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Nirn (which means 'Gray Maybe' in Ehlnofex) is the planet on which the Elder Scrolls is set. It floats in the void of Oblivion and is, for all intents and purposes, the majority of the realm known as Mundus. Sources often use the terms Nirn and Mundus synonymously, despite the technical differences in the two terms. Nirn was created during the Dawn Era by the Aedra and Anu-aligned spirits, based on Lorkhan's inspiration and Magnus' designs.
Tamriel is the main continent of Nirn and is its mythic and symbolic center. Tamriel is divided into 9 provinces: Black Marsh, Cyrodiil, Elsweyr, Hammerfell, High Rock, Morrowind, Skyrim, Summerset Isle, and Valenwood.
- Akavir is a continent east of Tamriel with four known regions: Kamal, Tsaesci, Tang Mo, and Ka Po' Tun; home to the Kamal, Tsaesci, Tang Mo, and Ka Po' Tun races, respectively.
- Atmora is a continent north of Tamriel and the homeland of the modern Nords' ancestors.
- Yokuda was a continent west of Tamriel and the original homeland of the Redguards, but it has since sunk into the sea.
- Pyandonea is an island south of Tamriel. It is home to the elusive Maormer.
More obscure landmasses are also believed to have existed at some point, such as Aldmeris, the possibly mythical homeland of the Aldmer, as well as Lyg, a region where Mehrunes Dagon was created by the Magna Ge.
Nirn has two moons: Masser and Secunda. The other astral bodies in the sky above Nirn are believed to actually be the spheres of the Aedra and Daedra, as seen from the mortal plane. The sun and stars are also punctures in the veil of Oblivion, through which the light of Aetherius shines into Mundus. One exception is the snake constellation, The Serpent, which 'wanders' about the sky. It is made up of "unstars".[UOL 1]
- For an account of Nirn's mythic history, see the article on the Mundus.
- The Monomyth
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Arena Supermundus: The Tapestry of Heaven — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Spirit of Nirn, God of Mortals
- Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Other Lands — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Annotated Anuad
- Mysterious Akavir
- Frontier, Conquest — University of Gwylim Press, 3E 344
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Wild Regions — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of
- Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4 — Mankar Camoran
- The Lunar Lorkhan — Fal Droon
- The Firmament — Ffoulke
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- Cosmology — The Temple Zero Society