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How long do Elves live

  • I know Elves live like double or triple the life span of men but how long do they actually live?

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    • I heard that elves can live more than 1 thousand years. Haven't been confirmed yet.

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    • If thats how long they live if you played a high elf in arena then you should still get to play as him in skyrim and maybe Elder Scrolls 6

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    • I forget her name B something, but I'm pretty sure the former Dunmer Queen's books say ALL elves can live a thousands years. Whether that is true for elves of mixed blood, for example a breton/altmer and a altmer having a baby, I'm not sure. 

      Remember though that life can be VERY dangerous in practically all of Tamriel. The chances out living to be 1000 are probably as likely as it is for humans to make it to the 70-100 range. Disease, death, hard living, etc can still shape elven lives. 

      I'm pretty sure the rich elves might live longer than 1000 because they ahve usually a much higher standard of living and are probably safe,and we saw a Dunmer wizard in Morrowind that was what like 4000 years old? 

      Elves can possibly, the key word possibly, live up to around a 1000. I doubt many do though.

      Also I'm pretty sure we meet a female Dunmer in Skyrim who is living on a farm with her sister in Riften area. She is an alchmist I believe and knew Sinderion from Oblvion. Anywho she was alive when the red moutain exploded and trained under Sinderion so she HAS to be from somewhere in the 3rd era. She is by Skyrim time at LEAST 200 something and still seems/looks young to me.  

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    • It hasn't been confirmed yet, but I have always thought as an average lifespan:

      Altmer: 350

      Dunmer: 275

      Bosmer: 150

      Orsimer: 100

      These are merely assumptions, and are my guesses for NATURAL lifespans. So a Mer that is adept in magic could possibly live to be a thousand or more, just as a human mage could live for a few centuries or more. But anything regarding the lifespan of any race has yet to be made official.

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    • According to Queen Barenziah some can live to a thousand years naturally, but most don't. But then you got over 2 millenia old codgers like Divayth Fyr.

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    • there really isn't a specific piece of material stating how long Elves truly live. they are a mythical race and are not subject to the physical laws that govern the lifespans of Man. if you use (LOTR) standards every 100 years to men equals 1 year to elves, Lord Elrond was over 3,000 years old and at the battle of Mordor when men lost their strength. Elves are not immortal, just have abnormally long lifespans... but they can still die by any weapon which can kill a man.

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    • I swear in the Skyrim:Dawnguard DLC there is a snow elf, and snow elves were thought to be extinct 100's of years ago as they turned into Falmer, sure that bloke is probably ancient to be fair

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    • Aeder96 wrote:
      It hasn't been confirmed yet, but I have always thought as an average lifespan:

      Altmer: 350

      Dunmer: 275

      Bosmer: 150

      Orsimer: 100

      These are merely assumptions, and are my guesses for NATURAL lifespans. So a Mer that is adept in magic could possibly live to be a thousand or more, just as a human mage could live for a few centuries or more. But anything regarding the lifespan of any race has yet to be made official.

      I don't think Orcs live that long, you know the "Old Orc seeking an Honorable Death" in Skyrim? He look like he was 45 XD

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    • Barenziah lived from the days of Tiber Septim till the days of Uriel Septim VII. Knight Paladin Gelebor (the Snow Elf) in Skyrim claims to have been present when Ysgramor invaded Skyrim; so that would be roughly 3500 to 4000 years old.

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    • 77.96.253.9 wrote:
      I swear in the Skyrim:Dawnguard DLC there is a snow elf, and snow elves were thought to be extinct 100's of years ago as they turned into Falmer, sure that bloke is probably ancient to be fair

      THE SNOW ELVES WERE VAMPIRES, KINDA DOESN'T COUNT CONSIDERING THEIR IMMORTAL, NOT JUST LIVING LONG LIVES.

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    • I MEANT THE SNOW ELVES IN DAWNGUARD, THEY WERE VAMPIRES, NOT SNOW ELVES IN GENERAL. SORRY FOR THE DOUBLE POST.

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    • Knight Paladin Gelebor did not become a vampire, he was still a pure elf. There are a few instances of elfs living into the thousands of years, most kept extra healthy by magikal means. Orgnum, divath fyr, Mannimarco, and Vanus Galerian, and Barenziah are a few I can think of off the top of my head. It seems the more magically inclined a particular race of elf is the longer their lifes.

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    • Master Neloth Dragonborn is exactly the same since Morrowind meaning he's over 200 years old, this could be attributed to the fact that he's a powerful wizard or that he is living the average age of a dunmer, plus he refers to Decades as though they were months, i think it's safe to speculate he's around 300ish

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    • As long as Ysgramor allows them to live. Seriously though, it seems they live for around two centuries, with mages who enhance their lives with magicka live maybe up to a century longer.

      As for the Snow Elves, the last known surviving member serves Auri-El, for all we don't know that might come with some nifty perks like immortality.

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    • Saratje wrote:
      As long as Ysgramor allows them to live. Seriously though, it seems they live for around two centuries, with mages who enhance their lives with magicka live maybe up to a century longer.

      As for the Snow Elves, the last known surviving member serves Auri-El, for all we don't know that might come with some nifty perks like immortality.

      I actually really like that theory about Gelebor.

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    • Damm you bethesda for no actual facts!

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    • There's numbers out there somewhere, the Dunmer live the lengthiest of the Mer, I believe.  There's actually a guy doing a pretty awesome lore series on YouTube, check out ShoddyCast (might be two words).  He's well-spoken, well-informed, and flows from one to the next easily.  Each video isn't over 20 minutes, so it's a great watch one now, one later kind of series.  He talks a little about age in his Dunmer video.

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    • with out magic a dunmer lives roughly over 300 years and that is the longest natural life span. with magic some extended that seemingly indefinetely. Barenziah would have been 800+ years old during the oblivion crisis. if she was not killed by the thalmor(unlikely) during skryim she would have been 1000+. ages are rough cause no actual birth date is given. She is also very magical and patient, having survived the entire septim line which third era was 843 years long.

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    • My god I love Shoddycast! woot!

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    • Generally, most elves live to be 80-100 years old. Some can live up to 200 years, but elves living for 300 years or more are most likely using some form of necromancy to stay alive, or keep their bodies at least.

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    • I doubt that. Most elves that are less than 100 are usally considered children (or inexperienced)

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    • 180.95.18.10 wrote:
      I doubt that. Most elves that are less than 100 are usally considered children (or inexperienced)

      Zenimax and Bethesda both said that. Something along the lines of "An elf that lives for 100 years is experienced. An elf that lives for 200 years is old. And elf any older than that has used magic or necromancy to stay among the living"

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    • The strange thing the elf queen Ayrenn in TESO is 26.

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    • I think Bethesda should offically confirm the lifespan of the different races of elves. It would be nice knowing that a meeting with my blade isnt the only form death for them.

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    • Lol so this is going to be some in-depth Lore coming from me, so heads up it’s a bit of a read.

      It stated very clearly in one of the books in Skyrim, about Queen Barenziah (while she was in Riften), that elves COULD (could being the important word) live up to 1000 years. In retrospect, considering they apparently use to be immortal a 1000-5000 year old lifespan is nothing. Maybe to humans who live probably only live 80-100 years tops.

      I took this as meaning that any pure-blood elf (regular normal elves) who can avoid getting sick, being exposed to fatal violence (which is kinda hard in Tamriel lol), and could avoid extremely hard living (like mining for a millennia) could reach 1000 years. Now take a wealthy elf into account, like Barenziah, who doesn't have to have a hard living, avoids disease, and violence and they probably can live possibly 1000 to 2000 years (in fact if she didn’t die in the Red Year Barenziah would be 638 years old by 4E 201 when the events of TES: Skyrim takes place). Finally, eleven mages have been known to live up to (Divayth Fyr is the oldest presented in Game/Lore) 4000 years. Divayth Fyr being 4000 in 3E 427 (when Morrowind takes place) would definitely mean he was born during the probably late Merethic Era.

      Then we meet Gelebor in TES: Skyrim/Dawngaurd who is closer to 5000 years old. The 1st through 4th Era’s combined is 4450 years as of 4E 201, so Gelebor is older than that and still appears/sounds middle aged to upper aged (to me at least). While it’s possible that he could have been granted immortality from Auri-El, this isn’t ever stated to be the case. It is stated that he is going to guard the chantry till he dies which could imply he faces a natural death aka old age. Perhaps the Snow Elves are more closely related to the Aldmer than the other modern elven races? For all we know, Aldmer (first elves) could have lived anywhere in-between 1000-10,000 years, maybe more. It’s also interesting to note that Gelebor is not a mage character, but rather a warrior and yet he is so old. This makes me very curious about the mysterious Snow Elves and the Falmer (do they live as long?).

      In the end, what we know is that normal modern race elves (the regular NPC’s in-game like Skyrim: Taarie) can possibly live to 1000 years old. Rich elves can possibly live longer than that, elven mages can live possibly up to 4000+ years, and certain races of Mer or perhpas I should say Mer closer related to the Aldmer such as the Snow Elves seem to live at least 4450 years.

      What I’m curious about are “Half-elves” and Bretons. I know Bretons and Half-elves are said to age similarly (as is stated about Emperor Cassynder Septim who was the child of a Dunmer mother and Breton father) and that Bretons are frail when old, but do they live longer than the pure human races? Bretons in my mind are ¼ elven so could they live 200-250 years perhaps?

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    • altmer live to be about 1000 or so dunmer live to be about 600-800 but have been known to live longer. bosmer live to be about 400-700. falmer (the civilized kind) can live for 1400-1500 by some accounts others say no more than 700. the dwemer were fairly short lived for elves reaching about 200-300. the orsimer are said to live up to 200-300 as well but this is mainly unconfirmed due to their violent lifestyle and refusal to die old so that most die before their 80

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    • So it it just me or..... has anyone else noticed that M'aiq the liar is well over a thousand years old?

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    • 86.3.170.204 wrote:
      So it it just me or..... has anyone else noticed that M'aiq the liar is well over a thousand years old?


      M'aiq is an easter egg, he doesn't count.

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    • I think its safe to say, judging from all the accounts people have given, that Elves can live between 500-1000 years, which sounds about right for any elf in a mythological/fantasy world

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    • Elven doo live to be much older then humans not as old 110 or 120 is there "i just turned 18" for them atleast by a D&D point of view witch Elderscrolls pulled some lore from(like most fantacy games) so if 110 or 120 is teenage then 700 to 800 would be a more near the top lifespand

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    • According to The Biography of Barenziah she and Symmanchus had been married for several hundred years before they got their first child. And if "hundreds of years" is a relatively appropriate time to wait between getting married to concieving children then I'd say they can get at least a couple of thousand years old. And bear in mind that she's a Dunmer. Altmer, with their focused perfection of breeding the perfect mer race, probably have the potential to age even further. Iachesis, as an example, would be at least 2700 years old. I'd wager about 2000 - 5000 is a relative approximation of mers, most prominently Altmers, lifespan.

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    • What's the average Lifespan of Bretons?

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    • You killed a puppy with everyone of those caps.

      Bretons I would say are 120-150 years as they are a mix between Man and Mer.

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    • I think that's about, right. Since Delphine in skyrim is probably at least 50 ( she was a blade during the great war, which was 30 years ago) and doesn't seem more than late 20 s to mid 30s. So maybe 150 to 200 would be closer. Just wondering how long a Breton/bosmer half blood would live 500-600 maybe?

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    • Teldryn Sero in the Retching Netch mentions having met Saint Jiub, and with around 600 years between Morrowind and skyrim, consindering at the start of Morrowind, Saint Jiub looks young, he could've be anywhere from 100-400 years old. If you can manage to remove Teldryn's helmet, he also looks pretty young. It's possible that Teldryn Sero is anywhere around 300-600 years, give or take. I'm not too sure about when Saint Jiub dies, but it could help refine ideas a bit.

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    • Saint Jiub dies during the Oblivion Crisis in Kvatch.

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    • 86.162.165.41 wrote:
      Teldryn Sero in the Retching Netch mentions having met Saint Jiub, and with around 600 years between Morrowind and skyrim, consindering at the start of Morrowind, Saint Jiub looks young, he could've be anywhere from 100-400 years old. If you can manage to remove Teldryn's helmet, he also looks pretty young. It's possible that Teldryn Sero is anywhere around 300-600 years, give or take. I'm not too sure about when Saint Jiub dies, but it could help refine ideas a bit.

      The events of Morrowind occured only a few years before the Oblivion Crisis. It isn't around 600 years between Morrowind and Skyrim. It's about only 205.

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    • I dont recall who it was, but if my memory hasnt failed me, one of the NPC's you can speak to in the Dragonborn DLC says to you (if you are PLAYING as a Dunmer) that you were too young to remember the explosion of "Red Mountain". This of course means that when that volcano erupted your character (In this case a Dark Elf) was either a baby or a very small child when it happened.

      This is said to happen in 4E5 The so called "Red Year" Dragonborn takes place in 4E201...meaning your character is at least in the 190's

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    • AngryEnclaveSoldier wrote:
      86.3.170.204 wrote:
      So it it just me or..... has anyone else noticed that M'aiq the liar is well over a thousand years old?

      M'aiq is an easter egg, he doesn't count.


      Actually M'aiq says "strangely my father and father's father were also called m'iaq.....


      Leads one to believe that they simply give the reason he is still around.


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    • 'Elves' is bit vague, considering lifespans vary from race to race. Orcs, for example, have a much shorter lifespan than, say, the Altmer. Generally, though, their lifespans can reach a potential of over a thousand years, but few ever reach their maximum potential due to war, disease etc much like humans (particularly in the past). Magic can also help to augment one's lifespan, in the cases of figures like Divayth Fyr.

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    • Here's further proof of Elves having long lifespans, a portion of the backstory of the Elf "Neloth"

      "Prior to the eruption of Red Mountain in 4E 5, Neloth moved from Vvardenfell to Solstheim"

      This would put in somewhere in the late 190 to somewhere up to 250 at most.

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    • 23.117.67.3 wrote:
      Here's further proof of Elves having long lifespans, a portion of the backstory of the Elf "Neloth"

      "Prior to the eruption of Red Mountain in 4E 5, Neloth moved from Vvardenfell to Solstheim"

      This would put in somewhere in the late 190 to somewhere up to 250 at most.


      Neloth is a Telvanni Master Wizard. It's known that the Telvanni use magic to prolong their lifespans, which means that he could be well over 1000 years old at the time of Skyrim.

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    • Barenziah mentions Elves living up to 1000 years meaning that could be a elves natural lifespan and 1000+ years could be from magical influence.

      Gelebor saying he was around when Ysgramor arrived may means thats anywhere from 100 years to 5000 years or even older then humanities prescence in Tamriel. The Snow Elves are an even greater mysterey then the Dwemer, so no one can really say how long they live.

      Generally give most Elves the ability to live 1000 years without a major magical connection but factor in every way to die.

      Which there are 1000s of ways to die. They could even die from a Dragons shit landing on them.

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    • According to the lore I've read Tiber Septim is the oldest known human (atleast at the time of his death at 108. THe average Mer lifespan was around 250-350 the rich can live up to 1000 and the mages can live to at least 4000 maybe almost indefinatly as long as thier sacrifices and spells hold up.

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