'Skyrim' Fan Theories That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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The land of Skyrim is such an expansive and richly detailed region that there are many players who haven't discovered half of its secrets, even after playing for hundreds of hours. It's so easy to get lost while exploring the rolling landscapes, hidden caves, and high mountains that knowing where to find the clues to the many secrets of the game is a task for only the most dedicated fans. There are those who hunt for these fragments of a deeper lore, and then there are those who attempt to weave them together to paint a picture of some very intriguing possibilities.

We have gathered some plausible, strange, and interesting theories created by these eagle-eyed fans and present them for your consideration. Which of these Skyrim fan theories make the most sense to you?

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    388 VOTES

    Jurgen Windcaller Is Actually A Dragonborn

    Jurgen Windcaller Is Actually A Dragonborn
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    Redditor /u/confusednarwhal1 draws attention to the fact that Jurgen Windcaller, founder of the Greybeards, might have hidden a pretty big secret. It is theorized that he is, in fact, a Dragonborn.

    When you visit Jurgen's tomb, you receive a dragon soul, something that wouldn't normally arise from the grave of a regular human. Additionally, his interment site is decorated with Akaviri symbols; these are signs closely associated with dragon hunting and locating Dragonborns.

    Further analysis of Jurgen's history may suggest that he didn't simply stifle the Voices of his opponents to quell the fighting alone. He was also trying to defend his own power as a Dragonborn.

    388 votes
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    274 VOTES

    The Greybeards Got Their Name Because They Choose To Grow Old

    The Greybeards Got Their Name Because They Choose To Grow Old
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    This theory examines the influence of ancient Nordic culture in Skyrim. /U/singasongofsixpins brings up the fact that "Greybeard" is a strange name for the order of sages, and they delve a little deeper into why the order chose this moniker of old age.

    In Nordic mythology, warriors who perished during conflict got to go to Valhalla and eternally feast and fight. In Skyrim, they have a very similar concept: If you perish in a clash, you spend your afterlife in Sovngarde. If you expire of old age, however, you don't get this honor.

    It is speculated that the Greybeards have chosen to grow old and continue their studies to benefit mankind, giving up their chance at eternal happiness and glory. This sacrifice is shown in their old age and long, grey beards. It makes a lot more sense for the reminder of this solemn decision to represent their order, rather than just an arbitrary physical detail they all share.

    274 votes
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    251 VOTES

    The Dragonborn Was Created By The Gods, Not Born

    The Dragonborn Was Created By The Gods, Not Born
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    This simple but interesting theory rests on a basic detail about the protagonists of the Elder Scrolls games. One fan points out how in other titles, players choose their birth sign when creating a character. There are also hints that the character you create has a backstory in the world around them.

    In Skyrim, you choose a sacred standing stone as a trait booster instead. This led some fans to wonder if the Dragonborn was simply created and sent to Nirn by one of the gods. Talos or Akatosh, perhaps?

    251 votes
  • 4
    365 VOTES

    Hermaeus Mora Is Behind The ‘Letter From A Friend’ Mystery

    Hermaeus Mora Is Behind The ‘Letter From A Friend’ Mystery
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    Where do the curious "Letters From A Friend" really come from? The player will receive these messages throughout their quest, and the letters appear to be nudging the player toward powers that can only be claimed and used by a Dragonborn.

    While many point to Delphine as the author, there is also a lot of evidence to support that the letters could come from Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of memory and knowledge. The extremely precise knowledge of the location of each of the points of power described in the letters appears to be beyond the scope of a mere mortal. The writer even seems to know exactly where the Dragonborn is at all times, no matter how remote.

    This all seems like the doings of a mighty omniscient being with a motivation to groom a warrior to slay Miraak.

    365 votes
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    298 VOTES

    Winterhold Collapsed Because It Was Built On A Glacier

    Winterhold Collapsed Because It Was Built On A Glacier
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    The city of Winterhold lies in ruins after a good chunk of it fell into the ocean years ago. This disaster, while mentioned by the inhabitants of the city, isn't necessarily discussed in explicit detail. Some players believe the cause of this calamity was due to the city being built atop a glacier.

    It could have suddenly dislodged after decades of seeming solid, bringing the town down with it. This would be a sensible and straightforward reason to explain the catastrophe.

    298 votes
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    324 VOTES

    M'aiq The Liar Is A God

    M'aiq The Liar Is A God
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    In most of the Elder Scrolls titles, the player can meet a wandering Khajiit called M'aiq. He appears to have an expansive knowledge of the world, which he purports to be the things he's seen on his travels. One strange thing about this character is he seemingly appears throughout many different centuries and time periods, all while retaining the same appearance.

    Though he tries to explain this by saying that all his ancestors were also named M'aiq, there could be another reason at play here. Some players think this is because M'aiq is secretly Lorkhan, one of the ancient Aedra who fooled the divines into creating the mortal world. Though other characters disregard the seemingly outlandish things he says, M'aiq appears to know more than his fair share of secrets. Do you think he's hiding something, or has he just been overdoing the Moon Sugar?

    324 votes