Lore:Throat of the World
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The Throat of the World (Dragon: Monahven), located in Skyrim, is the highest mountain in all of Tamriel (though it was considered second to Red Mountain before the latter's eruption in 4E 5). Seven thousand steps lead up the mountain to its summit, where the settlement of High Hrothgar is located, and where the Greybeards live their lives of absolute silence. King Wulfharth is said to have rebuilt the 418th step.
The legends of the Nords state that mankind was formed on the mountain when the sky breathed onto the land. Many pilgrims travel to the mountain and climb the seven thousand steps to its peak.
During the Dragon War, the great dragon Alduin was lured to the top of the mountain by a group of Nords, instructed by Paarthurnax on the use of the thu'um. After seeing that they could not defeat him, even with the Dragonrend shout, the Nords sent him forward in time using an Elder Scroll. The event created a hole in time itself atop the mountain, called the Time-Wound, or "Tiid-Ahraan".
The term "Throat of the World" has also been used by Nords to refer to the land of Skyrim in general. Part of The Prophecy of the Dragonborn mentions the "Snow Tower" lying "sundered, kingless, bleeding"; this may refer to the Throat of the World.
- The Throat of the World is referred to as "Throat Mountain" in the third part of the unofficial lore text The Seven Fights of the Aldudagga.
- For game-specific information, see the Skyrim article.
- High Hrothgar
- ^ a b Paarthurnax's dialogue in Skyrim.
- ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Loading screen in Skyrim.
- ^ Five Songs of King Wulfharth
- ^ a b Children of the Sky
- ^ Events of Skyrim
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432