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Skyrim:High Hrothgar

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Military Fort:
High Hrothgar
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Whiterun Hold
South of Whiterun
High Hrothgar

High Hrothgar is a small settlement roughly halfway up the Throat of the World. It is a major landmark and home to the reclusive Greybeards who are masters of The Voice.

Traveling to High Hrothgar requires taking the 7,000 steps, beginning in Ivarstead.

On the way up to High Hrothgar there will be at least one frost troll on the path regardless of your level (though you can avoid fighting it), and you will potentially encounter several more cold-themed enemies like snow bears and ice wraiths. As well as enemy encounters, a few travelers will be seen on the way to the top - pilgrims that are exploring and reading the ancient tablets, which contain wise sayings. Reading all of the tablets grants the Voice of the Sky effect for 24 hours, which prevents animals from either attacking or fleeing from you, and they do not have to be read in numerical order.


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High Hrothgar

Etched Tablets

Emblem I

Before the birth of men, the Dragons ruled all

Their word was the Voice, and they spoke only for
True Needs.

For the Voice could blot out the sky and flood the

Emblem II

Men were born and spread over the face of

The Dragons presided over the crawling masses

Men were weak then, and had no Voice

Emblem III

The fledgling spirits of Men were strong in Old

Unafraid to war with Dragons and their Voices

But the Dragons only shouted them down and
broke their hearts

Emblem IV

Kyne called on Paarthurnax, who pitied Man

Together they taught Men to use the Voice

Then Dragon War raged, Dragon against Tongue

Emblem V

Man prevailed, shouting Alduin out of the world

Proving for all that their Voice too was strong

Although their sacrifices were many-fold

Emblem VI

With roaring Tongues, the Sky-Children conquer

Founding the First Empire with Sword and Voice

Whilst the Dragons withdrew from this World

Emblem VII

The Tongues at Red Mountain went away humbled

Jurgen Windcaller began His Seven Year

To understand how Strong Voices could fail

Emblem VIII

Jurgen Windcaller chose silence and returned

The 17 disputants could not shout Him down

Jurgen the Calm built His home on the Throat of
the World

Emblem IX

For years all silent, the Greybeards spoke one name

Tiber Septim, stripling then, was summoned to Hrothgar

They blessed and named him Dohvakiin [sic]

Emblem X

The Voice is worship

Follow the Inner path

Speak only in True Need


  • At the center of a pair of stairwells that lead up to the building itself, there is a blue chest, three large sacks, and a sack around it which are set as non-respawning containers, and can thus be used for safe storage.