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For the similarly named Alliance death knight, see Thassarian. For the similarly named dwarven family, see Thaurissan.

Thalassian is the primary language of blood elves and high elves[1] (and by extension, of the void elves). It has both written and spoken equivalents. Individuals who are unfamiliar with the language's proper name may refer to it as high elven.

Like Nazja, Thalassian is derived from the Darnassian language.[1] The elder tongue is almost forgotten.[2] Hence, Thalassian is closely related to Darnassian and there is some overlap between the two languages. Further Darnassian utterances may therefore have been preserved in modern Thalassian.[1]

So far, linguistic scholars have opted to err on the side of caution in documenting Darnassian terms and phrases that are also considered part of the Thalassian language. Certainly this issue, however delicate, merits further research. Nevertheless, addressing a high elf or blood elf with a Darnassian-specific word or phrase can be considered offensive or at the very least rather foolish, and so the speaker must handle the situation with care.[1]

This is one of the four known elven dialects.[3]

The Lament of the Highborne and the Canticle of Sacrifice are two songs in Thalassian.

In-game, void elves and blood elves (as well as Horde mages who possess the [Arcane Linguist] ability) can speak cross-faction using Thalassian. This is the third language capable of cross-faction communication, after Pandaren and Demonic.

Thalassian primer (official translations)

Here are a few common Thalassian phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by Blizzard:

  • Alar'annalas = Ranger Lord.[4]
  • Al diel shala = Safe travels.[1]
  • Ama noral'arkhana = Saved by magic. [5]
  • Anar'alah = By the light.[6]
  • Anar'alah belore = By the light of the sun.[1]
  • Anaria shola = Speak your business.[1]
  • Anar'endal dracon = By the breath of the dragon.[7][8]
  • Ann'da = Papa/Father.[9]
  • Anu belore dela'na = The sun guides us.[1]
  • Aranal = Rise.[10]
  • Bal'a dash, malanore = Greetings, traveler.[1]
  • Ban'dinoriel = Gatekeeper.[11]
  • Band'or shorel'aran — (Roughly) "Prepare to say farewell", spoken by Commander Sarannis, officially translated in the Chinese version of WoW.
  • Bash'a no falor talah! = Taste the chill of true death!,[1] Sylvanas Windrunner (WC3)
  • Belono sil'aru, belore'dorei = Shoulder your burdens well, child of the sun. Used to end the appointing ceremony of a ranger lord of the Farstriders.[4]
  • Belore = The sun, though can mean to uncover something hidden or unknown if used in Darnassian.[6]
  • Doral ana'diel? = How fare you?[1]
  • Elor bindel felallan morin'aminor = Sleep forever in quiet serenity.[12]
  • Elu'meniel mal alann = May peace calm your heart.[13]
  •  [Felo'melorn] = Flamestrike.[14]
  • Kim'jael = Little rat.[15]
  • Medivh = Keeper of Secrets.[1][16][17]
  • Minn'da = Mama/Mother.[9]
  • Quel'dorei = Children of noble birth,[18][19] or the high elves.[18][20][21]
  • Quel'Serrar = High Blade.[22]
  • Quel'Thalas = High Home.[23]
  • Rea = And.[24] Used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences, that are to be taken jointly.
  • Ren'dorei = Children of the Void.[25]
  • Selama ashal'anore = Justice for our people.[1]
  • Shindu fallah na! = They're breaking through![1]
  • Shorel'aran = Farewell.[1]
  • Sin'dorei = Children of the blood. This could also be interpreted as "people of the bloodline", referring to the continuation of the line of the Highborne.[1]
  • Sinu a'manore = Well met.[1]
  • Sunstrider = He who walks the day.[1]
  • Tal anu'men no Sin'dorei = Death to all who oppose the children of the blood, said by High Astromancer Solarian in Tempest Keep.[26]
  • Thas'alah = Light of the Forest.[27]
  • Thas'dorah = Valor of the Forest.
  • Vendel'o eranu = Help me forget.[28][29]

Untranslated words or phrases

Thalassian 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.

Thalassian word parser

This is the list of words created by the in-game language parser for the Thalassian language, and is listed as language number ten (word range 800-901) in the Language text file.

In the in-game translator, the language parser for Thalassian shares similar words with the Darnassian parser.

Note: The language algorithm used by the in-game "translator" merely makes the words look like Thalassian. It does not actually translate words. Therefore, translated in-game speech isn't truly Thalassian.

Number of letters in word Word List
One-letter words A, N, I, O, E, D
Two-letter words Da, Lo, An, Ni, Al, Do, Ri, Su, No
Three-letter words Ano, Dur, Tal, Nei, Ash, Dor, Anu, Fal, Tur, Ala, Nor, Osa
Four-letter words Alah, Andu, Dath, Mush, Shar, Thus, Fulo, Aman, Diel, Dieb, Rini, Anar
Five-letter words Talah, Adore, Ishnu, Bandu, Balah, Fandu, Thera, Turus, Shari, Shano, Terro, Eburi
Six-letter words Dorini, Shando, Ethala, Fallah, Belore, Do'rah, Neph'o, Man'ar, Ishura, U'phol, T'as'e
Seven-letter words Asto're, Anoduna, Alah'ni, Dor'Ano, Al'shar, Mush'al, Aman'ni, Shan're
Eight-letter words Mandalas, Eraburis, Dorithur, Dal'dieb, Thoribas, D'ana'no, Il'amare
Nine-letter words Neph'anis, Dune'adah, Banthalos, Fala'andu, Dath'anar, Shari'fal, Thori'dal
Ten-letter words Thero'shan, Isera'duna, Ash'therod, Dorados'no, Shar'adore
Eleven-letter words Fandu'talah, Shari'adune
Twelve-letter words Dor'ana'badu, T'ase'mushal
Thirteen-letter words U'phol'belore
Fourteen-letter words Turus'il'amare, Anu'dorannador
Fifteen-letter words Asto're'dunadah
Sixteen-letter words Shindu'fallah'na
Seventeen-letter words Thoribas'no'thera, Ando'meth'derador, Anu'dorinni'talah, Esh'thero'mannash

Translations speculation

For fan translations see Thalassian (speculation).

Darnassian vs. Thalassian speculation

Of note, Kael'thas greeted Tyrande and Maiev with "Ishnu'Alah" when they met in the Plaguelands. This may mean that some of the words still have the same meaning in both languages, or that some phrases have, over thousands of years, lost their offensive implications in their respective languages.

History speculation

After the high elves were exiled from Kalimdor by the night elves, they set up in the Eastern Kingdoms. There, they lived for millennia, cultivating their culture and their magic. Because of their long life spans, Thalassian, as they called their language, still retains parts of the old language. In fact, it is possible that Thalassian is not therefore a separate language, and is merely a dialect of Darnassian. Even if this were the case, however, the two languages would still not be mutually intelligible.

Thalassian outside the Warcraft universe

Thalass- is Greek for sea or ocean. During the Second War, Elven warships played an integral part in the Alliance's naval power.

An award-winning song from the 2007 Blizzcon Song Contest was "Belore Shala Diel", sung in Thalassian and English, by Phillip Presswood (Xalea).


In the RPG

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High elven names

The past is a burden to the high elves, yet they maintain naming rituals that are millennia old. Many of the names of elven priests and heroes have become the names used for elves in modern times. The high elves share a connection with the sun that is quite prevalent in their choice of family names.

  • Male Names: Mariel, Athaniar, Anandor, Tharama, Viridiel, Malanior.
  • Female Names: Anarial, Freja, Driana, Coria, Alanassori, Melanion, Azshara.
  • Family Names: Boughstrider, Dawnblade, Lightbringer, Morningray, Suntreader.[32]


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