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Not to be confused with Alvuin or Aldunie.
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"You do not even know our tongue, do you? Such arrogance, to dare take for yourself the name of Dovah!"
―Alduin to the Last Dragonborn[src]

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Alduin (Dovahzul: ALDUIN), the World Eater,[1] also considered an alternative name of Akatosh by some of Tamriel,[2] is a dragon and the primary antagonist of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Main Quest. He is considered the "wellspring" of the Nordic pantheon, as well as the harbinger of the apocalypse.[1] He is also described as the "creator of dragon civilization" in one particular text.[3]

Interactions

Unbound

During the executions, Alduin will be flying above Helgen, and his roars can be faintly heard. Once the Last Dragonborn is placed on the chopping block, he will land on top of the tower above and use the shout Meteor Storm to cause havoc and destruction in the settlement. During the Dragonborn's escape from the village and into Helgen Keep, he will be seen fighting a number of Imperial soldiers, and may land and attack the Dragonborn in front of the keep if the Dragonborn does not escape quickly enough. Once the keep is escaped through the cave, he will be seen flying above, and will fly away to the east.

A Blade in the Dark

The Last Dragonborn and Delphine both travel to Kynesgrove during this quest. Here is where Delphine has predicted that the next Dragon will be resurrected. It turns out Delphine is right and here, on a dragon burial mound, Alduin can be seen flying above. A blue light is rising out of the mound. Alduin will use a shout to resurrect this dragon. He speaks the words "Slen Tiid Vok!" and a shout that looks similar to Unrelenting Force will go into the mound. A skeletal dragon will then rise from the mound and start speaking to Alduin. After a small conversation between the two dragons, the skeletal dragon will regain his scales. This dragon is known as Sahloknir.

Alduin's Bane

In the vision of the past seen through the Time Wound three heroes known as Felldir the Old, Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, and Hakon One-Eye are seen fighting off the dragons. Gormlaith will kill a dragon whom lands by jumping on to it and then stabbing it in the head. Afterwards the heroes will discuss the possible use of an Elder Scroll to defeat Alduin, but Hakon says it is to dangerous. Alduin will come down to fight them and then the three heroes will use Dragonrend to bring down Alduin. Alduin will then engage in combot with the three heroes. Gormlaith will be killed by Alduin and then Hakon will tell Felldir to use the Elder Scroll. Alduin will continue to fight Felldir for a short time before noticing what Felldir is doing. Alduin will turn to Felldir and try burning him with Fire Breath, but this does not work and Alduin is sent forward in time.

Upon awaking from the vision, Paarthurnax will say that he hopes the vision told the Dragonborn what he needed to know because Alduin has arrived. Alduin will start the battle by activating his meteor storm shout. The only way to damage Alduin is to use the dragonrend shout. Upon Alduin's defeat, Alduin will fly away to Sovngarde.

Sovngarde

Upon entering Sovngarde, Alduin can be seen flying around in the back. He will occasionally swoop down to pick up a soul in Sovngarde. The Dragonborn must travel through the mist that Alduin has set up until they reach the Hall of Shor. Here the three heroes will again come out to fight Alduin, although this time they have the Dragonborn to help them win. Before the battle can begin the dragonborn and the three heroes must disperse the mist that covers the land. They use Clear Skies to get rid of the mist, but Alduin will make the mist reappear. This process must be repeated a few times before finally Alduin will come out and battle. After killing Alduin the Dragonborn will not absorb his soul, instead Alduin explodes after yelling words in the dragon language.

Background

Identity

Scholars speculate that Alduin is the Nordic name attributed to Akatosh.[1][2] One source states that Alduin and Akatosh are different deities entirely.[4] Alduin calls himself the "First-Born of Akatosh!"[5] Exactly what the "firstborn of Akatosh" means is unclear, although some sources suggest he was split from Akatosh at some point in the past.[OOG 1] According to Paarthurnax, Alduin's peers considered him the most acclaimed creation of Akatosh.[6]
Alduins Fire

Concept art of Alduin breathing fire.

History

Nordic myth asserts that Alduin destroyed the last world to begin this one.[1] As a result, he is both creator and destroyer, as well as predating the creation of Nirn itself. There are legends of his battles with Shor during this time.[7]

During the Merethic Era, the people of Atmora and Skyrim worshiped dragons, possibly at the urging of Alduin.[4] He also conspired with Orkey to reduce all the Nords to children, until he was again defeated by Shor.[7] Some consider that Alduin's rule during this period was foresaking his proper role as the World-Eater.[6] Alduin served as a leader of the dragons, and he ruled with an iron fist. The humans either worshiped him or were enslaved.[8] The humans worshiped him and the dragons in the Dragon Cult. High ranking members of this cult would be known as a Dragon Priest. Alduin's lieutenant at the time was Paarthurnax, but secretly Paarthurnax was betraying him. Paarthurnax was teaching the voice to the humans so that they could rebel against their dragon overlords. The ensuing war would be known as the Dragon War.

He was ultimately sent forward in time through the actions of three Nordic heroes, who created a new Shout to subdue him, and used an Elder Scroll to send Alduin forward in time.[9]

Prophecy

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"And the Scrolls have foretold, of black wings in the cold, That when brothers wage war come unfurled! Alduin, Bane of Kings, ancient shadow unbound, With a hunger to swallow the world!"
Song of the Dragonborn[src]
Alduin Fire Shout

Alduin, shouting Fire Breath.

A prophecy foretelling Alduin's return is on Alduin's Wall, located at Sky Haven Temple, built in the First Era and recounted in the Book of the Dragonborn, and possibly on Elder Scroll.[10][11] It tells that the World-Eater will return after various tumultuous events have occurred, retelling events have led up to this point, and claiming that the Last Dragonborn will come forth at that time.

Dovahzul quotes

Quote Translation Audio
"Fen du hin sille ko Sovngarde!" "(I) will devour your souls in Sovngarde!"
Alduin 1
"Zu'u lost daal." "I have returned."
Alduin 2
"Kel drey ni viik." "The Elder Scroll did not defeat me."
Alduin 3
"Di kiirre fen alok." "My children will rise."
Alduin 4
"Daar Lein los dii." "This world is mine."
Alduin 5
"Hin sil fen nahkip bahloki." "Your soul will feed my hunger."
Alduin 6
"Pahlok joorre! Hin kah fen kos bonaar." "Arrogant mortals! Your pride will be humbled."
Alduin 7
"Zu'u Alduin, zok sahrot do naan ko Lein." "I (am still) Alduin, most mighty of any in Mundus (the world)."
Alduin 8
"Nust wo ni qiilaan fen kos duaan." "Those who (do) not bow will be devoured."
Alduin 9
"Dovahkiin, hin kah fen kos bonaar." "Dragonborn, your pride will be humbled."
Alduin 10
"Zu'u lost kriaan hi ont, nu hin sille fen nahkip suleyki." "I've killed you once, now your souls will feed my power."
Alduin 11
"Zu'u ni faas gaaffesejul." "I do not fear mortal ghosts ("ghosts of men/humans"). Scornfully."
Alduin 12
"Dovahkiin, you should not have come here. Nu hin sil dii." Nu hin sil dii = "Now your soul (is) mine."
Alduin 13
"I have already defeated your friends once. Beyn. I do not fear them." Beyn = "scorn"
Alduin 14
"You are persistent, Dovahkiin. Pruzah ol aar. A fine slave you would have made." Pruzah ol aar = "good as (a) slave"
Alduin 15
"Face me, then! Zu'u Alduin!" Zu'u Alduin! = "I (am) Alduin!"
Alduin 16
"Meyye! Tahrodiis aanne! Him hinde pah liiv! Zu'u hin daan!" "Fools! Treacherous slaves! Your hopes (are) all withered! I (am) your doom."
Alduin 17
"Nivahriin joorre! What have you done? What twisted Words have you created?! Tahrodiis Paarthurnax! My teeth to his neck!" Nivahriin joorre = "Cowardly mortals!"
Tahrodiis Paarthurnax! = "Treacherous Paarthurnax!"
Alduin 18
"But first... dir ko maar." dir ko maar = "die in terror"
Alduin 19
"Zu'u unslaad! Zu'u nis oblaan!" "I am eternal! I cannot end! (be ended/be killed)"
Alduin 20

Gallery

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Trivia

  • The name "Alduin" translates to "Destroy-Devour-Master". Suggesting his role: Destroy the mortal realm, then devour it whole and finally master it.
  • Alduin is voiced by Daniel Riordan.[12]
  • Alduin is the only main antagonist in the Elder Scrolls that appears in the very beginning of the story.
  • He (indirectly and ironically) saves the life of the Dragonborn.
  • When defeated in Sovngarde, unlike other Dragons, Alduin's soul cannot be absorbed. When Arngeir is questioned about the anomaly, he theorizes that Alduin is not permanently dead and will eventually return to fulfill the prophecy of the Elder Scrolls.
    • Alduin's body dissolves completely upon death and does not leave a skeleton, unlike other dragons.
  • He can be seen near any of the burial mounds of Dragons just before they're resurrected. Also, he may mention the dragon's name.
  • Alduin only refers to the Dovahkiin by name when he attacks Helgen and immediately after the "Alduin's Bane" quest.
  • Alduin is possibly inspired or a reference to the Dragon called Níðhöggur (pronounced Neeth-Hökk-uhr) in Norse Mythology. Níðhöggur was a dragon in Niflheim near Hel, he did almost nothing but feasting on the dead, biting the roots of the tree Yggdrasil and killing for his own amusement. Níðhöggur was a symbol of death and destruction, much like Alduin.
  • When using the Dragonrend shout, Alduin may say, "You may have picked up the weapons of my ancient foes, but you are not their equal!"
  • Killcams in the game do not activate for Alduin as they would for any other dragons.

Bugs

This section contains bugs related to Alduin. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   During the initial Helgen attack, when the player climbs up the stairs of the tower, Alduin will sometimes sit on the side of the tower without reaction instead of breathing fire through the gap. This can be fixed by reloading the game.
  •  PC   360   Occasionally during the quest "Alduin's Bane", when fighting Alduin at the Throat of the World he may be completely invincible to all attacks. This can be fixed by reloading to a previous save.
    • This bug may be avoided by not directly attacking Alduin prior to him becoming hostile.

Appearances

References

Notice: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Seven Fights of the Aldudagga

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