font. I recommend using 7-Zip:
* Font installation on windows: Drag & drop the font file into the C:WINDOWSFonts folder, or double click to open the font file and click the "install" button.
* Font installation on a mac: place the font file in the Home Folder > Library > Font Folder

Q: Some of the letters are using the same character, is it supposed to be this way?
A: Yes. The alphabet used throughout the game has some of the characters doubling as more than one letter. The doubled ones are supposed to be that way, and are as follows:
D & W - E & K - G & Q - I & X - O & Z - P & T

Update: 11:30am MST on 3 Jan 2012:
Anyone who had trouble with the font not showing up in certain programs should redownload the zip file. I got help from a friend and found out that apparently the first upload got broken somehow. Go figure. SO sorry for the trouble! It should work just fine now for everyone.

You will need an unzipping tool like 7zip or WinRar to open the archive.

The news of this font has made it from my little hidey hole over on Zelda Universe…, all the way to sites like Kotaku… , ScrewAttack… , and even IGN's UK site… .

You guys have no idea how shocked and happy I am to see this spread so quickly. Thank you all. ♥

Please forgive me if I don't reply to every comment or thank everyone who favourites this. I am reading the messages, but it's a bit overwhelming to try and keep up with. Thanks go out to everyone who views, favs, downloads and comments. ♥

Update! Feb. 13th 2012:'s "6 Pop Culture Mysteries That Were Solved by Fans" has listed my work and font here as number 4. Thanks guys! Article here:…

Please remember like all of my fonts, this IS free for personal use only*, and I prefer requests for permission before allowing any outside hosting.
  • My "made for an official alphabet" Zelda fonts technically still belong to Nintendo so I HIGHLY recommend against using them for profit!
  • cannot be held responsible if you use this font inappropriately. For your own sake and safety, you have been warned.

Otherwise... I hope everyone enjoys this font! ♥
© 2012 - 2021 Sarinilli
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Enalos-Loqia's avatar
It isn't just for Skyward Sword, it's also in Breath of the Wild (Although, there is more than one script of Hylian in it. I'm trying to find a translation for those Sheikah slate runes though, by that, I mean the runified scripting that appears on the broken features and stuff, I've seen a rune on a wall before, more than once, but I don't think I've seen the same rune at two different walls. Think you can translate the runes?) along with Modern Hylian [Syllabary].

(((Try not to look through Omniglot for a script that looks similar to it, I've already wasted too much of my time doing that, I'm not joking, I'd pulled an all-nighter. Not just looking for the script (Yes, I had been wasting quite a lot of time trying to)...)))
Sarinilli's avatar
Yes well, Skyward Sword introduced it, and was out years prior- as was this font. It's also in Link Between Worlds, though they altered it for that game.
As for the Sheikah glyphs/runes, check my fonts, got that one as well. :3
Enalos-Loqia's avatar
((If you look closely at the signs, they have the Skyward Sword Ancient Hylian script))
abcaballero93's avatar
I used your font to make this artwork:

Simon #2 by abcaballero93  

Thanks for giving me the inspiration i needed and keep providing amazing fonts like that. +fav 
Sarinilli's avatar
But the letters 'K' and 'E' are the same symbol.

EDIT: never mind. Just read your post about the double symbles. BTW, i'm making a fanfic and i'm using these symbols to engrave a sword in Photoshop. ill be sure to credit you.
BrandonHopkins1997's avatar
There is a font on the image from Tri Force Heroes where three Links playing their 3DS in a totem. One of the Links (particuliarly Red Link) saying "Over here!" in this game should be at Zelda Wiki's page:…
Sarinilli's avatar
O..kay? Sorry, I'm not totally sure what you mean.. though it looks very much like Arial Black or an extra bold Verdana, if you're looking to use something something similar and were wondering.

If I'm assuming right, though... I'm not actually a mod on Zelda Wiki, or in control of what goes up there, save the section for my Hylian Language Project; but that's dedicated to my language, not fonts in general.
If you want to see the font found and put up on the wiki or Zelda Universe or something, you're much better off talking to one of the mods or admins of the site(s). :3
does it exist any voicefiles showing how to pronounce any words in Hylian? I'm going to learn the language, and that would have been so helpfull, i would REALLY appreciate it if anyone came up with that sort of help ;) 
Sarinilli's avatar
One of the things I've really wanted to do once I get more vocabulary fixed up again (you wouldn't believe the mess I have stashed away still lol!), is making video/audio lessons to put up on youtube. Trust me, once I get that far, I'll be putting a journal post up here on DA with a link to the first one. :3
toonlink1's avatar
So, I kinda wanna use this font for a tattoo idea of mine, if I do I'll be sure to credit you!
Sarinilli's avatar
Go for it! This version of the alphabet is the "official" version anyway (I say it that way since it IS, but even to this day all we have officially released is the note about it in Hyrule Historia lol), so I don't own the alphabet. I'd sooner see people use the font for something like a tattoo though, for sure! If it's going to be permanent it should look good, right? ^_^
LadyHeartcontainer's avatar
I used your font for my comic. Thanks for doing this, it's great! ^^
Used here
Sarinilli's avatar
Awesome! Thanks for the link ^_^
Azure-Rose-Cosplay's avatar
I can't remember if I posted these in the comments or not but I used your font to write the Ballad of the Goddess onto some bracelets for my Skyloft Zelda. Better pictures will eventually make their way to dA but for now it's just on Facebook. Thank you so much for making this font.…
Sarinilli's avatar
Nice! :3 might want to change the description on there.. I made the font, yes, but this version of the alphabet is actually in Skyward Sword; the script/alphabet isn't fan made, it's the official Hylian alphabet in game as opposed to my language adaption/expansion of the alphabet. :3
Azure-Rose-Cosplay's avatar
Updated the description on the photo. :) Thanks again!
Sarinilli's avatar
You're welcome! ^_^
keniakittykat's avatar
Hey, I used your font as a placeholder font in my book preview:…

Sarinilli's avatar
Awesome! :D
Glad you found a use for it; and it looks awesome so far! ^_^
how do I download it cx
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