Sovngarde, the Nordic afterlife.

Main article: Pantheons of Tamriel
Not to be confused with Ancient Nordic Pantheon.

The Nordic Pantheon is the main religion of the Nordic people. St Alessia merged this pantheon and the Aldmeri Pantheon to create the religion of the Eight Divines.[1]

Revered and Worshipped Gods



The Hall of Valor, Shor's palace in Sovngarde, the realm of Shor.

The "God of the Underworld" and the King of the Gods, Shor is the Nordic variant of the god Lorkhan, who took sides with Men after the creation of Nirn. He is the husband of the goddess Kyne[2] and the creator and ruler of Sovngarde, the Nordic afterlife.[3] Atmoran myths depict him as a bloodthirsty warrior-king who leads the Nords to victory over their Aldmeri oppressors time and again. Shor was the chief of the gods, until he was killed by the Elven Gods.[2] These gods ripped out his heart and flung it across the world, with Red Mountain forming where it landed.[4]

If Nords are slain in battle, their souls find themselves in Sovngarde, the realm of Shor. There their spirits feast, sing and spar within the Hall of Valor at Shor's side in a state of self-contained euphoria.[3] The souls of the heroes remain in Sovngarde until they ride out one last time with Shor during The Last War, where they will show their final, best worth.[3]


Tsun Sky

Tsun guarding the Hall of Valor.

The Nordic god of trials against adversity. He is brother to Stuhn and the shield-thane of Shor, and died defending Shor from the Elven Gods.[2] Tsun was sent to Sovngarde and was ordered by Shor to guard the whalebone bridge that leads to entrance of the Hall of Valor.[5] From there, Tsun will tests all who wish to gain entry to the hall by fighting them in a trial by combat, only those who succeed in defeating him are able to gain entry.[5]


Stuhn, also known as the "God of Ransom," is the brother of Tsun and the Nordic precursor to Stendarr. Shield-thane of Shor, Stuhn was a warrior god that fought against the Aldmeri pantheon. He showed Men how to take, and the benefits of taking, prisoners of war.[2]


Kyne, "Kiss at the End," warrior-widow to Shor and the Goddess of the Storm, is the Nordic variant of Kynareth and a favored god of warriors and hunters.[2] Supporters of the Old Ways among the Nords dismiss Kynareth as a "pale shadow" of Kyne, and believe she is the one who leads souls of slain warriors to Sovngarde, the realm of her husband, Shor.[6] She is often called the Mother of Men, as Nords believe that the sky exhaled onto the land at the Throat of the World to form them.[6][7] Nords still refer to themselves as the "Sons and Daughters of Kyne" because of this belief.[8]

She is also known for giving Paarthurnax, the lieutenant of Alduin, the task of teaching mortalkind the Thu'um, thus turning him and other dragons against Alduin.[9]


In the Nordic Pantheon, Mara is a handmaiden of Kyne, worshiped as the Goddess of Love and Marriage. Mara is the most universal goddess, as she is found in nearly every religion.[2] In Skyrim, a pendant honoring her is worn to court lovers. Citizens know that a man or woman wearing one is seeking a candidate for marriage.[10]


Popular god of the Nine Divines, Dibella is the Goddess of Beauty. In Cyrodiil, she has nearly a dozen different forms of worship, some devoted to women, some to artists and aesthetics, and others to erotic instruction.[2]


Also known as Old Knocker, is a Nordic god of mortality, who was worshiped during the Aldmeri rule of Atmora. In those days, the Nords believed that they once had a lifespan similar to the Elves'. Then Orkey appeared and tricked them with a bargain that 'bound them to the count of winters'. This resulted in the Nords being able to only live for six years. Later, Shor removed the curse and redirected it onto the Orcs.[2]



Alduin on the Throat of the World.

Also known as the 'World Eater'. Scholars debate whether Alduin is the name the Nords gave to Akatosh[2][11], stating that Alduin and Akatosh are two completely different deities.[12] Alduin proclaimed himself to be the "First-Born of Akatosh!"[10]

Alduin's sobriquet, the 'World Eater', comes from a myth that depicts him as a ravaging firestorm that entirely destroyed the previous world, which brought about the Dawn Era. This would explain why the Nords see him as both creator and harbinger of total destruction.[2]


Statue of talos

A Statue of Ysmir (Talos).

Ysmir, "Dragon of the North," is the Nordic equivalent of Talos and is an important hero-god to Mankind.

The Emperor Tiber Septim was called 'Ysmir' by the Greybeards when they saw that he was a Dragonborn.[10] The title 'Ysmir' was also attributed to Wulfharth and Pelinal Whitestrake, although the authenticity of these stories is unclear.

During the events that unfold in the Fourth Era, which can be seen in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, after completing The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller, the Greybeards greet the Dragonborn in the dragon tongue with the words: "... Meyz nu Ysmir, Dovahsebrom..." which translates to: "... Come now Ysmir, Dragon of the North...".


  • Herma-Mora, also known as the Woodland Man: Ancient Atmoran demon who, at one time, nearly seduced the Nords into becoming Aldmer. Most of Ysgramor's myths are about escaping the wiles of old Herma-Mora.[2]
    Hermaeus Mora Concept Art


  • Jhunal is the god of hermetic orders, runes, and the Nordic father of language and mathematics is Jhunal. After falling out of favor with the rest of this pantheon, he became Julianos of the Nine Divines. He is absent in modern Skyrim mythology.[2]
  • Mauloch, an Orcish god, troubled the heirs of King Harald for a long time. Fled east after his defeat at the Battle of Dragon Wall, ca. 1E 660. His rage was said to fill the sky with his sulphurous hatred, later called the "Year of Winter in Summer."[2][13]


According to Michael Kirkbride and some Skyrim design documents, there were to be 4 "houses" of the gods which represented the different stages of the cycle of the Aurbis. There are the Dead Gods, who fought and died to bring about the new cycle; the Hearth Gods, who guard over the present cycle; the Testing Gods, who usher in the end of the cycle; and the Twilight Gods, who usher in the next cycle. The end of a cycle was supposed to be preceded by the Dragonborn God, a god that did not exist in the previous cycle but whose presence means that the current one is almost over. This has not been proven to be implemented in to the game fully and as such, may not be able to be taken as lore.[OOG 1]


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