"We bid you enter Snowhawk, where the wind is as sharp as its talons and as fierce as its name..."
―Description in Arena[src]

Snowhawk or Fort Snowhawk is a city-state located in the region of Hjaalmarch, which is located in the province of Skyrim. Snowhawk was originally one of the eight major cities in Skyrim, but had lost power. Fort Snowhawk would eventually serve as the military bulwark for Morthal.

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Fort Snowhawk is located west of the city-state of Morthal, which is the capital of Hjaalmarch. The layout of Snowhawk city is largely unknown. As time went on, Snowhawk devolved into a rundown fortress. Fort Snowhawk sports the typical layout of a regional bulwark, thought the central keep is in the middle of the fort, as opposed to the wall. The northern tower in Snowhawk leads to the prison, which connects to the keep through a bridge. Fort Snowhawk is also situated on the main road between Morthal and Dragon Bridge, and also where the Drajkmyr Marsh meets the Karth River Forest. The western wall holds both the stables and the smithy. Some of the stone walls had fallen into disrepair, prompting the freeloaders in the Fort to building wooden walls, which are not as sturdy.


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  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the New Life Festival on the 1st of Morning Star. It is a day of celebration where the drinks are free and people party in the streets all day. It truly is, a day of merriment.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the South Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Morning Star. It is a day to pray to the Gods for a bountiful harvest, and it is for citizens who cannot afford to heal from the local temple to get healed from an ailment.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate Heart's Day on the 16th of Sun's Dawn. It is in honor of a legend passed down from generation to generation about a couple named Polydor and Eloisa. Every Inn in Tamriel become free for visitors arriving into town.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the First Planting on the 7th of First Seed. It is the day that begins the harvest, where neighbors reconcile their difference, bad habits are dropped, and the clerics heal people for free.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the Second Planting on the 7th of Second Seed. The holiday is ideally the same holiday as First Planting, to improve one’s soul, and to improve relationships with others.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the Mid Year Celebration on the 16th of Mid Year. A day to distract everyone from the increased taxes. It is a day celebrating the halfway mark in the year, where many warriors feel blessed and venture to dungeons they normally cannot defeat.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the Merchant's Festival on the 10th of Sun's Height. It is a day that benefits the consumer in the market. Traders and Gypsies drop the prices on their stock. The only place that does not celebrate it is the Mages Guild. This is the same day as the Summoning of Boethiah.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate Sun's Rest on the 20th of Sun's Height. It is a day when the workers of Tamriel take a day to relax, businesses across town are closed in observance of this day. Some people have to have to leave the province to actually buy something.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate Harvest's End on the 27th of Last Seed. It is the final day of the harvest, and it is where the people eat the crops they have grown since the First Planting. Travelers are given the option to join a farmer’s family for a feast.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate Tales and Tallows on the 3rd of Hearthfire. It is the day of superstition where the elderly do not speak for an entire day, in fear of evil spirits entering their body. The Mages of Tamriel favor this day since it is a day to study the oldest forms of magic.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day where the creepy ghouls and creatures of the night gather to terrorize the denizens of Tamriel. Many have not dared to wander the streets at night, in fear of being nabbed by a creature.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the Warriors Festival on the 20th of Sun's Dusk. It is a day where many warriors gather to practice their fighting prowess. Travelers by weapons in stores since their price's drop by half. Young children foolishly buy weapons, only to stab themselves by mistake.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the North Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Evening Star. It serves as a thanksgiving to the Gods for the year's harvest. It is a day when the local temples heal and bless anyone for a lower price.[OOG 1]
  • The Nords of Snowhawk celebrate the Old Life Festival on the 31st of Evening Star. It is a day of rest, where many leave the events of the passing year behind and to reflect their past. They rest for the New Life Festival.[OOG 1]


Third EraEdit

Main article: Snowhawk (Arena)

During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was imprisoned along with Talin Warhaft in the Deadlands by Jagar Tharn. Tharn planned for months to capture the throne, and he was able to achieve so in ten years. Tharn had a powerful weapon called the Staff of Chaos, and he split it into nine pieces and scattered them across Tamriel, the staff was the only thing keeping Uriel Septim and Warhaft in Oblivion. A warrior escaped his clutches and traveled all corners of Tamriel to retrieve the missing pieces. The hero was known as the Eternal Champion, and he assembled the staff and defeated Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city of Snowhawk in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Snowhawk was under the rule of King Tarben. It was around this time, a small settlement was located in the outskirts of Snowhawk.[1][2]

Fourth EraEdit

Main article: Fort Snowhawk

During the Skyrim Civil War in 4E 201, the fortress of Snowhawk was occupied by the Necromancers of the region, losing the significance it once had before the war. In response to the Stormcloaks, the Imperial Legion had begun to take arms, garnering help throughout West Skyrim. The Legion retook Fort Snowhawk from the local Necromancers, using it as a bulwark against the Stormcloaks from the Old Holds. At one point or the other, Fort Snowhawk was occupied by the Stormcloaks when they advanced into Hjaalmarch. It is unknown how long they garnered control but regardless, Fort Amol has generally been territory under the Imperial Legion of West Skyrim. Fort Snowhawk was the center of militaristic control in Hjaalmarch Hold.[3]



  • In an earlier stage of development, The Elder Scrolls: Arena was going to be a tournament-based game, each city was going to have their gladiatorial team that would fight other groups. Snowhawk's team was known as the Frost Demons.[OOG 2]



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.
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  2. Go Blades!