Lore:Kyne

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"Mother of Men, who steels us with her icy breath
Warrior-Wife, who sanctifies every axe-edge
Goddess of the Storm, who gifted us with voice
Bless us, Kyne; may we serve you with every word"
Shrine inscription
A shrine to Kyne

Kyne, or Kaan in the dragon language, is the Nordic goddess of the Storm, widow of Shor, the Blessed Warrior-Wife,[1]:354 and a favored god of warriors.[2][3] She is one of the Hearth Gods, and is considered the chief deity of the Nordic pantheon.[4] As the goddess of the Storm, she is strongly associated with wind and rain, and is thought to control both forces, even when they bring misery.[5][6] She is often called the Mother of Men and beasts,[7][1]:354 as Nords believe the sky exhaled onto the land at the Throat of the World to form them.[2][3][8][9] She is also called the "Kiss at the End", because Nords generally believe that she leads their dead to Sovngarde.[10]

Mother of Nords[edit]

Nords still refer to themselves as "the Sons and Daughters of Kyne".[11] Some consider her to be the leader of the Nordic pantheon of Divines.[10] Kyne and Kynareth are considered by followers of the Nine Divines to be one and the same, though more ardent supporters of the Old Ways among the Nords dismiss Kynareth as a "pale shadow".[3] While Nords also acknowledge Mara, the "Mother-Goddess" of the Empire, they view her only as Kyne's handmaiden.[2] The trees near Kynesgrove (or Kyne's Grove) are thought to be sacred to her.[12] Hela, a friend to all beasts and servant of Kyne, found eternal rest in the Forest of Dreams.[13]

Goddess of Storm[edit]

Nords believe she first taught them how to wield the thu'um, or Storm Voice, though some sources claim she did so through her "daughters",[1]:330 while others single out Paarthurnax as her instrument.[2][14] Appropriately, "Kaan" is a Word of Power, which can be used to soothe wild beasts, who are also believed to be her creation.[3] Many great Tongues are considered to be blessed by Kyne, such as Wulfharth, the Storm of Kyne, and Morihaus, the "Bull of Kyne".[15][16][17] Both have been called sons of Kyne and the Breath of Kyne.[5][16][18] Some ancient legends speak of the goddess's personal intervention at important moments in Skyrim's history.[16][19] Others suggest she was involved in granting the Amulet of Kings to St. Alessia.[5] The ancient Nords associated her with the hawk.[20] Auroras are sometimes referred to as "Kyne's lights".[21] Bas-reliefs and totemic representations depicting Kyne can be found in various Nordic ruins throughout Skyrim.[22][12] Kyne's Tears are a rare plant whose delicate flowers are said to have magical properties, particularly involving purification.[23][24] The plant is said to grow where the tears of the goddess Kyne fall to the earth.[25]

The Fryse Hags of Solstheim are known to especially venerate Kyne,[7] and the Greybeards claim to act in her name in the rare occasions that they speak.[26] The Keepers of the Grove are part of a holy order dedicated to Kyne, serving as the tenders of the Shrine of Kynesgrove in the eponymous city.[27]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
  2. ^ a b c d Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  3. ^ a b c d Froki Whetted-Blade's dialogue in Skyrim.
  4. ^ Divines and the NordsHigh Priest Ingurt
  5. ^ a b c The Song of Pelinal
  6. ^ Songs of the Return, Vol 19
  7. ^ a b Reinhardt Red-Spear's dialogue in Bloodmoon.
  8. ^ Children of the Sky
  9. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: SkyrimImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  10. ^ a b Goddess of Storm, Mother of Nords
  11. ^ Decree of Monument
  12. ^ a b Events of Skyrim.
  13. ^ Kyne's Peace first word wall in Skyrim
  14. ^ The Etched Tablets of High Hrothgar.
  15. ^ The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
  16. ^ a b c Five Songs of King Wulfharth
  17. ^ The Prophet's dialogue in Knights of the Nine.
  18. ^ Shezarr and the DivinesFaustillus Junius
  19. ^ Songs of the Return, vol 24
  20. ^ Felldir the Old's dialogue in Skyrim.
  21. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: SkyrimFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  22. ^ The Dragon WarTorhal Bjorik
  23. ^ Hidden Tears
  24. ^ Item description of Kyne's Tears
  25. ^ Kyne's Tears
  26. ^ Proclamation of the Greybeards in Skyrim.
  27. ^ Keepers of the GroveUrig the Wanderer