Borgas as he appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Borgas of Winterhold was High King of Skyrim in the First Era and the last of the Ysgramor Dynasty.[1]

He is perhaps best known for outlawing the old Nordic pantheon of deities,[2] and for being one of Marukh's chief supporters.[3] He is also believed to have been the last monarch to wear the legendary Jagged Crown.[4]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Borgas was killed during the Wild Hunt of 1E 369 as he traveled to Cyrodiil to urge a joint war against the Bosmer.[5][3] His body was secretly returned to Skyrim and buried with the crown in the Nordic tomb of Korvanjund.[4]

Following his death, a Moot was held to determine his successor. Supposedly, Jarl Hanse was the obvious choice for succession, however the Moot's failure to appoint him High King ultimately led to the War of Succession.[1]

The Fourth Era[edit | edit source]

In 4E 201, Galmar Stone-Fist learned of his place of burial while on a search for the Jagged Crown. The Dragonborn was sent to retrieve the crown from Korvanjund where a skirmish between Imperial and Stormcloak soldiers took place. Deep within the ruin, old king Borgas was found slumped on a throne wearing the crown - his ancient corpse having taken the form of a powerful Draugr.[6]

A plaque dedicated to him can be found outside the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm. Borgas is wearing the full Ancient Nordic Armor, and has an Ancient Nord Greatsword.

References[edit | edit source]

High King of Skyrim
Gellir 1E ??? - 1E 369 Olaf One-Eye
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