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Can you read it?

Cracked recently posted a list of 6 Pop Culture Mysteries That Were Solved by Fans, and coming in at number four is Zelda Universe forum member Sarinilli having cracked Skyward Sword’s alphabet and turned it into a font.

For those unfamiliar with the story, fans ran into a snag and were unable to break the code. And then Hyrule Historia made the prospect seem even more daunting with its cryptic passage about this version of the Hyrule language: “Since they’re so ancient, they can not be deciphered.”

However Sarinilli discovered the answer was right in front of our faces: a sign in the Lanayru Province is simply the alphabet A-Z formatted slightly strangely to put off obvious detection.

Fans have since translated instances of this newest Hylian to read signs and such around the land, only to find out that they read as: “You can read this” and other such obvious statements.

So congrats to Sarinilli for being mentioned on Cracked, and thanks again for cracking that alphabet for us!

Source: Cracked

  • RobertStyx

    Slow news day ZU?

    • Craig

      This is news… You're just odd.

  • alex

    Slightly obnoxious since this mystery had been solved months before at ZI, but whatever.

    • Sarinilli

      Actually, it wasn't. I was keeping track of their work there as I worked on it myself. They were just as stumped by a couple characters as everyone else. Check your facts before posting rude and inaccurate commentary, thanks. :3

      • Daniel G.

        Ha, good show my friend. This subject fascinates me terribly.

  • Dark-Triforce

    yeah! another version of translatable hylian! :)

  • Chloe

    So, we fans of Zelda, and Nintendo, took all the time to translate Hilyan, and all it says is "You can read this", Wow.

  • Fizz

    Given that the signs all use the same text, it makes sense that they just say something like "read me" or whatever. Its the same for every game. There's plenty of text in the game that ISN'T gibberish, but its still just simple words, just like it was with Twilight Princess as its based on English, and obviously Zelda games are made in Japan by Japanese people.

    They need to go back to using Japanese based Hylian to have more interesting Hylian to translate, but even then the text has always been fairly simple stuff. TWW had the most interesting Hylian, by far.

  • ChainofTermina sucks. it's like South Park the website, all it does is dump on and make fun of………..EVERYTHING.

    • JesseDCrespo

      cracked is awesome… you suck =]

    • MiladyMidori

      That's kind of the point.

  • Doctor You

    You have my thanks, Sarinilli–I really admire you for dedicating your time like this! ^___^

  • Merq

    Yay, congrats Sarinilli! :)
    I love Cracked! It's an awesome site.