"Thou art welcome in Elinhir, guardian of the West. Many name this home. Be cautious, lest ye draw their wrath upon thy heads..."
―Description in Arena[src]

Elinhir, otherwise known as the City of Mages and the Guardian of the West,[OOG 1] is a city that stood the test of time throughout Hammerfell's history. It is also known to be the home of Phrastus of Elinhir.



Elinhir is one of the biggest cities in Northern Hammerfell. Competing with the likes of Sentinel and Hallin's Stand. Despite this, there is only one entrance which is one the northern end of the city. From there, one will enter the town's square and after that the city disperses into several directions. The east and west end of the city are anchored with large towers. In the southern end of the city lies a large Nedic Apex Tower standing proud over the city. It can be assumed that this is the seat of power in Elinhir.[2]


  • The Redguard youth of Elinhir celebrate the New Life Festival with a gift exchange where people are given lascivious presents anonymously. The receiver must then guess who their "Secret Sanguine" is.[OOG 2]


First EraEdit

Ryain Direnni managed to conquer territories as far east as the cities of Elinhir and Markarth.[3]

In the late first era, the city of Elinhir was ruled by Governor Pomptinus during the reign of the Reman Empire. At this point in time, the Elinhir Sewerworks were built underneath the city.[4]

Second EraEdit

Main article: Elinhir (Online)

Jorunn the Skald-King studied for artistic and philosophical pursuits in cities including Elinhir, Mournhold, Stormhold, and Sutch.[5]

In the early years of the second era, Felix Augustus and his group of rogue mages arrived to the city in order to reach the Apex Tower atop the city. However, the mayor refused to give it up and as a result, the mages struck a deal with the Iron Orcs in the North and took control of the city. Under an agreement with the locals, the mages would protect Elinhir as long as the people supported their academy of magic.[6]

During the Alliance War, the denizens of Craglorn began to change. The Serpent constellation began to influence the region. The Celestial corrupted the Mages' Apex Stone which caused chaos within the realm. Atronachs turned rogue and many people in the surrounding region turned into Spellfiends, this included the Blackcaster Mages and their then leader Yamanu-ko. Luckily, the Vestige and a few like minded individuals ventured through the city of Elinhir, defeated Yamanu-ko at the Apex Tower, and cleaned the Mages' Apex Stone. Thus saving the city.[7]

In 2E 864, Redguards in Elinhir were known for having a taste in Colovian fashion and taste.[8]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Elinhir (Arena)

During the Imperial Simulacrum, the Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city in their quest for a piece of the Staff of Chaos.

When the eastern Crowns cities did not aid the Forebear cities from the Camoran Usurper in 3E 253, the Forebears didn't help the Crown cities in the War of Bend'r-Mahk.[9]

A High Prophet from Elinhir named Ayaan-si called for members of the Crowns Faction to rebel against King Lhotun of Sentinel. Her rebellion has financed multiple forays ranging across the Hammerfell Iliac Bay. More specifically, from Bergama to Dak'fron.[9]


  • When Arena was going to be a Tournament based game, Elinhir's team was known as the Blackcasters.[OOG 1]

By gameEdit


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. 1.0 1.1 Go Blades
  2. New Life Festival Interview - Part 2