Ho eyo he hum is a simple tune commonly sung in the city of Britain.

In Ultima I, the song is first introduced by Iolo, the bard, who sang it wherever he was encountered.

In Ultima II, several jesters and entertainers found throughout the Earth sang, "Ho! Ho! Ho!" - a similar, albeit much simpler, ditty.[1]

By Ultima III the composition of the classic tune had seemingly evolved. Iolo still sang "Ho eyo he hum!" as was his wont, but now Gwino (likely a bastardization of Gwenno) added an accompanying "Muh eh oye oh!" to the song, reversing its phonetics.[2] [3]

In Ultima IV, several small children in Britain also happily sang "ho eyo he hum," possibly due to the tutelage of Gwenno and Iolo, the song's seeming originators, who were entertaining them at the time.[4] [5]


Here the Jesters sing Ho Ho,
But why they do,
I'll never know.
- Iolo the Bard

- from Secrets of Sosaria (Ultima III)

Ultima V: LazarusEdit

This is an Ultima V: Lazarus-related article or section. The information within may not apply to Ultima V or other Ultima games.

In the remake of Ultima V, Ultima V: Lazarus, Iolo's response to some commands is to sing this song.


  1. Jester. Underworld Dragon's Ultima II Transcript. Ultima II.
  2. Iolo. Underworld Dragon's Ultima III Transcript. Ultima III.
  3. Gwenno. Underworld Dragon's Ultima III Transcript. Ultima III.
  4. A child. Underworld Dragon's Ultima IV Transcript. Ultima IV. "sing."
  5. Gwenno. Underworld Dragon's Ultima IV Transcript. Ultima IV. "job."

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