There are many ancient languages and runes used or at least mentioned in passing throughout the book Endgame: The Calling including gothic. Many of the letters bear some resemblance to the Greek alphabet because they were adapted by Ulfilas (or Wulfila) in the 4th century to translate The Bible. The runic equivalents of the ‘gothic script’ from the middle ages are completely different, although retain the names derived from this origin.
The table below is courtesy of Wikitionary and shows the gothic characters as well as their modern equivalents.
|Letter||Translit.||Compare||Gothic name||PGmc rune name||IPA|
|𐌰||a||Α||aza < ans “god” or asks “ash“||*ansuz||/a, aː/|
|𐌱||b||Β||bercna < *bairka “birch“||*berkanan||/b/ [b, β]|
|𐌲||g||Γ||geuua < giba “gift”||*gebō||/ɡ/ [ɡ, ɣ, x]; /n/ [ŋ]|
|𐌳||d||Δ||daaz < dags “day”||*dagaz||/d/ [d, ð]|
|𐌴||e||Ε||eyz < aiƕs “horse” or eivs “yew“||*eihwaz||/eː/|
|𐌵||q||Ϙ||quetra < *qairþra ? or quairna “millstone”||(see *perþō)||/kʷ/|
|𐌶||z||Ζ||ezec < ezec (?)||(see *algiz)||/z/|
|𐌷||h||Η||haal < *hagal or *hagls “hail”||*haglaz||/h/, /x/|
|𐌸||þ (th)||Θ||thyth < þiuþ “good” or þaurnus “thorn”||*thurisaz||/θ/|
|𐌹||i||Ι||iiz < *eis “ice”||*īsaz||/i/|
|𐌺||k||Κ||chozma < *kusma or kōnja “pine sap”||*kaunan||/k/|
|𐌻||l||Λ||laaz < *lagus “sea, lake”||*laguz||/l/|
|𐌼||m||Μ||manna < manna “man”||*mannaz||/m/|
|𐌽||n||Ν||noicz < nauþs “need”||*naudiz||/n/|
|𐌾||j||ᛃ||gaar < jēr “year”||*jēran||/j/|
|𐌿||u||ᚢ||uraz < *ūrus “aurochs“||*ūruz||/ʊ/, /uː/|
|𐍀||p||Π||pertra < *pairþa ?||*perþō||/p/|
|𐍂||r||R||reda < *raida “wagon”||*raidō||/r/|
|𐍃||s||S||sugil < sauïl or sōjil “sun”||*sôwilô||/s/|
|𐍄||t||Τ||tyz < *tius “the god Týr“||*tīwaz||/t/|
|𐍅||w||Υ||uuinne < vinja “field, pasture” or vinna “pain”||*wunjō||/w, y/|
|𐍆||f||Ϝ||fe < faihu “cattle, wealth”||*fehu||/f/|
|𐍇||x||Χ||enguz < *iggus or *iggvs “the god Yngvi“||*ingwaz||/x/?|
|𐍈||ƕ (hw)||Θ||uuaer < *ƕair “kettle”||–||/hʷ/|
|𐍉||o||Ω, ᛟ||utal < *ōþal “ancestral land”||*ōþala||/oː/|
Here is the original gothic message from the book as it appears. The story itself seems to revolve around the resettlement of groups of goths around the Danube under Emperor Valens and their subsequent mistreatment.
𐍃𐍉 𐌰𐌼𐌰𐌻𐌹𐌸𐌰 𐌺𐌰𐌹𐍃𐌰𐍂𐌹𐍃 𐍅𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌽𐍃𐌹𐍃 𐌿𐌽𐍃 𐌽𐌰𐍃𐌹𐌳𐌰 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌼 𐍆𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌹𐍃𐍄𐍃𐌰𐌷𐌰 𐌷𐌿𐌽𐌽𐌰𐌽𐌴. 𐌿𐌽𐍃 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌰𐍆 𐍆𐌰𐍂𐌸𐌰 𐌿𐍆𐌰𐍂 𐌳𐍉𐌽𐌰𐍂𐌹𐍃 𐌾𐌰𐌷 𐌹𐌽 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌺𐌰 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌸𐌿.
𐌻𐌽𐌽𐌹𐌺𐌹𐌽𐌿𐍃 𐌾𐌰𐌷 𐌼𐌰𐍇𐌹𐌼𐌿𐍃 𐌿𐌽𐍃𐌹𐍃 𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌽𐌴𐌼𐌿𐌽 𐌵𐌰𐌹𐍂𐍂𐌿𐌱𐌰, 𐌳𐌰𐌿𐌷𐍄 𐌿𐌽𐍃𐌹𐍃 𐌲𐌰𐍆𐌿𐌽. 𐌰𐌽𐌰 𐌸𐌰𐌼𐌼𐌰 𐌳𐌰𐌿𐌷𐍄𐌳𐌹𐍃𐌺𐌰 𐌰𐍄𐌻𐌴𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌽𐍃 𐌸𐌰𐍂𐌴𐌹 𐌿𐍃𐌵𐌴𐌼𐌿𐌽 𐌸𐌰𐌽𐍃 𐌱𐌰𐍄𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽𐍃 𐌿𐌽𐍃𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌽𐍃.
𐌰𐌻𐌰𐍅𐌹𐍅𐌿𐍃 𐍃𐌰 𐌼𐌹𐌺𐌻𐍃 𐌲𐌰𐍃𐍄𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽𐍃 𐍅𐌰𐍂𐌸 𐌹𐌽𐌷𐍂𐌿𐌺𐌺 𐌸𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌷 𐌰𐍆𐌼𐌰𐍂𐌶𐌴𐌹𐌽 𐍅𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌽𐍃𐌹𐍃. 𐌷𐌰𐌻𐌹𐍃𐌰𐌹𐍅 𐌰𐌽𐌰 𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌰𐌹 𐌸𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌷 𐌹𐌺 𐌰𐍆𐌰𐍂𐌻𐌰𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌹𐌸𐍃 𐍅𐌰𐍃 𐍃𐍅𐌴 𐌳𐌹𐌿𐍃.
𐍃𐌰 𐌱𐌰𐌲𐌼𐍃 𐍃𐌰𐌴𐌹 𐍅𐌰𐍂𐌸 𐌲𐌴𐌳𐍂𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌹𐌸𐍃 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌼 𐌷𐌹𐌽𐌳𐌰𐍂𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃𐌴𐌹𐌽 𐍂𐌿𐌼𐍉𐌽𐌴 𐍅𐌰𐌷𐍃𐌾𐌹𐌸 𐌰𐍆𐍄𐍂𐌰 𐍃𐍅𐌹𐌽𐌸𐍃. 𐌸𐌰𐌹 𐌸𐌴𐍂𐍅𐌹𐌽𐌲𐍉𐍃 𐍂𐌰𐌻𐌴𐍃𐌿𐌽 𐌰𐍆𐍄𐍂𐌰, 𐌼𐌹𐌸𐌲𐌰𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌹𐌳𐌴𐌳𐌿𐌽 𐌰𐍆𐍄𐍂𐌰, 𐌲𐌰𐍃𐍅𐌹𐌽𐌸𐌽𐍉𐌳𐌴𐌳𐌿𐌽 𐌹𐌸 𐌸𐍉 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌹𐌳𐌴𐌳𐌿𐌽 𐍃𐌽𐌹𐌿𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌳𐍉.
𐍈𐌰𐌹𐍅𐌰 𐌼𐌰𐌲 𐌹𐌺 𐍃𐍅𐌰 𐌱𐌻𐌹𐌽𐌳𐍃 𐍅𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌽𐍃𐌰 𐌾𐌰𐌷 𐌰𐌻𐌻𐌰𐌼𐌼𐌰 𐍂𐌴𐌹𐌺𐌾𐌰 𐍂𐌿𐌼𐍉𐌽𐌴. 𐌴𐌹𐍃 𐌱𐌹𐌵𐌴𐌼𐌿𐌽 𐍃𐌹𐌽𐍄𐌴𐌹𐌽𐍉 𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰 𐌰𐌷𐌰𐌺𐍃 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌸𐌰𐌿𐍃 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌸𐌹𐌸 𐌽𐌹𐌿 𐌰𐌹𐍅.
𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍂 𐌾𐌴𐍂𐌰 𐌷𐌿𐌽𐌳𐌰 𐌾𐌰𐌷 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐍃 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌷𐌰𐌽𐍃 𐍅𐌰𐍂𐌸 𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌰 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌼 𐌳𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌷𐍄𐌹𐌽𐌰 𐌱𐌰𐌻𐍅𐌰𐍄𐌴𐌹𐍃𐌰. 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌹𐌽𐍉𐌳𐌴𐌳𐌿𐌽 𐌸𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌷 𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍃 𐍃𐍅𐌰 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌼 𐌺𐌿𐌽𐌾𐌰𐌼 𐌴𐌹 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌸𐌰𐌽 𐌸𐌰𐌹 𐌰𐌹𐌽𐌰𐌷𐌰𐌽.
𐍅𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌽𐍃 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌻 𐍅𐌹𐍃𐌰𐌽 𐍃𐌰 𐌹𐍆𐍄𐌿𐌼𐌰. 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐌾𐌹𐍃 𐌹𐍃𐍄 𐌳𐌿 𐌱𐌹𐌵𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌽 𐌸𐌰𐌽𐍃 𐌸𐌴𐍂𐍅𐌹𐌽𐌲𐌰𐌽𐍃. 𐌸𐍂𐍉𐌸𐌹𐌳𐌰 𐌹𐌺 𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌰 𐌻𐌰𐌸𐍉𐌽 𐌸𐍉 𐌼𐌹𐌺𐌹𐌻𐍉𐌽. 𐌱𐍂𐌿𐌺𐌾𐌰 𐌸𐍉 𐍆𐌰𐌳𐍂𐌴𐌹𐌽𐍃𐌺𐍂𐌰𐌼𐌰 𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌹𐌶𐌰𐌽𐌴 𐌼𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌴.
𐌰𐍄𐍄𐌹𐌿𐌷𐌰 𐌴𐌹𐌶 𐌼𐌴𐌹𐌽 𐌾𐌰𐌷 𐍄𐌹𐌿𐌷𐌰 𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰 𐌼𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌰. 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌵𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌼 𐌻𐌿𐌿𐌺𐌹𐌺𐌽𐌰𐌿 𐌾𐌰𐌷 𐍄𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌽𐍃 𐌿𐍃𐌵𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌼.
𐍈𐌰𐌶𐌿𐌷 𐌳𐌰𐌻𐍃 𐌼𐌹𐌸 𐌱𐌻𐍉𐌳𐌰 𐍆𐌿𐌻𐌽𐌹𐌸. 𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌰 𐌳𐍂𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌾𐌹𐌸.
Below is a translation courtesy of Roel on the Gothic Literature Facebook page. The blue is the converted text and green is Roel’s translation.
so ameliþa kaisaris walensis uns nasida fram frumistsaha hunnane. Uns fragaf farþa ufar donaris jah in þraka friþu.
Ameliþa of the emperor of Walens saved us from the first (saha?) of the Huns. He offered us the crossing of the Donau in the (þraka <= not a Gothic word) peace.
Lupikinus jah maximus unsis andnemun qairruba, dauht unsis gafun. Ana þamma dauhtdiska atleweins þarei usqemun þans batistans unsarans
Lupikinus and Maximus friendly/politely accepted us, they gave us food. In this treacherous meal, the best of us were killed.
Alawiwus sa mikls gastikans warþ in hrukk þairh afmarzein walensis. Halisaiw ana aleinai þlauh ik afarlaistiþs was swe dius
Alawiwus the big was stabbed in his back by the betrayal of the Walens. Almost never in the (aleinai?) did I flee, followed like a pidgin.
Sa bagms saei warþ gedrausiþs fram hindarweisein rumone wahsjıþ aftra swinþs. þai þerwingos galesun aftra, miþgatimridedun aftra, gaswinþnodedun iþ þo tauidedun snıumundo
The tree which fell due to the deceit/slyness of the Romans rapidly grows again. The thervingos (galesun) again, built again, became strong again when they did this fast.
ƕaiwa mag ik swa blinds walensa jah allamma reikja rumone. Eis biqemun sinteino gutþıuda ahaks friþaus wairþiþ niu aiw
How can I (be?) as blind as the Walens and the whole Roman empire. They suddenly plundered the Goths daily, it never became peaceful again.
Faur jera hunda jah mais tauhans warþ ruma fram drauhtina balwaweisa. Fraujinodedun þairh gais swamanagam kunjam ei wairþan þai ainahan
For more than 100 years Rome was led by evil. They governed so much tribes with the sword that they became the only one.
Walens skal wisan sa istuma. Sunjis ist du biqiman þans perwingans. þroþida ik faura laþon þo mikilon. Brukja þo fadreinskrama airizane meine.
Walens has to be the next. It is true to attack the Thervingos. I trained for the invitation of the big. I use the family sword of my ancestors.
Attiuha eiz mein jah tiuha þiuda meina. Weis fraqistjam lupikinau jah walens usqimam
I bring (eiz) my and I ‘ll lead my people. We’ll kill Lupikinus and the Walens.
Hvazuh dals miþ bloda fulniþ. Ruma drausjiþ.
All hills become filled with blood. Rome falls.
This translation will be helpful, but will likely not get you all the correct words you need. For that you will need to find the appropriate word in each section using a gothic dictionary to help you. The following sites might help you make the rest of the translations necessary.
You will know when the gothic section is needed by the symbols appearing, so it will be pretty obvious. That means that you need to have the right iris open in order to encounter this puzzle. As such if you haven’t reached this part, then you will have to look at earlier posts to see how to open the corresponding iris.