Skyrim User Reviews
The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.
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A few of the musical pieces presented in Skyrim are refurbished versions of the music in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002). Both were composed by Jeremy Soule.
If though this is one of the biggest maps ever in a video game, it is not the largest. Elder Scrolls 2 is.
Occasionally you can hear a background character say, "I used to be an adventurer like you but then I took an arrow in the knee". This phrase has spawned a popular Internet meme.
The leader of the Thieves Guild, when the player is first introduced to it, is Mercer Frey who is voiced by Stephen Russell who provided the voice for the main character of the Thief series of games
The armbands of the game's Dragonplate Armor read "Jonahlobe" in the dragon language. Jonah Lobe is a character artist at Bethesda
The NPC Erik The Slayer is named after Erik West, who's online alias was "Immok The Slayer". Bethesda was so impressed with his knowledge of Oblivion that they gave him an in depth tour of Bethesda studios and decided to create a character based on Erik. Erik died of cancer in May 2011, and never got to see the release of Skyrim. The Tour of Bethesda's workspace was set-up by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Bethesda was approached to make a game based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, from which the TV series Game of Thrones is also derived. Although they wanted to do it, they turned down the offer to focus on Skyrim.
The appearance of Draugr is randomized and not gender specific. This means that a Draugr can spawn with a female body and a beard.
While a dragon corpse is burning, the effect can be seen from the world map.
There is a room in Skyrim that holds the corpses of all deceased, unique NPCs. The room can only be accessed through the use of console commands, and has four exits that lead to a black void. Should the dead character be resurrected through console commands, most NPCs will be hostile towards the player.Quotes
Guard: I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee.
Dragonborn: Fus Ro Dah!
Paarthurnax: What is better - to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?
Guard: Let me guess, Someone stole your sweetroll!
Random child: [when your character is only in underwear] Naked! Naked, naked, naked!
Guard: My cousin is out fighting dragons. And what do I get? Guard duty.
Greybeard: [whispering] Dovahkiin.Easter Eggs
In the city of Riften there is a family called the Black-Briar. Given Joan Allen's performance in the game, the family's name is a clear reference to the movie The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) where Allen starred as Pam Landy, a chief officer of the CIA, who was kept in the dark about a program also called Blackbriar.
The guards will often say "Let me guess, somebody stole your sweetroll" to the player. 'The Stolen Sweetroll' has been a running gag throughout Bethesda Softworks' games since Morrowind (2002)
On the plains to the west of the city of Whiterun, the player can find a skeletal hand sticking out from one of the many scattered ponds holding a sword aloft, a reference to the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur.
Rarely, at night from 10 PM to 4 AM, while on one of the roads, you may see a glowing, moving shape running towards you, it is the Headless Horseman, if you follow him, he will stop at a tomb called Hamvir's Rest and you can see him resting by his tomb during the day where you can see a skull and helmet on it which might be his.
High Hrothgar is possibly named after the 6th century Danish king Hroðgar. The name has appeared in a few Anglo-Saxon epics, including Beowulf. One of the names of king Hroðgar, who was also known as "Hrothgar", was 'Ro'. 'Ro', in Skyrim, is one of the second words you learn in the Dragonshout 'Unrelenting Force', acquired by one of the monks at High Hrothgar.
The quest "A Night to Remember" may be a reference to the movie The Hangover, as both involve characters getting hungover and retracing their steps to find out what happened during the previous night.
Southwest of Winterhold, in Bleakcoast Cave, there is a part of the cave guarded by frost trolls where you will find parts of a skeleton hanging from the icy ceiling. On the ground below it is a Steel Greatsword of Weariness. This is a reference to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in which there is a scene where Luke Skywalker is stuck to the ceiling of an icy wampa cave and must use the Force to retrieve his lightsaber to cut himself free.
At the very top of the Throat of the World, there is a special pickaxe that the player can obtain. The name of this pickaxe is 'Notched pickaxe', and is thought to be a reference to Minecraft creator Notch.
In Endon's House in Markarth, there is a shelf in the back of the room with Sliced Goat Cheese, a row of Garlic, and some Glow Dust arranged to look like a scene from Pac-Man.