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"The heart of Skyrim, Whiterun bids you welcome. For travelers we offer a place of rest..."
Description in Arena

Whiterun also known as the Jewel of the North[1] is a large city located in central Skyrim near the White River. The Gildergreen Tree grows in the center of town.



Whiterun is was built around the abandoned Skyforge along with the Jorrvaskr, which became the headquarters of the Companions. The city is divided into three districts with unique distinctions. The Plains District is where the marketplace, inn, and forge are located. The Wind District is where also the Residential District in Whiterun. The Cloud District is where the fortress, Dragonsreach is located. There is only one entrance in Whiterun and that's in the eastern section in the plains district.


Known DishesEdit


Merethic EraEdit

After the death of Ysgramor, Jeek of the River built the Jorrvaskr Mead Hall near the Skyforge which inadvertently founded the city of Whiterun[3].

First EraEdit

During the first era, a dragon named Numinex was ravaging the province of Skyrim. At the same time, the War of Succession has occurred in Skyrim where each hold fought to usurp the High King throne. A skillful warrior named Olaf One-Eye promised the people of Whiterun that if he captured Numinex, then the people must name him Jarl of Whiterun. After a devastating battle at the Mount Anthor Summit, One-Eye was named Jarl of Whiterun, built Dragonsreach in the Cloud District, and captured Numinex. The War of Succession ended when Jarl Olaf One-Eye was named High King of Skyrim.[4]

Second EraEdit

During the youth of Queen Barenziah, she fled Darkmoor with an orphan stable named Straw to the city of Whiterun. The two of them then hitch a ride to the city of Riften[5].

Whiterun was invaded by the daedric forces of Molag Bal prior to the Alliance War.[6]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Whiterun (Arena)
Whiterun (Arena)

Whiterun circa 3E 399

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.

In the late third era, Jsashe the Witch-Queen ruled the kingdom and the local Witches Coven. She was a self-proclaimed priestess of Lorkhan.[7]

Fourth EraEdit

Main article: Whiterun (Skyrim)
The Wind District Whiterun Skyrim

Whiterun circa 4E 201

During the Skyrim Civil War, the Last Dragonborn visited the city on behalf of Riverwood. The Dragonborn asked if the then Jarl Balgruuf the Greater could send guards to protect the town. Jarl Balgruuf asked the Dragonborn to speak with the court wizard who then tasked the Dragonborn to go to Bleak Falls Barrow to retrieve the Dragonstone. Later, the Dragonborn was issued to investigate a dragon attack at the Western Watchtower. It was there that the Dragonborn found that they were Dragonborn. Much time later, the Dragonborn returns to Whiterun seeking the Jarl's help again. This time, they want to use Dragonsreach as a means to capture a dragon who can help them find Alduin. After capturing Odahviing, the Dragonborn went to Skuldafn to finally kill Alduin.

Whiterun remains neutral in the Skyrim Civil War, however it does garner support from the Imperial Legion.



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

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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. Go Blades

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