So has anyone ever talked about the connection between Alduin’s/Miraak’s four word Shouts? Because it’s fascinating that they’re the only two in canon with more than three words, and they serve opposite functions:
“Ziil gro dovah ulse” = “I bind your dragon spirit for eternity” = Restores a dragon’s soul to its body
“Zii los dii du” = “Your soul is mine to devour” = Rips a dragon’s soul from its body
I’m not entirely sure what to make of that, other than it being a cool connection. Especially since they’re both the “firstborn” of their kind. Just another Alduin/Miraak parallel, like that Paarthurnax quote about elder brothers.
Side note: Since we only ever witness mind-controlled dragons getting “zii los dii du”d, it seems likely that it only works when the soul in question is already bound to the speaker - because they’re claiming what’s already theirs. But that does make me wonder if the outrageous number of dragon skeletons in/around Miraak’s temple could be explained by him simply bending their wills and then eating their souls that way, rather than actually fighting them.