The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. I: The Histories



For The First Time, The Collected Texts From The Critically And Commercially Acclaimed Fantasy Video Game The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Are Bound Together In Three Exciting Volumes Lavishly Illustrated And Produced, These Titles Are Straight Out Of The World Of Skyrim And A Must For Any Wandering Adventurer.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. I: The Histories

Bethesda Softworks LLC is an American video game publisher based in Rockville, Maryland The company was founded by Christopher Weaver in 1986 as a division of Media Technology Limited, and in 1999 became a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media In its first fifteen years, it was a video game developer and self published its titles In 2001, Bethesda spun off its own in house development team into Bethesda Game Studios, and Bethesda Softworks became a publisher only It currently also publishes games by ZeniMax Online Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks and Bethesda Game Studios Austin.

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  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Skyrim Library, Vol. I: The Histories
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • 11 October 2018
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  1. says:

    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is one of my favourite video games of all time I ve spent hundreds of hours travelling in the northernmost province of Tamriel, slaying dragons, collecting treasures, murdering in the name of the Dark Brotherhood, and exploring a whole world of fantastic legend.I realized at some point I was missing out on something I was too busy exploring and fighting to actually read all the tales one can stumble open in old, dusty tomes inside the game itself I tried reading so The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is one of my favourite video games of all time I ve spent hundreds of hours travelling in the northernmost province of Tamriel, slaying dragons, collecting treasures, murdering in the name of the Dark Brotherhood, and exploring a whole world of fantastic legend.I realized at some point I was missing out on something I was too busy exploring and fighting to actually read all the tales one can stumble open in old, dusty tomes inside the game itself I tried reading some of these books, but I soon hadimportant things to do, like adventuring, beastslaying and so on So it was great news when Bethesda announced collector s editions compiling all of them into solid volumes I ve saved this book for the right time, and now finally that time has come The Histories is the first volume of the Skyrim Library series, and includes all the history books found across the land of Skyrim Here you can read historical texts about legendary figures such as Reman Cyrodiil, Indoril Nerevar and Tiber Septim It s a peak into the magnificent lore of the Elder Scrolls series, and comes with wonderful illustrations on top of that

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    I ve recently started to play this video game again, and to accompany it I bought this I have very mixed feelings about it On one hand, it is as lavishly illustrated edition that is a great collector s item, and on the other hand everything inside is already freely available within the video game So, its value is limited However, when I played the game I didn t bother reading the books Who when slaying mighty dragons wants to stop and read a city guide or some herbalist lore Not me, that s I ve recently started to play this video game again, and to accompany it I bought this I have very mixed feelings about it On one hand, it is as lavishly illustrated edition that is a great collector s item, and on the other hand everything inside is already freely available within the video game So, its value is limited However, when I played the game I didn t bother reading the books Who when slaying mighty dragons wants to stop and read a city guide or some herbalist lore Not me, that s for sure So this book was quite new to me I found it helped to bolster my knowledge of the Elder Scrolls universe, and to immerse meinto the video game experience I love this franchise for the same reason I love high fantasy novels it provides a true sense of escapism that allows you to imagine a new andinteresting life It s all good fun, and some of the entries in here were quite entertaining even if they needed an edit in parts Is it worth the money though Simply put, it s not The publishers are printing three separate volumes, one for each book type in Skyrim This is disappointing and expensive The asking price is very high for what you get yes, there may be nice artwork that is in colour, but still it s unreasonable All of the books should have been put into one volume with a reasonable price tag because at the moment, I flinch when I see the overall cost of these three volumes I won t be buying the other two They re just not worth it I think it would have beenprudent to ask for less money, that way people may actually bother to buy a collection of books that is already freely available in the game Consequently, I only recommend this to the most hard core of Elder Scrolls fans This isof a collector s piece than a reader s value for money I did enjoy it, but I do regret my purchasing of it I think an overall Elder Scrolls book collection would be better, one that comprised of the most memorable books form each game An expensive 2.5 stars

  3. says:

    I m a crazy fan so this review is completely biased But this book is awesome

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    Note I will use this book as a catch all for my reviews of most of the books in oblivion and skyrim There is a lot of overlap between the games so it makes the most sense.First off, the skill books I can easily recommend many of the skill books If you search for elder scrolls book recommendations on google, these are usually the ones recommended If you re just going to read a few of the books in elder scrolls, read these The skill books are short and sweet and almost always contain an unexp Note I will use this book as a catch all for my reviews of most of the books in oblivion and skyrim There is a lot of overlap between the games so it makes the most sense.First off, the skill books I can easily recommend many of the skill books If you search for elder scrolls book recommendations on google, these are usually the ones recommended If you re just going to read a few of the books in elder scrolls, read these The skill books are short and sweet and almost always contain an unexpected punchline You might find it hard to get through the first one, depending on which you pick, but it s quite addicting to try and guess the twist before you get to the end Vernaccus and Bourlor, Breathing water, and Hope of the Redoran are all good examples However, one comes to expect this twist, so the few skill books that didn t have them, made me feel a bit cheated Finally, since the books are divided into skill trees, it s easy to pick out the category of books you want to read about Like thieves Read the sneak, pickpocket and stealth skill books Someexamples A hypothetical Treachery, Bone, Importance of Where, The Talara series, Chimarvamidium, Marksmanship lesson, and manyThen we have the in universe history books They might seem dry, and many of them are I wholeheartedly recommend The Real Barenziah however, which just feels like a book although one without a proper ending since it is in the game itself If you re really into the games I can still recommend these books For example, it s fun to see how and why Morrowind was invaded by the imperials, some reasons for why the Thalmor were able to take over almost all of tamriel, and what happened right after the oblivion crisis.What s evenfun about reading these books are just the fact that they are in universe After reading the Real Barenziah, you can read the sanitized Biography of Queen Barenziah, or other lore books that mention her What s the true story You have to decide from studying it yourself Eveninteresting, you can make your own conclusions from meeting some of the characters in the games, which is the kind of interactive storytelling that only games can provide. Even without all of the gameplay, it s super interesting to be able to meet and interact with some of these historical people that you ve read about For example Was Tiber Septim Talos really wonderful and worth of worship, or was he kind of a shitty person Maybe both Are the Wolf Queen books correct, and did Potema manage to make Pelagius mad through a cursed amulet Some history books mention this fact , and some dispute it You have to make your own conclusions based on for example who wrote the books perhaps Waughin Jarth used some artistic license, he did write fiction as well after all This kind of storytelling would be much harder to have in a regular linear book Sure, unreliable narrators exist, but here we have multiple unreliable narrators, and you can explore the fictional world itself as well.Note Reading Pocket Guide to the empire ed 1, ed 3, and a Brief History of the Empire after having read these shorter history books is pretty fun You already know the events that are only mentioned in passing in the pocket guides, and you caneasily see how the separate stories fit into the big picture.Finally, we have the in universe guide instruction books.Definitely not saving the best for last These books are not bad but they are definitely only interesting within the context of the games themselves Books like Guide to Bruma anvil etc, or An Explorer s Guide to Skyrim are mostly not badly written But there would be no reason to read them unless you could actually visit the places written about in these books, and find some of the secrets mentioned This also applies to books Myth or Menace which discusses if the thieves guild even exists in cyrodiil As a player, you know it exists and it is way too easy to find But with some imagination, it is very fun when you find the thieves guild, when even the lore book itself disputes its existence.Final ThoughtsI went into this project thinking I would only read the books suggested by my man Brian David Gilbert in the Polygon youtube video I read all 337 books in Skyrim so you don t have to And then I did I started with the skill books, easy and digestible Afterwards, I went into a deep dive of the history books Because I had read the skill books first of which some are historical as well , I had some context for the history books which made them easier to read Had I started with the history books, I probably would ve given up Therefore, if you do want to read all of the books as well, I recommend this reading order Possibly read one of the Pocket Guide to the empire after the skill books to get some context of the world of Tamriel.HOWEVER I do not recommend reading all books They re not all good books, not by a long shot As I said at the start, some of the skill books are really fun and some of them I recommend even if you haven t played the elder scrolls Everything else is just if you like the world or the lore.See you next elder scrolls, and in the next adventure Random comments Honestly, the new books created for Skyrim were mostly not worth reading in my opinion It s all nords this and vikings that They re not necessarily bad, just get pretty stale with the viking stuff compared to thevaried histories of Morrowind, Elsweyr, Black Marsh and so on However, they may not be as bad as I make them out to be As a Swede that likes reading about both viking history, myth and religion, the books about the Nords just feel like cheap knockoffs to me Therefore, I do concede that my own experiences probably skews my opinion of these lore books somewhat.Don t trudge through the Shivering Isles books Sounds like they should be fun, since some of the Sheogorath books in the base games, such as Myths of Sheogorath and Accords of Madness are really great However, these books just don t go deep enough into the crazy, and are actually pretty dull

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    It s a real pleasure to finally be able to read all the books contained within the game of Skyrim While I play the game, I rarely dedicate time to that endeavour because it slows the playthrough down considerably an I already have little time to dedicate to it Plus I m not very keen on reading on a screen So this book is just perfect for me After having seen the title of the books dozen on times on shelves and in dungeons in the game, it s good to finally actually read said books.Now, some o It s a real pleasure to finally be able to read all the books contained within the game of Skyrim While I play the game, I rarely dedicate time to that endeavour because it slows the playthrough down considerably an I already have little time to dedicate to it Plus I m not very keen on reading on a screen So this book is just perfect for me After having seen the title of the books dozen on times on shelves and in dungeons in the game, it s good to finally actually read said books.Now, some of them are pretty funny and interesting A Dance in Fire, the famous Lusty Argonian Maid and Sultry Argonian Bard, and the Wolf Queen Others, like the timelines and strictly setting history fluff books tend to be a bit dry and boring All in all this is a good book to get a solid idea of the history of Tamriel in general, and of Skyrim and Morrowind in somedepth I ve always been curious about Saarthaal and the Labyrinthian and this book sated my curiosity in that regard

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    This is a wonderful collection of the books of Skyrim, or the ones pertaining to history anyway All those books you never really take the time to read when you re actually collecting them in the game I learned so many new things about my very favorite place Many of the books enrich your experience of the game, and some of them are actually very funny as well My favorite has to be the play The Lusty Argonian Maid.This volume is also lavishly illustrated with works from different stages of the This is a wonderful collection of the books of Skyrim, or the ones pertaining to history anyway All those books you never really take the time to read when you re actually collecting them in the game I learned so many new things about my very favorite place Many of the books enrich your experience of the game, and some of them are actually very funny as well My favorite has to be the play The Lusty Argonian Maid.This volume is also lavishly illustrated with works from different stages of the game design Simply amazing artwork.I enjoyed this very much, can t wait for the next one

  7. says:

    Beautifully crafted book, with an embosed cover, thick pages and gorgeous artwork The history books you read in Skyrim are all here my favourite is The Lusty Argonian Maid and The Sultry Argonian Bard , which is a hilarious play s This is a collection dealing with the Elder Scrollsof course it s fantastic

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    and the annual Dumbest Book To Write A Review This Long For Award goes to Note I split up my review into sections with spoiler links to keep things organized and minimized This review doesn t contain any spoilers For the uninitiatedWhen members of big nerdy fanbases try talking with outsiders, there s always a bit of a disconnect Fans can t understand why outsiders can t appreciate the little details and stories set in the universe they love so much, and the outsiders can t understand wh and the annual Dumbest Book To Write A Review This Long For Award goes to Note I split up my review into sections with spoiler links to keep things organized and minimized This review doesn t contain any spoilers For the uninitiatedWhen members of big nerdy fanbases try talking with outsiders, there s always a bit of a disconnect Fans can t understand why outsiders can t appreciate the little details and stories set in the universe they love so much, and the outsiders can t understand why the fans think their fictional universe is worth caring about in the first place.I m landing square on the nerdy fan category here, and I m not going to try to pitch this book to anyone who hasn t already dumped hundreds of hours into this game or any other video games I will say though, the games are pretty great Not so much for the writing it sof a grand scope thing than any finely tuned stories or characters , but for the general dedication to exploration and freedom and how fun that can be A care for the game s world comes out naturally with the hours.Now that I ve weeded out all my poor followers, here is The skinny view spoiler I could immediately tell from scanning the index and not finding A Game At Dinner that this wasn t a full collection of Skyrim s in game books that book was everywhere Sure enough this is The Histories Volume 1 That s not Bethesda stretching out its in game books forcash there are hundreds of in game books, and it makes sense to section them up into multiple volumes In fact, there are twovolumes of these puppies planned to come out at this time of writing and two Elder Scrolls Online books, if you care about those The Histories sounds like dull reading especially since it s not, you know, real but there s a lotvariety than the name gives away There are some dry chronicles and timelines like you d expect, but there s also short stories, poetry, faux academia, letters, plays don t fret, Lusty Argonian Maid makes the cut , travelogues, interviews, and analysis A smart thing the writers do is never fully give away every little detail Each historical story contains references tohistorical crap to give the appearance that there s alwaysthan what the books cover The world grows with each book, instead of gettingcodified, logged, and simple The writers will give analyses on the same events multiple times Pelagius s insanity being one good example and recognize urban legends and the untrustworthiness of the tales in universe The goal is always to create the feel of the real world and all its messy divergent histories than to give OCD fans closure and simplicity Of course, while they re history texts in the Skyrim universe, in real life these are all written to be read and enjoyed by us Earthlings, and that detail s never lost throughout the course of all this.Because the games reuse the in game books, there s a nice side effect of how the stories actually feel like ancient accounts Despite the Skyrim branding of this book, over a third of the stories were originally written for Oblivion 2006 , Morrowind 2002 , or Daggerfall 1996 In real life, sticking to something you wrote fifteen years before doesn t seem that long of a time, but it sure feels that way when you look at how far video games have come in that same timeframe The writing reads exactly the same, but then you go and realize what it came from then the gap feelscommendable Playing Minecraft, Josh everyone in high school hide spoiler The stories view spoiler The stories are selected and arranged in a certain flow, grouped with other stories that give context to each other and makes reading from cover to cover enjoyable There are 47 stories here I counted , and I won t go over each one, but I ll talk a bit about each general category.1 Royal history warAh, royalty Always so naturally dramatic These sections are written like Wikipedia articles, which I count as a good thing neutral, direct, not excessively old or new sounding The royalty s little hard to follow thanks to reusing the same three names over and over but still oddly captivating The war sections are written well and surprisingly seriously, but they really call the literalness of the in game overworlds into question I ve never been able to decide if the in game overworlds are a shrunken down representation of an Arena Daggerfall sized continent, and these stories don t help The countries and wars obviously couldn t sustain themselves with the population and amount of land that s shown in the games, but there are also many quests that wouldn t make sense if it took weeks to cross the map.The only weak story in this section was The Disaster at Ionith While interesting to hear about a mysterious location not shown in the games, it dragged, and lazily used magic to fill in for modern communication technology.One thing I love about The Elder Scrolls is its fidelity to its old games Arena s plot is crap save the emperor collect the eight broken pieces of the magic staff to kill the bad guy but it s expanded on and analyzed Instead of burying it, Bethesda went and made it interesting and hold real implications.2 Short storiesTwo of the longest stories in this collection follow Decumus Scotti, a bumbling middle aged architect who gets wrapped up in trouble in exotic places and winds up okay in the end, eating lots of people along the way These were super pulpy like an in game adventure serial or something, there s even a vine swing and endearing There were some neat ideas, including a city built on an enormous tree naturally floating along a river, a plant loving community eating nothing but enormous quantities of meat, and a community leader that literally grew into an amalgamation of all his her citizens and their concerns There were some strange ideas too, namely that centaurs are still canon apparently, and people eat Khajiit meat Also elves live hundreds of years, I guess The second story with the Black Marsh was bleak It makes me laugh at the insistent rumors Bethesda was going to announce an Elder Scrolls game set in the Black Marsh at E3 2015 Yeah nope The Wolf Queen revolves around an immoral manipulative ruler from childhood to old age Despite that description it s not as pulpy as the Scotti stories andgenuinely emotional at times As a general rule, the bitchier the protagonist, the faster the pages turn, but there s still a mild streak of sympathy for her running throughout Mild.While these stories treat Tamriel as a huge, realistically populated continent for their benefit, they still adhere a little too close to the game s magic system, even giving spell effects the same names They make an effort to word the effects of some enchanted jewelry in a way real people might, but it s not enough to avoid some unintentionally corny lines.3 SkyrimSkyrim is in the name and cover of this book, so it gets a fat chunk dedicated to its geography and towns By far the worst section It also cements the literal overworld size representation in a way that clashes with the earlier war stories The Whiterun story is particularly bizarre, writing about specific women in the town and their availability that wouldn t make any sense to do in real life.I commend the story Death of a Wanderer It s a short two page story, that s meant to teach players to make the slidey door panels match the same patterns on the keys you use to open them, but it didn t dawn on me that was its real purpose until laterThey got meThey hid its true purpose within a short little story about someone dying and reflecting on their travels, clever bastards It s stealthy.I have zero positive nostalgia for Skyrim s sad cold world When I was done with Skyrim, I was done. Reading these descriptions reminded me why For a game you put hundreds of hours into, all the hardships and struggling and cold starts to drag on your soul I don t share this feeling with Oblivion, Morrowind, or Daggerfall at all I ll recognize I might be alone on this Take this all in contrast to 4 Morrowind the warm happy glow of reading about Morrowind s world again It s complicated, but it s original and distinctly itselfthan I can say about the other Elder Scrolls games settings , and in my opinion the high point of The Elder Scrolls universe.Which makes it all thebizarre the writers destroyed it Literally destroyed it with a volcano The Skyrim writers weren t content making only their game s region gloomy and cold, they had to take the rest of the continent down with it It feels like a band that s tired of their most popular song and openly mocking it onstage Why though The story The Red Year chronicles the destruction of everything in Vvardenfell, relishing in the details of the most impressive parts of Morrowind being completely destroyed I started laughing halfway through when I realized unintentionally or no how similar it was in tone to first hand accounts of the 9 11 attacks especially all the talk about the dark elves solidarity afterwards Yeah great job Bethesda That s not funny. Vvardenfell wasn t the only victim of the whatever depression causing mold was growing in the air ducts at the Bethesda offices Skyrim s whining and rebelling Hammerfell was given up by the Imperials for being too hard to defend The Imperials won an impossible war, but gave into the same terms they didn t agree with that started the war in the first place The Thalmor the unsympathetic SS evoking evil elves appear to be doing well, even if they lost some numbers The Khajiits are loyal to the evil Thalmor for something involving moons Most of Solstheim s lush landscape was ruined by the Red Mountain Freeway and the mines dried up And the Black Marsh was already an established craphole not in Arena though the Black Marsh inns are pretty jolly Maybe in the next game Akavir will get hit with a meteor It s one thing to set up an end of the world conflict that s what all the main quests in these games are about , but Skyrim crossed the line a little bit, since you don t have any real influence on the events except for the civil war thanks to a two hundred year jump from Oblivion It s weird remembering that the first four Elder Scrolls games take place under the same emperor If Bethesda keeps on the dour track started by Skyrim, they re going to force themselves to write prequels if they want to have any prosperity, happiness, color Fitting that the first Elder Scrolls game to come out since Skyrim was a prequel 5 DragonsI didn t think much of dragons when first playing Skyrim, but after playing the rest of the series and coming back and reading about their lore, I noticed how much they stand out There were always little references to dragons there even was a dragon in Redguard , but Skyrim retroactively made them way bigger than they were before you d think people would talk about ancient fearsome destroyer godshide spoiler The physical book view spoiler Here s a quick phone picture for reference click to enlarge It shows a few things to expect with the physical book.1 Concept art Not original to this book, but it s put where it fits, generally Seeing concept art is always depressing because you can see what the original ideas were and how pretty they were, and how they got blanded down in the final product Skyrim s concept art is actually pretty close to the final product, but there are some really gorgeous landscapes and sketches here 2 Awful historical font I groaned when I got the plastic off this book and first opened it up One reason I never read many books in game was because of the font, and look what they did here It s perfectly readable, but it s a questionable design choice The font looks too crisp and doesn t fit with the aged look of the pages A flat tan with an old humanist typeface readable and still old, something like Jenson or Centaur would ve been great Especially when a lot of the concept art doesn t hide its digital Photoshopness.3 Frequent typos See the second paragraph on the right page, that cuts off midword The in game books are filled with typos too, but this book keeps many and addsof its own that cut off paragraph was full in the in game version.With all of these, and the fact all these stories are available in game and online, there might not be much reason to buy the physical book I wouldn t blame you However, it s a nice feeling hardcover, feels good in your hands, it s not cheaply made, and it ll look good with the others if you re buying those too Plus the stories are put together in a nice flow that gives everything context, and I imagine it s a better way of reading the stories than going down the UESP page alphabetically hide spoiler Essay On video game writing, worldbuilding, and principle view spoiler I, erm, actually exceeded the Goodreads review length Read this here hide spoiler P.S., if you re a Skyrim fan and haven t yet checked out Oblivion and Morrowind, I ve written a guide to sell you on why you should and tips on how to get settled in them after being used to Skyrim Check it out

  9. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous illustrations alongside stories that draw the reader into the deeply immersive land of Skyrim This volume enriches the already impressive world building which made it al thejarring when a sentence cut off in the middle and jumped to the next paragraph I wish someone had run this through the editing process onetime before publishing Still, I loved reading the histories It s so easy to skip them while playing the game who has time to read when someone s flingi Absolutely gorgeous illustrations alongside stories that draw the reader into the deeply immersive land of Skyrim This volume enriches the already impressive world building which made it al thejarring when a sentence cut off in the middle and jumped to the next paragraph I wish someone had run this through the editing process onetime before publishing Still, I loved reading the histories It s so easy to skip them while playing the game who has time to read when someone s flinging fireballs at you Recommended for fans of Skyrim

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    This book is gorgeous is really an amazing edition for collectors and huge fans of Skyrim I m a book nerd even in game and always want to stand around reading all the books collect them all carry them around with me even though they add unnecessary weight, so this is perfect for me It isn t anything that isn t already presented in game with the exception of beautiful and interesting illustrations , but it is all collected in one easy convenient place Awesome collector s item I will This book is gorgeous is really an amazing edition for collectors and huge fans of Skyrim I m a book nerd even in game and always want to stand around reading all the books collect them all carry them around with me even though they add unnecessary weight, so this is perfect for me It isn t anything that isn t already presented in game with the exception of beautiful and interesting illustrations , but it is all collected in one easy convenient place Awesome collector s item I will definitely be getting the other volumes, as well

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