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This page is an index of glyphs used on Roshar.

Glyphs[edit]

The following is a list of all known glyphs.

Fundamental Glyphs[edit]

The Fundamental Glyphs are associated with the Ten Essences, the Heralds, and the orders of the Knights Radiant.

Glyphs Word Meaning Notes
Jeseh glyph.svg Herald Glyph Jezrien.svg Jeseh Zephyr, Jezrien, Windrunners [1]
Skybreakers glyph.svg Herald Glyph Nalan.svg Nan Vapor, Nale, Skybreakers [1]
Dustbringers glyph.svg Herald Glyph Chanarach.svg Chach Spark, Chanarach, Dustbringers [1]
Edgedancers glyph.svg Vev Lucentia, Vedel, Edgedancers [1]
Truthwatchers glyph.svg Palah Pulp, Pailiah, Truthwatchers [1]
Shash glyph.svg Herald Glyph Shalash.svg Shash Blood, Shalash, Lightweavers [1]
Beteb glyph.svg Herald Glyph Betab.svg Beteb Tallow, Battar, Elsecallers [1]
Willshapers glyph.svg Herald Glyph Kalak.svg Kak Foil, Kalak, Willshapers [1]
Stonewards glyph.svg Herald Glyph Taln.svg Tanat Talus, Talenel, Stonewards [1]
Ishi glyph.svg Herald Glyph Ishi.svg Ishi Sinew, Ishar, Bondsmiths [1]

Surges[edit]

Glyphs of the ten Surges associated with Surgebinding.

Glyph Word Meaning Notes
Adhesion Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Adhesion [1]
Gravitation Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Gravitation [1]
Division Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Division [1]
Abrasion Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Abrasion [1]
Progression Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Progression [1]
Illumination Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Illumination [1]
Transformation Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Transformation [1]
Transportation Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Transportation [1]
Cohesion Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Cohesion [1]
Tension Surge-glyph.svg unknown Surge of Tension [1]

Voidbinding Chart Major Glyphs[edit]

The following glyphs, from the Voidbinding chart, are analogous to the Fundamental Glyphs on the Surgebinding chart.

Glyph Word Meaning Notes
Voidbinding Glyph 1.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to jeseh glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 2.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to nan glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 3.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to chach glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 4.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to vev glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 5.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to palah glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2] Bears significant resemblance to File:Roshar Glyph.png.
Voidbinding Glyph 6.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to shash glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 7.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to beteb glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 8.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to kak glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 9.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to tanat glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]
Voidbinding Glyph 10.svg unknown unknown Location corresponds to ishi glyph on the Surgebinding chart.[2]

Voidbinding Chart Minor Glyphs[edit]

The following glyphs, from the Voidbinding chart, are analogous to the Surges on the Surgebinding chart. They appear to be rotationally symmetrical versions of the Surge glyphs.

Glyph Word Meaning Notes
Adhesion Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Adhesion glyph.[2]
Gravitation Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Gravitation glyph.[2]
Division Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Division glyph.[2]
Abrasion Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Abrasion glyph.[2]
Progression Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Progression glyph.[2]
Illumination Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Illumination glyph.[2]
Transformation Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Transformation glyph.[2]
Transportation Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Transportation glyph.[2]
Cohesion Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Cohesion glyph.[2]
Tension Void-glyph.svg unknown unknown Rotationally symmetrical version of the Tension glyph.[2]

Alethi Highprinces[edit]

The following glyphs are associated with the Alethi highprinces.

Glyph Meaning Notes
Glyph-Aladar.svg Highprince Aladar [3]
Glyph-Bethab.svg Highprince Bethab [3]
Glyph-Hatham.svg Highprince Hatham [3]
Glyph-Kholin.svg Highprince Dalinar Kholin [3] Rendered in the Bridge Four tattoo as File:Kholin.svg.
Glyph-Roion.svg Highprince Roion [3]
Glyph-Ruthar.svg Highprince Ruthar [3]
Glyph-Sadeas.svg Highprince Torol Sadeas [3]
Glyph-Sebarial.svg Highprince Sebarial [3]
Glyph-Thanadal.svg Highprince Thanadal Thanadal was originally named Yankler, and the glyph is constructed with those phonemes.[3]
Glyph-Vamah.svg Highprince Vamah [3]

Other Glyphs[edit]

Other known glyphs are listed below in alphabetical order.

Glyph Word Meaning Notes
Abara.svg Abara Family [4]
unknown Adoda Light Used in Adolin Kholin's name.[5]
Amaya.svg Amaya Days [6]
Bakhash.svg Bakhash Seek [6]
Gesheh.svg Gesheh Bridge [7]
unknown Idi unknown Used along with parap and shenesh to represent "Parshendi" in Stormwarden script.[8]
Javani.svg Javani Life [9]
Kadulek.svg Kadulek Weakness [9]
Kalak.svg Kalak Eternal [9] Note: kalad on the Alethi Glyphs page is a typo.[4]
Katef.svg Katef Strength [9]
Kecheh.svg Kecheh High [9]
Khakh (glyph).svg Khakh Determination Used with merem in Amaram's glyphpair.[10][4]
Khokh.svg Khokh unknown Shown here in the shape of a tower, as used in Dalinar Kholin's glyphpair.[11] Elhokar Kholin uses the glyph stylized as a sword.[12] Note: the descriptions of khokh and linil in The Way of Kings chapter 28 are mixed up.[13]
Markhazh.svg Markhazh Center [6]
unknown Laial unknown Used with sebes in Sebarial's glyphpair.[14]
unknown Lerel unknown Used with shesh in Sheler's glyphpair.[15]
Linil.svg Linil unknown Shown here in the shape of a crown, as used in Dalinar Kholin's glyphpair.[11] Note: the descriptions of khokh and linil in The Way of Kings chapter 28 are mixed up.[13]
Mehlak.svg Mehlak Journey [9]
unknown Merem Honor Used with khakh in Amaram's glyphpair.[10]
Mevizh.svg Mevizh Destination [9]
unknown Morom unknown [16]
Nahn.svg Nahn unknown [17] Not related to the nahn caste.[18]
unknown Parap unknown Used along with shenesh and idi to represent "Parshendi" in Stormwarden script.[8]
Roshar glyph.svg Roshar Roshar An ancient glyph for Roshar.[19]
Sas.svg Sas unknown Presumably indicative of Sadeas princedom.[17]
unknown Sebes unknown Used with laial in Sebarial's glyphpair.[20]
Shash.svg Shash Dangerous One of Kaladin's owners branded him with this glyph after he attempted to escape with twenty armed slaves.[16]
unknown Shenesh unknown Used along with parap and idi to represent "Parshendi" in Stormwarden script.[8]
unknown Shesh unknown Used with lerel in Sheler's glyphpair.[15]
Tafar.svg Tafar Physician [4]
Tebel.svg Tebel Before [9]
Thath.svg Thath Justice Noted as being particularly complex.[21]
Tsameth.svg Tsameth Death [9]
Zatalef.svg Zatalef Zatalef A bat-like cephalopod native to Akak.[9]
Zeradoreh glyph.svg Zeradoreh Stormlight The glyph for Stormlight. The phonemes say "tavodovast," meaning "Tavast's light".[19]
Modern zeras.svg Zeras Storm The modern glyph for zeras.[9] Earlier versions of zeras include: Old and Middle.
Braid Glyph.svg unknown Braid [4]
Cobalt Guard Glyph.svg unknown Cobalt Guard [22]
Diamond Glyph.svg unknown Diamond [4]
Finish Glyph.svg unknown Finish [23][4]
Freedom.svg unknown Freedom As used in Bridge Four's tattoo.[24]
Iron Glyph.svg unknown Iron [23][4]
Koradaros glyph.svg unknown Lifelight An unknown glyph. The phonemes say "koradaros," meaning "Koravari's light" (presumably referring to Lifelight).[19]
Lure Glyph.svg unknown Lure [23][4]
Stance Glyph.svg unknown Stance [23][4]
Trap Glyph.svg unknown Trap [23][4]
Rasodonar glyph.svg unknown Voidlight An unknown glyph. The phonemes say "rasodonar," meaning "Rasan's light" (presumably referring to Voidlight).[19]
Calligraphers Guild.svg unknown Symbol of the Calligraphers Guild Comprised of the glyph phonemes in Isaac's name.[23][25]
Roshar Glyph.png unknown Roshar (likely) Found along the borders of several maps and compass roses.[26] Context and phonemes suggest the word (and meaning) is "Roshar".
Mysterious Symbol.png unknown unknown Mysterious glyph related in some way to the Calligraphers Guild glyph.[25]

Glyphpairs[edit]

The following is a list of all known glyphpairs:

Glyphpair Words Meaning Notes
Khokh.svgLinil.svg khokh linil House Kholin Stylized as a tower and crown, for most of House Kholin.[11]
Khokh2.svgLinil.svg khokh linil Elhokar Kholin Stylized as a sword and crown.[11][12]
-- -- merem khakh Meridas Amaram Stylized as a whitespine.[10]
Sas.svg -- sas morom Likely refers to a district in Sadeas princedom A slave brand.[16]
Sas.svgNahn.svg sas nahn Likely refers to a district in Sadeas princedom Kaladin's slave brand.[17]
-- -- sebes laial Turinad Sebarial Stylized as a skyeel.[14]
-- -- shesh lerel Sheler [27]
-- -- unknown Torol Sadeas Stylized as a tower and hammer.[28]

Glyph Phonemes[edit]

The glyph phonemes are illustrated in a letter from Nazh concerning his investigation of the Calligraphers Guild.[9]

Standard Calligraphic Hybrid Standard Calligraphic Hybrid Standard Calligraphic Hybrid Standard Calligraphic Hybrid
A Glyph A.svg Glyph A.svg Glyph A.svg I Glyph I.svg Calligraphic I glyph.svg Hybrid I glyph.svg M Glyph M.svg Calligraphic M glyph.svg Hybrid M glyph.svg SH Glyph SH.svg Calligraphic SH glyph.svg Hybrid SH glyph.svg
B Glyph B.svg Calligraphic B glyph.svg Hybrid B glyph.svg F Glyph F.svg Calligraphic F glyph.svg Hybrid F glyph.svg N Glyph N.svg Calligraphic N glyph.svg Hybrid N glyph.svg T Glyph T.svg Calligraphic T glyph.svg Hybrid T glyph.svg
V Glyph V.svg Calligraphic V glyph.svg Hybrid V glyph.svg P Glyph P.svg Calligraphic P glyph.svg Hybrid P glyph.svg O Glyph O.svg Calligraphic O glyph.svg Hybrid O glyph.svg TH Glyph TH.svg Calligraphic TH glyph.svg Hybrid TH glyph.svg
CH Glyph CH.svg Calligraphic CH glyph.svg Hybrid CH glyph.svg G Glyph G.svg Calligraphic G glyph.svg Hybrid G glyph.svg U Glyph U.svg Calligraphic U glyph.svg Hybrid U glyph.svg Y Glyph Y.svg Calligraphic Y glyph.svg Hybrid Y glyph.svg
K Glyph K.svg Calligraphic K glyph.svg Hybrid K glyph.svg H Glyph H.svg Calligraphic H glyph.svg Hybrid H glyph.svg R Glyph R.svg Calligraphic R glyph.svg Hybrid R glyph.svg J Glyph J.svg Calligraphic J glyph.svg Hybrid J glyph.svg
D Glyph D.svg Calligraphic D glyph.svg Hybrid D glyph.svg L Glyph L.svg Calligraphic L glyph.svg Hybrid L glyph.svg S Glyph S.svg Calligraphic S glyph.svg Hybrid S glyph.svg Z Glyph Z.svg Calligraphic Z glyph.svg Hybrid Z glyph.svg
E Glyph E.svg Calligraphic E glyph.svg Hybrid E glyph.svg

Numerals[edit]

Known numeral glyphs include the following:

Glyph 0.svg 0 Glyph 1.svg 1 Glyph 2.svg 2 Glyph 3.svg 3 Glyph 4.svg 4 Glyph 5.svg 5 Glyph 6.svg 6 Glyph 7.svg 7 Glyph 8.svg 8 Glyph 9.svg 9
Glyph 10.svg 10 Glyph 11.svg 11 Glyph 12.svg 12 Glyph 13.svg 13 Glyph 14.svg 14 Glyph 15.svg 15 Glyph 16.svg 16 Glyph 17.svg 17 Glyph 18.svg 18 Glyph 19.svg 19
Glyph 20.svg 20 Glyph 21.svg 21 Glyph 22.svg 22 Glyph 23.svg 23 Glyph 24.svg 24 Glyph 25.svg 25 Glyph 26.svg 26 Glyph 27.svg 27 Glyph 28.svg 28 Glyph 29.svg 29
Glyph 80.svg 80 Glyph 127.svg 127 Glyph 1173.svg 1173

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t TWoK Front Endsheet
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t TWoK Rear Endsheet
  3. a b c d e f g h i j Highprince Glyph Confirmations
    17th Shard forums - 2018-05-16#
  4. a b c d e f g h i j k Creating Stormlight Glyphs: A JordanCon Workshop with Isaac Stewart
    17th Shard forums - 2018-05-04#
  5. Oathbringer chapter 49 #
  6. a b c Brotherwise Games Interview
    — YouTube - 2020-04-29#
  7. JordanCon 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-04-11#
  8. a b c Words of Radiance chapter 52 #
  9. a b c d e f g h i j k l Page of Alethi glyphs
  10. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 47 #
  11. a b c d The Way of Kings chapter 28 #
  12. a b The Way of Kings chapter 4 #
  13. a b The Way of Kings Typos List
    17th Shard forums - 2017-10-26#
  14. a b Words of Radiance chapter 40 #
  15. a b The Way of Kings chapter 67 #
  16. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 2 #
  17. a b c The Way of Kings chapter 51 #
  18. Slave Brands
    17th Shard forums - 2017-07-02#
  19. a b c d Alethi Glyphs Page 2
  20. The Way of Kings chapter 40 #
  21. The Way of Kings chapter 69 #
  22. Cobalt Guard Patch
    Brandon's website - 2018-11-21#
  23. a b c d e f Scroll of Stances
  24. Words of Radiance chapter 2 #
  25. a b JordanCon 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-04-20#
  26. Map of Roshar
  27. The Way of Kings chapter 77 #
  28. The Way of Kings chapter 6 #
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