Lore:Elden Root

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Elden Root
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Valenwood
Region Grahtwood
Appears in Arena, ESO
Elden Root circa 2E 582
The province of Valenwood

Elden Root (or Eldenroot) is a city in eastern-central Valenwood, located north of Southpoint, in the Grahtwood region. It is home to the Elden Tree, an enormous and ancient graht-oak commonly believed to have seeded all of Valenwood. The Ayleids built a university and great libraries in and around the Tree, which were later pillaged by the raiding Maormer.[1] Elden Root served as the capital of the first Aldmeri Dominion,[2] and was made capital of Valenwood by the Thalmor during the second Dominion centuries later.[3] Due to its history, Elden Root's architecture is a unique and beautiful intermingling of Bosmer and Altmer styles. Traditional dwellings on the forest floor give way to woven, naturalistic abodes in the graht-oak's branches, connected by mobile platforms that ferry about people and supplies under manual power.[4]


  • Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Elden Root's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Cavaliers".[oog 1]


  1. ^ Ayleid Cities of ValenwoodThe Esteemed Historian Homfrey at the University of Gwylim, 2E 455
  2. ^ Events of Elder Scrolls Online
  3. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri DominionImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  4. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: ValenwoodFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581

Note: the following references are not found in-game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at The Imperial Library

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