The top image reads wan siluvas zeldam, or “The Legend of Zelda”.
UPDATE: Currently it should read wan siluvas zeldæ to be accurate, but I have yet to update the image.
This is the orthography for Archaic Hylian I’ve devised using the canon cipher/script from Skyward Sword. My Archaic Hylian is mostly contemporaneous with the events of Skyward Sword, so I had to apply the canonical script to my conlang.
Inexplicably, the script that Nintendo made has only 20 glyphs, so I had to get creative to fit AH’s 29 phonemes onto only 20 characters. The non-Hylian characters are all IPA; phonemes for all except long vowels, which are not phonemic.
The table on the left shows the bare alphabet. The pairs of phonemes /i/ and /j/ as well as /u/ and /w/ are each represented by a single glyph, which only rarely causes ambiguity in writing since hiatus is rare in AH.
The table on the right shows how the remaining sounds of Archaic Hylian are written: doubled letters add voice to consonants and doubled length to vowels, while the four diphthongs are written, top to bottom, <ai>, <æo>, <ei>, and <oi>.
Words are written with spaces between them.
*The starred letters are those whose value in the canonical English-based cipher are significantly different from the value I’ve assigned them for my purposes. At only 5/20, I consider that a success. In order, their canonical values are <j, b, v, d, g>.
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