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The Udefrykte[1] (also spelled Uderfrykte[2] or Udyrfrykte[3]) is the name given to a legendary troll. Initially thought to be unique, there are now three known trolls that have been recorded in history under this name, raising the possibility that is in fact a rare species. Two normal (but still ferocious) ones are presumably the spawn of the Uderfrykte Matron, also known as the Horror of Dive Rock:[2] the cases is regarded as proven for at least the first such beast, though little enough is proven about the origins of the second.

The first, and best known, Udyrfrykte to have its existence confirmed, and the first to be slain, once lived in the ice caves beneath the mead hall of Thirsk on the island of Solstheim. He was described by the locals as "a remorseless monster with a taste for human flesh". According to legend, he was sealed inside his lair for centuries, until he escaped in 3E 427 during the Bloodmoon Prophecy, when a pillar of fire emanated from Lake Fjalding. The fire melted the ice covering the entrance to the ice caves on the shore of the lake; the Udyrfrykte then attacked the mead hall, slaying the warriors within and leaving few survivors.[4] Svenja Snow-Song survived the attack, and urged the Nerevarine to slay the monster. The Nerevarine killed the Udyrfrykte and took his heart as a trophy. Svenja then appointed the Nerevarine as the new chieftain of Thirsk.[3]

Svenja married Agnar the Unwavering, the next chieftain following the Nerevarine's departure. Haunted by memories of the Udyrfrykte's attack, she and Agnar set out to find the ancient Uderfrykte Matron, the mother of the Udyrfrykte. The creature was described as "a giant, troll-like beast that seems to waver and shimmer in the cold", "like the feral form of winter itself". Unlike her offspring, the Matron moved from location to location, preventing her killing or capture.[2] It was completely immune to the cold, but was extremely weak to fire. The couple tracked the monster from the remote highlands of Skyrim into the Jerall Mountains. They confronted the Matron on the Cyrodiil side of the border, near Dive Rock, the highest natural observation point in the Imperial Province. The monster devoured Svenja and killed Agnar. The Champion of Cyrodiil stumbled upon their campsite in 3E 433, and managed to kill the monster.[5]

Another Udefrykte lived in the enclosed ice caves beneath the settlement of Dawnstar in Skyrim. The monster broke through into the abandoned Dark Brotherhood sanctuary beneath the city.[6] It was slain by the Listener in 4E 201, and the ice caves were then resealed when the Dark Brotherhood reclaimed the sanctuary.[1] This one may also be the spawn of the Matron in the Jerall Mountains, despite the fact that she was slain two hundred years ago - the known lifespan of the Lake Fjalding Udyrfrykte, over several centuries, indicates that the beasts are extremely long-lived (also raising the question of just when and how the Dawnstar beast became trapped in the ice caves, given that there is no record of it having been encountered when the Dawnstar Sanctuary was originally active before its initial abandonment: and indeed, whether the Dawnstar Udefrykte may have been the cause of the Sanctuary's abandonment.) If it is not her spawn, this may raise the extremely disturbing possibility that the Udyrfrykte Matron is also not unique: however it is hoped that this is not the case...




  1. ^ a b Events of Skyrim
  2. ^ a b c Agnar's JournalAgnar the Unwavering
  3. ^ a b Events of Bloodmoon
  4. ^ Svenja Snow-Song's dialogue
  5. ^ Events of Oblivion
  6. ^ Cicero's dialogue

See Also[edit]

For game-specific information, see the Bloodmoon, Oblivion and Skyrim articles.