Alduin (Dovahzul: ), the World Eater, also considered an alternative name of Akatosh by some of Tamriel, 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. He is also described as the "creator of dragon civilization" in one particular text.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IdentityScholars speculate that Alduin is the Nordic name attributed to Akatosh. One source states that Alduin and Akatosh are different deities entirely. Alduin calls himself the "First-Born of Akatosh!" 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.
Nordic myth asserts that Alduin destroyed the last world to begin this one. 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.
During the Merethic Era, the people of Atmora and Skyrim worshiped dragons, possibly at the urging of Alduin. He also conspired with Orkey to reduce all the Nords to children, until he was again defeated by Shor. Some consider that Alduin's rule during this period was foresaking his proper role as the World-Eater. Alduin served as a leader of the dragons, and he ruled with an iron fist. The humans either worshiped him or were enslaved. 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.
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. 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.
- The name "Alduin" translates to "Destroy-Devour-Master".
- Alduin is voiced by Daniel Riordan.
- 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.
This section contains bugs related to Alduin. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- 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.
- Throat of the World he may be completely invincible to all attacks. This can be fixed by reloading to a previous save.
Occasionally during the quest "Alduin's Bane", when fighting Alduin at the
- This bug may be avoided by not directly attacking Alduin prior to him becoming hostile.
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- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends (Heroes of Skyrim)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Varieties of Faith in the Empire
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Alduin/Akatosh Dichotomy
- ↑ Shalidor's Insight
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Alduin is Real
- ↑ "Alduin's Bane" – Dialogue with Alduin
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dialogue with Paarthurnax
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Five Songs of King Wulfharth
- ↑ Atlas of Dragons
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- ↑ Annals of the Dragonguard — Brother Annulus
- ↑ Book of the Dragonborn — Prior Emelene Madrine
- ↑ Alduin (Character) from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) (VG). Internet Movie database.
- ↑ Dragon Skull Parchment