High King Torygg was the Jarl of Solitude and High King of Skyrim until his death at the hands of Ulfric Stormcloak. He ruled from an unknown date until 4E 201. He was the husband of Jarl Elisif, the current Jarl of Solitude.
Ascension and reignEdit
Before his ascension to the throne, Torygg's father, Istlod, was High King for nearly twenty-five years. Upon Istlod's death, the Moot elected Torygg High King of Skyrim. Torygg was said by some to have a close connection with the Empire, and praised them frequently, others claim that he sympathized with the Stormcloaks and would have seceded from the Empire if Ulfric Stormcloak had merely asked. Torygg, however, was crowned High King after the signing of the White-Gold Concordat. High King Torygg would reign over Skyrim until his death at the hands of Ulfric Stormcloak, in 4E 201. Since he was never publicly vocal regarding the controversy of the White-Gold Concordat, no one knew his true political views and those closest to him described his political leanings complicated. Even so, many interpreted his silence during the signing of the White-Gold Concordat and its subsequent enforcement as alleged contentment of its policies and resented him for it.
In 4E 201, Torygg was killed by Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm, in a challenge over the leadership of Skyrim. According to Ulfric, he used the power of the Thu'um to shout Torygg to the ground and then finished him with his sword in front of the entire court.
Ulfric and his supporters maintain that it was a formal one-on-one duel in the "Old Nord Way" and thus should not be considered murder, whereas many others in Skyrim believe it was murder. However, Jorunn the Skald-King contradicts this, since he had a traditional duel with his brother. According to Jorunn, the victor of the duel gets to rule, while the loser gets banished, meaning that the loser would survive the fight.
Torygg was married to Elisif the Fair, who took up the position of Jarl of Solitude after his death. The position of High King is still in dispute and awaits the Moot's decision.
Through dialogue with his former court members and Elisif, the Dragonborn discovers he respected Ulfric Stormcloak. Sybille Stentor even states that Torygg might have stood up against the Empire if Ulfric had asked him to. Even so, although Torygg respected Ulfric's call for independence during the Moot to name Torygg High King, it was unlikely he would have led Skyrim to secede from the Empire since he feared Skyrim could not defeat the Third Aldmeri Dominion alone and did not want to see the Empire Tiber Septim built fall apart. After his death, he is still respected by Imperial loyalists. To Stormcloaks and proud Talos worshipers however, Torygg is viewed as a puppet king of the Empire who betrayed them for the Empire's good graces. They celebrate Torygg's death in the duel against Ulfric Stormcloak as a symbol of rebellion against what they consider the corruption of the Empire and the Thalmor.
- "When Ulfric Stormcloak, with savage Shout, sent me here, my sole regret was fair Elisif, left forlorn and weeping."
- The unique apparel worn by Torygg is called embroidered garments. They are unobtainable via normal means. However, his steel sword is pickpocketable when he is met in Sovngarde.