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Giveaway! Elder Scrolls Lore Quotes

Gaiden Shinji says that, “the best techniques are passed on by the survivors.” The best quotes are passed on by cool folks like you.

Comment on this post with your favorite Elder Scrolls lore quote, and get entered into a random drawing for cool prizes! One winner will receive one set of Elder Scrolls character pins, and another lucky person will get their choice of an Elder Scrolls game from Good Old Games!

Submitted quotes can also become part of the website’s random quote selection in the header. Winners will be randomly drawn on October 1st.

Here’s a few of our staff’s selections to get you guys started:

"And dragons were just stories. And the elves once ruled Skyrim. Just because something is, doesn't mean it must be." — Eorlund Gray-Mane

-Tailin Sero, Assistant Librarian

“Wake Up. We're Here. Why are you shaking? Are you ok? Wake up. Stand up. There you go. You were dreaming. What's your name?” — Jiub

- Xui

The 36 Lessons of Vivec contain a section where Vivec has to destroy eight monsters that he has unwittingly released upon the world. When he sets out to kill the last and mightiest monster, he takes along Nerevar, his friend and commander. The creature turns out to be an unassuming mortal who accepts death willingly. Nerevar is confused at this. Why would Vivec need his help if he knew the creature would not resist? The dialogue continues as follows:

Vivec said, 'I brought you here because I knew the mightiest of my issue would succumb to Muatra without argument, if only I gave him consolation first.'

Nerevar looked at Vivec for a long time.

Vivec understood. 'Say the words, Hortator.'

Nerevar said, 'Now I am the mightiest of your children.'

- Adanorcil, librarian 2006 - 2017


"The dunes of time are ever shifting. Kings rise and fall, cities are razed and rebuilt, alliances are forged and broken - but honor, glory... legend remains." — Throne Keeper Farvad

-Stygies VIII, Assistant Librarian since 2017

"If you must be stupid, at least be amusing." — Sotha Sil

"Amazing, the ability to infer significance in something devoid of detail!" — Vivec

- B

"We make a special trip just for you. Same low price." I heard that one about a thousand times over a one year period and something about it always sticks with me.

- Pilaf_The_Defiler, one-time Librarian and Balmora Bandit

Joined: 09/21/2018

"In the waning years of the
Third Era of Tamriel,
a prisoner born on a certain day
to uncertain parents was sent
under guard, without explanation, to Morrowind,
ignorant of the role he was
to play in that nation's history…"

- Introduction to Morrowind (describes us as the player, not just the hero)

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Joined: 09/21/2018

"Fool? Visionary! Change is in the air, Thadon. Breathe it deep, bathe in its scent! Bottle it up, save some for later." - Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of Madness

Joined: 09/21/2018

Obviously you know to fall feet first with your body straight but loose to avoid cracking like an egg.

Said by a Grinning Khajiiti in Eslaf Erol Series THIEF By Reven

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Joined: 04/05/2017

"How remarkable. I may well be the first Imperial Admiral to surrender at this altitude." — Richton

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Joined: 12/23/2017

And quoth the Emperor in a secret meeting in the darkest dark of the dead of night, the classic understatement that launches the game of Daggerfall ...

"I have one other, lesser request. Several years ago I sent a letter to Lysandus' Queen Mynisera. She now informs me that she never received it. The message was of a sentimental and personal nature. If you would find the letter and destroy it, I would be most relieved."


Joined: 07/09/2018

"So of course a giant bug appeared, with the greatest eastern wizard inside it." - 36 Lessons, Sermon 26. 

This is such a fine quote (especially if isolated) because of the rather casual "of course" - goes without saying that an eastern wizard appears in a giant bug. 14 words to capture the weirdness and alien perspective of Morrowind.




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Joined: 08/12/2017

"You mortals love to take a pebble of information and construct entire realms of conjecture upon it."

—Haskiil, "Interview With Two Denizens of the Shivering Isles"

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Joined: 01/26/2018

"Imagine a Daedric Prince who can exert influence throughout the multiverse at the exact same moment in time. Nocturnal could become infinite.
If she accomplishes that, then her power would multiply accordingly. She would be... without limits."

-Sotha Sil

With a single word, Loremaster Schick does "canon" right.

Joined: 09/27/2018

"You are bold. I honor your independence. You are one to teach the gods their limits. I hope the bards will praise the glory of your death in song."

-Dagoth Ur

Joined: 07/14/2010

"Each Event is preceded by Prophecy. But without the Hero, there is no Event."
- Zurin Arctus

Yeah, pretty simple, although it's always the first thing that comes to mind whenever the quotes are discussed.

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Joined: 01/29/2018

Better late than never. I've had a lot of epic laughs while I was saving Battlespire, so here's a quote for ya (try talking to a vermai for this):

"HNNNRRGH yourself and see how you like it!"

As for more lore-ish quotes, my favourite is probably one from Sheo-go-Ted Himself (and I wouldn't have had a pleasure of getting it without you guys :3 )

"i Myself hAve Never visiTEd aetherius, nor have any of you, but Legend has it that it’s a LANd where logiC and Reason reign Under a Xiphoid sky."