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'''Holds''' are the 9 administrative divisions of [[Skyrim]].
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'''Holds''' are the nine administrative divisions of [[Skyrim]], different from each other both in climate and local government.
   
Each of the nine Holds is governed by a [[Jarl]] who resides in the Hold's capital city. The Jarls are largely independent, but swear fealty to Skyrim's [[High King]], who in turn swears fealty to the [[Emperor]].
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Each of the nine Holds is governed by a [[Jarl]] who resides in the Hold's capital city. The Jarls are largely independent, but swear fealty to Skyrim's [[High King]], who in turn swears fealty to the [[Emperor]] upon joining the Septim empire in the late [[Second Era]].
   
Each Hold also employs their own [[Hold Guard (Skyrim)|guards]], who can be identified by the color of their uniform and the Hold symbol they bear on their [[Hold Guard Shields|shields]].
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Each Hold also employs their own [[Hold Guard|guards]], who can be identified by the color of their uniform and the Hold symbol they bear on their [[Hold Guard Shields|shields]].
   
 
Given the independent nature of governance, crimes are tracked independently by each Hold, and a criminal who is wanted in one Hold may have no bounty in another.
 
Given the independent nature of governance, crimes are tracked independently by each Hold, and a criminal who is wanted in one Hold may have no bounty in another.
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==Old Holds==
 
==Old Holds==
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{{Main|Old Holds}}
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[[Winterhold (Skyrim Hold)|Winterhold]], [[Eastmarch]], [[The Rift]] and [[The Pale]] are known collectively as the "Old Holds," and have remained more isolated—not only from a geographic standpoint, but a political one as well, given that they are all initially aligned with the [[Stormcloaks]] during the civil war.<ref>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Skyrim]]''</ref> The Old Holds are bound together in history, as these holds were inhabited by the [[Atmoran|ancient Nords]].
   
[[Winterhold Hold|Winterhold]], [[Eastmarch]], [[The Rift]] and [[The Pale]] are known collectively as the "Old Holds" and have remained more isolated - not only from a geographic standpoint, but a political one as well given that they are all initially aligned with the [[Stormcloaks]] during the civil war <ref>[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition/Skyrim]]</ref>.
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==West Skyrim==
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{{Main|West Skyrim}}
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[[Falkreath Hold|Falkreath]], [[Haafingar]], [[Hjaalmarch]], [[The Reach]], and [[Whiterun Hold|Whiterun]] are all known to be a part of West Skyrim. The Nords of Western Skyrim are known to be progressive and would see an influence from the Empires of [[Cyrodiil]] and other places such as [[High Rock]] or [[Hammerfell]]. These Holds tend to stick with each other in times of war such as during the [[Skyrim Civil War]] and the [[Alliance War]].
   
 
==The Holds of Skyrim==
 
==The Holds of Skyrim==
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{|class="wikitable sortable" width=100%
{| class="wikitable sortable" width=100%
 
 
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! Hold
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!Hold
! Capital
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!Capital
! Jarl
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!Jarl
! Allegiance*
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!Allegiance<ref name="CivilWar" group="note">These can change if the [[Last Dragonborn|Dragonborn]] undertakes the [[Civil War]] questline.</ref>
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!Potential Jarl
 
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| [[Eastmarch]]
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|[[Eastmarch (Skyrim)|Eastmarch]]
| [[Windhelm (Skyrim)|Windhelm]]
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|[[Windhelm (Skyrim)|Windhelm]]
| '''[[Ulfric Stormcloak]]'''*
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|'''[[Ulfric Stormcloak (Skyrim)|Ulfric Stormcloak]]'''
| [[Stormcloaks|Stormcloak]]
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<ref name="High King" group="note">These Jarls claim the title of [[High King]] or [[High Queen|Queen]].</ref>
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|[[Stormcloak]] <ref name="Center" group="note">Eastmarch and Haafingar are the "centers" of their respective factions.</ref>
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|[[Brunwulf Free-Winter]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Falkreath Hold|Falkreath]]
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|[[Falkreath Hold (Skyrim)|Falkreath]]
| [[Falkreath (City)|Falkreath]]
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|[[Falkreath (Skyrim)|Falkreath]]
| [[Siddgeir]]*
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|[[Siddgeir]]
| [[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|[[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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|[[Dengeir of Stuhn]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Haafingar]]
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|[[Haafingar]]
| [[Solitude (Skyrim)|Solitude]]
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|[[Solitude (Skyrim)|Solitude]]
| '''[[Elisif the Fair]]'''
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<ref name="Capital" group="note">Solitude is also the overall capital of Skyrim.</ref>
| [[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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|'''[[Elisif the Fair]]'''
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<ref name="High King" group="note"/>
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|[[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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<ref name="Center" group="note"/>
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| -
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Hjaalmarch]]
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|[[Hjaalmarch]]
| [[Morthal]]
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|[[Morthal (Skyrim)|Morthal]]
| [[Idgrod Ravencrone]]*
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|[[Idgrod Ravencrone]]
| [[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|[[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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|[[Sorli the Builder]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Pale]]
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|[[The Pale]]
| [[Dawnstar (Skyrim)|Dawnstar]]
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|[[Dawnstar (Skyrim)|Dawnstar]]
| [[Skald the Elder]]*
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|[[Skald the Elder]]
| [[Stormcloaks|Stormcloak]]
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|[[Stormcloak]]
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|[[Brina Merilis]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Reach]]
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|[[The Reach]]
| [[Markarth]]
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|[[Markarth (Skyrim)|Markarth]]
| [[Igmund]]*
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|[[Igmund]]
| [[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|[[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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|[[Thongvor Silver-Blood]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Rift]]
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|[[The Rift (Skyrim)|The Rift]]
| [[Riften (Skyrim)|Riften]]
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|[[Riften (Skyrim)|Riften]]
| [[Laila Law-Giver]]*
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|[[Laila Law-Giver]]
| [[Stormcloaks|Stormcloak]]
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|[[Stormcloak]]
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|[[Maven Black-Briar]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Winterhold (Hold)|Winterhold]]
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|[[Whiterun Hold|Whiterun]]
| [[Winterhold (Skyrim)|Winterhold]]
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|[[Whiterun (Skyrim)|Whiterun]]
| [[Korir]]*
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|[[Balgruuf the Greater]]
| [[Stormcloaks|Stormcloak]]
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|Neutral, later [[Imperial Legion (Skyrim)|Imperial]]
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|[[Vignar Gray-Mane]]
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Whiterun Hold|Whiterun]]
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|[[Winterhold (Skyrim Hold)|Winterhold]]
| [[Whiterun (Skyrim)|Whiterun]]
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|[[Winterhold (Skyrim City)|Winterhold]]
| [[Balgruuf the Greater]]*
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|[[Korir]]
| Neutral
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<ref name="CivilWar" group="note"/>
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|[[Stormcloak]]
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|[[Kraldar]]
 
|}
 
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:<small>Jarls in '''bold''' claim the title of [[High King]] or [[High King|Queen]]. </small>
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:<small>'''*''' - can change if the Dragonborn undertakes the [[Skyrim Civil War]] questline. </small>
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==Footnotes==
:<small>'''†''' - Eastmarch and Haafingar are the "centers" of their respective factions. </small>
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<references group=note/>
:<small>'''‡''' - Solitude is also the overall capital of Skyrim. </small>
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==References==
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==Trivia==
{{reflist}}
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*Taking a carriage to a hold that has no stables ([[Falkreath (Skyrim)|Falkreath]], [[Morthal (Skyrim)|Morthal]], [[Dawnstar (Skyrim)|Dawnstar]], and [[Winterhold (Skyrim City)|Winterhold]]) costs 50 {{G}}, whereas those with stables ([[Windhelm (Skyrim)|Windhelm]], [[Solitude (Skyrim)|Solitude]], [[Markarth (Skyrim)|Markarth]], [[Riften (Skyrim)|Riften]], and [[Whiterun (Skyrim)|Whiterun]]) costs 20 {{G}}.
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==See also==
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*[[County]]
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==Appearances==
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*{{Skyrim}}
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{{Refs}}
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[[Category:Skyrim: Holds]]
 
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[[Category:Culture of Skyrim]]
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[[Category:Skyrim: Locations]]
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[[Category:Lore: Regions]]

Latest revision as of 19:53, January 26, 2019

SkyrimMap

Map of Skyrim.

Holds are the nine administrative divisions of Skyrim, different from each other both in climate and local government.

Each of the nine Holds is governed by a Jarl who resides in the Hold's capital city. The Jarls are largely independent, but swear fealty to Skyrim's High King, who in turn swears fealty to the Emperor upon joining the Septim empire in the late Second Era.

Each Hold also employs their own guards, who can be identified by the color of their uniform and the Hold symbol they bear on their shields.

Given the independent nature of governance, crimes are tracked independently by each Hold, and a criminal who is wanted in one Hold may have no bounty in another.

Old HoldsEdit

Main article: Old Holds

Winterhold, Eastmarch, The Rift and The Pale are known collectively as the "Old Holds," and have remained more isolated—not only from a geographic standpoint, but a political one as well, given that they are all initially aligned with the Stormcloaks during the civil war.[1] The Old Holds are bound together in history, as these holds were inhabited by the ancient Nords.

West SkyrimEdit

Main article: West Skyrim

Falkreath, Haafingar, Hjaalmarch, The Reach, and Whiterun are all known to be a part of West Skyrim. The Nords of Western Skyrim are known to be progressive and would see an influence from the Empires of Cyrodiil and other places such as High Rock or Hammerfell. These Holds tend to stick with each other in times of war such as during the Skyrim Civil War and the Alliance War.

The Holds of SkyrimEdit

Hold Capital Jarl Allegiance[note 1] Potential Jarl
Eastmarch Windhelm Ulfric Stormcloak

[note 2]

Stormcloak [note 3] Brunwulf Free-Winter
Falkreath Falkreath Siddgeir

[note 1]

Imperial Dengeir of Stuhn
Haafingar Solitude

[note 4]

Elisif the Fair

[note 2]

Imperial

[note 3]

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Hjaalmarch Morthal Idgrod Ravencrone

[note 1]

Imperial Sorli the Builder
The Pale Dawnstar Skald the Elder

[note 1]

Stormcloak Brina Merilis
The Reach Markarth Igmund

[note 1]

Imperial Thongvor Silver-Blood
The Rift Riften Laila Law-Giver

[note 1]

Stormcloak Maven Black-Briar
Whiterun Whiterun Balgruuf the Greater

[note 1]

Neutral, later Imperial Vignar Gray-Mane
Winterhold Winterhold Korir

[note 1]

Stormcloak Kraldar

FootnotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 These can change if the Dragonborn undertakes the Civil War questline.
  2. 2.0 2.1 These Jarls claim the title of High King or Queen.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eastmarch and Haafingar are the "centers" of their respective factions.
  4. Solitude is also the overall capital of Skyrim.

TriviaEdit

See alsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

References

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