Written In Klingon

Mapping the symbols

This chart shows the "canonical 10" mapped onto Arabic numerals. Once again, it might be possible to do this in a logical and reasonable way, worked out from first principles. A random assignment seemed to give just as plausible a result, so that's the approach I've used.

The Example

So, here it is, the end point of all this: Klingon text written clearly and in a way that looks as much as possible like the on-sceen examples.

I've used the old Klingon proverb, "Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man." First with conventional spaces between the words, and then using zeroes to separate them.
The text in Marc Okrand's Klingon is:
qaStaHvIS wa’ram loS SaD Hugh SIjlaH qetbogh loD.

And in my numbering (using conventional numbers) that's:
69284819551218 22572344 518 1856 5546 18112155 28794516 5126
I make it that a sentence that takes 40 letters, an apostrophe and a full stop to write in our alphabet can be reproduced accurately and in full using 53 Klingon symbols. Longer, but not that much longer.


This work is built upon the work of many others, as much on the ideas I've not used as those that I have. As well as the obvious debt to Marc Okrand, and the designer who first developed the "canonical 10" Klingon letters, there are many, too numerous to mention, who have all devoted time to the Klingon language and who have influenced this proposal for a Klingon writing system.
Beyond that, I must specifically thank Zrajm C. Akfohg (Björn X. Öqvist), whose Klingonska Akademien website has an absolute treasure trove of information about the Klingon language. The long quote from Marc Okrand about pIqaD would never have been drawn to my attention were it not for his archive.


by StrauchiusStrauchius on 04 Sep 2012 08:34, last updated on 04 Sep 2012 20:57