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There are several languages among the populations and races of Thedas. Some have been lost with the passing of time and replaced by others.


  • Ander in the Anderfels
  • Antivan in Antiva
  • Ciriane, the language of the Ciriane tribe who first settled central Orlais.[1]
  • The common tongue, also referred as the King's Tongue or Trade tongue, was invented by the dwarves in order to trade with each other and later introduced to other races.[2][3] It's the dominant language in most human nations. It originates from the Alamarri.[4]
  • The dwarven language is no longer spoken in the present day. Only a few words and phrases remain in common usage.[2]
  • The elven language or Elvish[5] was largely lost when Elvhenan fell. In modern-day Thedas, elves speak the common tongue and only know few Elvish words (the Dalish know a few more and use them more frequently).
  • Qunlat, the Qunari language.
  • Orlesian in Orlais.[2][6] Most Orlesians are bilingual, this language is primarily spoken in isolated communities of marshmen.[7]
  • Rivaini in Rivain.
  • Tevene is the current language in the Tevinter Imperium. People who are not Tevinter usually call the language Tevinter.[8]
    • Ancient Tevene is the ancient and dead language of the Tevinter Imperium. The annums (annual holidays) in the Thedosian calendar use a high name from Ancient Tevene, and a low name (Trade tongue).[9]


  • In Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, the witch Yavana speaks in an unknown tongue to a High dragon. There is not further information about this language.[10]
  • Dwarven runes are used on signs by the dwarves as well as by the humans on the surface. In the latter case, they are used instead of the native language, as it is common for peasants to not be able to read.[11]
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The following characters, lore and events in this section are non-canon in Dragon Age and exist only within the Dragon Age tabletop RPG.

  • The 'common tongue' is the most common language of Ferelden.[12]
  • The Keepers are supposed to be the only ones who know the secret of writing the elven language.[6]


  • During the development on Dragon Age: Origins, BioWare hired a linguist (who went by the username "Beesechurger" on the old forum) to work on elven and Dwarven languages and phrases, but opted to use only some words or phrases.[13][14]



  1. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 74
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 BSN.png David Gaider (January 14, 2011). "The Official Fenris Discussion thread" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
  3. Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, Chapter 14
  4. Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol.1, p. 177
  5. Tamlen, for example, refers to the language as "Elvish" at the beginning of the Dalish Elf Origin in Dragon Age: Origins.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 1, p. 37
  7. Mentioned in dialogue by Cassandra Pentaghast.
  8. Twitter icon.png Mary Kirbyhttps://twitter.com/BioMaryKirby/status/228278495275515904 . Twitter.
  9. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 1, p. 14
  10. See here.
  11. Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 128
  12. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 1, p. 20
  13. BSN.png David Gaider (2010). "Writers of Dragon Age" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on June 6, 2012.
  14. BioWare old forums.png David Gaider[1] (archive). BioWare Forums (offline). Retrieved on June 6, 2012.