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The Pantheonic Mandala of the Wood Elves, featuring Fan-Eltharin runes
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Fan-Eltharin is the language of the Asrai (Wood Elves). It is a dialect of Eltharin.

Overview

Little is known about this tongue, although it is known that the language has changed much over the millennia because the Asrai have spent all that time in isolation in Athel Loren in the Old World, far from Ulthuan. Fan-Eltharin has grown to resemble the Asrai themselves in their inextricable link with the magical forest. Asrai never speak Fan-Eltharin in front of outsiders, (and the Asrai speaking to outsiders is a rare occurrence in itself) preferring instead to speak in the native tongue of the member of the race they are talking to. All Elves have a natural affinity for language so this is not a difficult feat.

Writing

The written form of Fan-Eltharin features swirling, spiralling runes which differ greatly from the clear, elegant runes of Tar-Eltharin (spoken by the Asur or High Elves) or the sharp, aggressive, criss-crossing angular runes of Druhir, spoken by the Druchii (Dark Elves). Like all Elven writing, it is extremely hard for foreigners to read as runes seem to flow across the page and change shape.

We know the name of one Fan-Eltharin rune: Astian - Eternal struggle against Chaos. Appears similar to the real world symbol for infinity ∞. A stylised version of this rune is worn by all Eternal Guard.[1]

In addition, the Asrai have a rune to represent Kurnous and Isha together, as well as one for each member of the Elven pantheon, and one for the Ancients.

Fan-Eltharin dictionary

This is a dictionary of Fan-Eltharin words and phrases. There may be some overlap with Tar-Eltharin, as the two languages are closely related.

Word Meaning Source
Arahain Scout Kindred. From the Eltharin Arhain. meaning shadows, night, stealth and perfidiousness. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 68
Athel Forest Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Auryaur Wild Rider Kindred. From the Eltharin Oriour meaning blood and birth. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 68
Caellin Dreaming Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Caidath Wardancer Kindred. From the Eltharin root Cadaith meaning grace, power, music of the stars. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 66
Cromarc Heath Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Cythral The Wildwood. Possibly from the same root as the Eltharin Cytharai. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Edri A tree, an oak tree Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Edryl A glade or natural clearing Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Eternos Ages, time Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Ethris Yl Idrion The Maker's Tears. A phrase inscribed on the flint arrows carried by members of the Glade Guard. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 41
Haroith Younger Kindred. From the Eltharin root Harathoi meaning youth, boundless energy, jealousy. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 29
Kel-Isha Spellsinger Kindreds. From the Eltharin root Quyl-Isha meaning the tears of Isha, sorry, mercy, endurance and mourning for lost children. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 21
Koiran King. Possibly from the same root as the Druchii name "Kouran." Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Laith-Kourn Alter Kindred. From the Eltharin root Lathain meaning storm, wrath and gently falling rain which brings eternal sleep; as well as the name of Kurnous. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 68
Lakoys Warrior Kindred. From the Eltharin root Lacoi meaning might, glory and fear of death. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 23
Nymraif Waywatcher Kindred. From the Eltharin Minaith meaning skill in arms, spirituality, or the lost way. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 68
Sehenlu Glade Rider Kindred. From the Eltharin root Senlui meaning swiftness and accuracy. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 30
Sethayla Windrider Kindred. From the Eltharin root Sethai meaning flight, wind, cry in the far mountains. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 28
Talu Vengeance Kindred. From the Eltharin root Thalui meaning hatred or vegeance. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 31
Wyldyr Wild Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Yenayla Glamourweave Kindred. From the Elthrarin Yenlui meaning balance, harmony and chaos. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (6th Edition), pg. 68
Yn, Yl The Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Yn Edri Eternos The Oak of Ages Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Yn Cromarc Wyldyr The Wild Heath. Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8
Ystin Temple, shrine Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition), pg. 8

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