In Skyrim I find more of the thrill of exploration, which it shares with Morrowind and Fallout. Few fantasy RPGs reach the pinnacle of world building that Skyrim achieves. We can go back to Ultima and Baldur's Gate for more lore and dungeon inspiration as well.
Skyrim is a rich experience that draws upon a huge amount of fantasy games stretching back into the 80s. In some ways, it is the culmination of intriguing but less appealing earlier attempts.
Where do you see Skyrim in the RPG timeline? What games do you think most inspired the design and what worlds most closely mirror Tamriel? How does the game fit into the historical context and, most importantly, how does it rank among the greatest RPGs in history?