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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[src]

TESV Sound Alduin

Alduin (Dovahzul: ALDUIN), the World Eater (also known as the Nordic God of Destruction and wrongly considered an alternative name of Akatosh by most of Tamriel), is a dragon and the primary antagonist of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Main Quest.

He was first removed from Tamriel through the use of the last resort of the ancient Nord heroes who used an Elder Scroll to force Alduin to become lost in time and hopefully never return. However, he was instead sent forward to the Fourth Era, to the timeline of events in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Alduin's triumph would ensure Nirn's destruction.

Interactions

Unbound

During the executions, Alduin will be flying above Helgen, and his roars can be faintly heard. Once you are 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 your escape from the village and into Helgen Keep, he will be seen fighting a number of Imperial soldiers, and may land and attack you in front of the keep if you do 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

After travelling to the Kynesgrove Dragon Mound with Delphine, Alduin will appear and resurrect Sahloknir. He will leave him to kill you and Delphine, then fly away.

Alduin's Bane

In the vision of the past seen through the Time Wound, Felldir the Old will use an Elder Scroll to banish Alduin further in time. After witnessing the vision, Alduin will appear and attack you and Paarthurnax. Upon his defeat, he will not be killed, and flies away.

Dragonslayer

With Felldir, Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, and Hakon One-Eye in Sovngarde, you must defeat Alduin and fulfill the prophecy. Once he is killed, he will burst into pieces and dissolve in a painful blaze.

Identity

Alduins Fire

Concept art of Alduin breathing fire.

Comparisons with Akatosh

Scholars speculate that Alduin is the Nordic name attributed to Akatosh. [1][2] One source states that Alduin and Akatosh are very different deities entirely.[3] Because Akatosh's invocation appears as a Dragon, he is attributed as their "father." Playing off this, Alduin proclaimed himself as the "First-Born of Akatosh!"[4]

According to Paarthurnax, Alduin's peers considered him the most acclaimed creation of Akatosh. Alduin basked in arrogance at these accolades. In favor of conquering Mundus for himself and his fellow dragons, he forsook his "proper role" as World-Eater.[5] Additionally, Akatosh is considered the chief deity of the Nine Divines pantheon; Alduin, on the other hand, is not the chief deity of the Nordic pantheon. This title is reserved for Shor, God of the Underworld, who reigns over Sovngarde.[1]

Deification

Admired for his ferocity and feared for his power, Alduin served as a point of worship to the Ancient Nordic people. Superficially, Alduin represents the anti-pantheon of the Nine Divines, figures of creation and love. Embodying their counterpart, Alduin is depicted as a ravaging firestorm that destroyed the last world to begin the current, one who promises to herald the apocalypse or total annihilation of Nirn again.[1]

Legend

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]
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Alduin, shouting Fire Breath.

The prophecy of Alduin is foretold on Alduin's Wall, located at Sky Haven Temple, the last refuge of the Blades. The wall prophesies a bloody civil unrest will occur after the murder of the High King of Skyrim as well as the destruction of Tamriel. It is said that only a Dragonborn can defeat the enraged god Alduin by harnessing the power of the dragon in the form of Dragon Shouts to ultimately destroy him in one final battle of titanic proportions, restoring peace to the land of Skyrim and Tamriel at large. He calls himself the first-born of Akatosh, which would mean he is actually separate from Akatosh, but still Alduin's Death related to him. He feels it is his birthright to dominate the world with his dragons.

History

Alduin Concept Art (Skyrim)

Concept art of Alduin.

Alduin was the first dragon among many that ruled over men and mer. The dragons viewed humanity as a lesser species, and kept a tyrannical hold on mankind, but soon, in an event known as The Dragon War, men stood up to their dragon overlords. They were almost effortlessly driven back by the dragons. But with the help of Kynareth and the traitor dragon Paarthurnax, who held sympathy for mankind, humanity learned how to use the Voice (Dragon Language), and began to push back. On the Throat of the World, Alduin was defeated, but not killed. Instead, with an Elder Scroll, Alduin was sent forward in time, and would not return until the beginning of the Fourth Era.

After Delphine, the last of the Blades discovered the Dragonborn of the Fourth Era, she helped them discover from Paarthurnax that the key to Alduin's defeat was the Dragonrend shout. Septimus Signus, an expert on Elder Scrolls, helped the Dragonborn locate an Elder Scroll in Alftand, which the Dragonborn used atop the Throat of the World to view the memory of Alduin's initial defeat. Attracted by the power of the scroll, Alduin appeared at the site. Together with Paarthurnax, the Dragonborn weakened Alduin, who eventually fled the battle.

The Dragonborn finally defeats Alduin in Sovngarde, alongside the three other heroes of Sovngarde: Hakon One-Eye, Felldir the Old, and Gormlaith Golden-Hilt. Thus, Alduin is banished from the world forever, although Arngeir and Paarthurnax theorize he may return in the future to fulfill his destiny as the World-Eater.

Dragon language

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

Concept Art

Screenshots

Trivia

  • The name "Alduin" translates to "Destroy-Devour-Master".
  • Alduin is voiced by Daniel Riordan.[6]
  • 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  , 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

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