The Geography of Skyrim
Skyrim is the northern most province in the fictional continent of Tamriel as set in the Elder Scrolls video game series.
Skyrim borders Cyrodiil on the north. Oblivions players should remember the northern most city of Bruma in Cyrodiil. The border to Skyrim is only a stone’s throw from the city of Bruma.
Bordering Skyrim in the east is the province of Morrowind. Elder Scrolls: Morrowind players will remember that in Elder Scrolls: III, Morrowind was the central focus of the game, although only a portion of Morrowind was actually part of the game world. (The game portion of Morrowind was actually an island set within the Morrowind province).
To the southwest of Skyrim is Hammerfell, home of the Redguard race.
To the west is High Rock, mostly inhabited by Bretons (elf/human hybrids) and Orcs, although Orcs are mostly concentrated into one city.
The cities of Skyrim
In the game world itself, there is said to be 5 cities and 25 small towns surrounded by lots of wilderness. Although it is uncertain which cities and which towns will be brought to the forefront of game play in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, the geography of Skyrim is available for speculation.
Close to the border between Skyrim and Cyrodiil are the cities of Falkreath and Riften. Across the northern border adjoining the sea are Haafingar (or also referred to as Solitude), Winterhold, and Dawnstar. These latter cities are in the most intense and harsh cold conditions in all of Tamriel. No other province reaches as far north as Skyrim.
Haafinger is the home of Bards’ College, one of the most famous place in Tamriel. Haafinger is also easily the busiest port in Skyrim.
Windhelm, close to the Morrowind border, in a historical place. The city once served as the capital of the First Empire.
The game world of Skyrim is said to be as harsh (or worse!) then that of the Morrowind game world. From central to east Skyrim is mountain range upon mountain range. Intertwined with unforgiving wind, snow, and ice makes it especially treacherous.
The “Throat of the World” is one of the two tallest mountains in Tamriel. (The other tallest mountain in Tamriel is the Red Mountain in Morrowind; where, in game play, the player defeated Dagoth Ur, the enemy in Elder Scrolls: Morrowind.) It is seen as a sacred place by many, a place where man first came to be when the sky breathed onto the land.