Poetry exclusive! Two incredible Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim poems for the price of one

If you take an interest in games and poetry then you will undoubtedly have been thrilled by the news about the recently translated Elder Scrolls V runes. They appeared on the back of the latest issue of Game Informer and, once deciphered, turned out to be a poem.

Above: Unless you read dragon speak, these runes mean nothing

This is the poem:

Dragonborn Dragonborn
By his honor is sworn
To keep evil forever at bay
And the fiercest foes rout
When they hear triumph's shout
Dragonborn for hunger blessing we pray

And the scrolls have foretold
Of black wings in the cold
That when brothers wage war come unfurled
Alduin, bane of kings
Ancient shadow unbound
With a hunger to swallow the world

Apparently the poem reveals the first clues about the Skyrim's storyline. I'm not sure about that (it makes bugger all sense to me) but it does remind me of Ted Hughes' novel, The Iron Man, in which a dragon comes down from space, sits on Australia and threatens to destroy the world.

Anyway, inspired by the mythical rhythmical composition, I thought I'd have a crack at penning my own Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim poem. This is it:

Skyrim Skyrim Skyrim
Nordic beards are full of win
So expect follicle customisation
And improved engine this way cometh
Means animations not so rubbish
Like Skooma addicts in rehabilitation

The long awaited return to Tamriel
A shit load of copies its sure to sell
With expansion packs to follow behind
But better than Oblivion, can Bethesda do it?
Fuck it, stick in some dragons and book Patrick Stewart
(And a bit of free horse armour would be kind)

Do you think Bethesda are getting bored of horse armour jokes yet? Yes. They probably are.

Can you do better? Feel free to share your own Elder Scrolls poetry in the comments. You get extra points if you manage to include the words 'over encumbered'. 

Jan 7, 2011




  • Billiam101 - January 18, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    Wow, how did i miss this one! Anyway its great.
  • BossADC - January 14, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Ah I remember clearly how many hours per day I would play Daggerfell, then Morrowind, now Oblivion, and soon to be Skyrim. Im super excited, hopefully they will improve all the problems they had in Oblivion. These poems are great, horse armor jokes FTW. *crossing fingers for werewolves in Skyrim*
  • philipshaw - January 8, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    Nice, classic Cundy
  • Kenzo - January 8, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    @waynesmith you sir are awesome i rememeber back when i played morrowind 25 hours a day that i learned to read the dunmer language, and i would always read what was on the magic scrolls, most of them said "woe upon you" and another was the text from the writ of executions in dunmer speak. and there was one which was a pretty awesome poem, something about the eyes that see through the darkness or something, i guess ill have to revisit morrowing now :D
  • waynesmith - January 8, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Long ago in the land they call Tamriel Gates to Oblivion opened and did spew forth hell Heroes awoke to rid the land of these foul things To save cyrrodil and the Amulet of Kings. Upon the land of lush grass and flowers in bloom Descended Hell's creatures to wreak havoc and doom Animals, humans and countryside savaged Nothing was safe, buildings burned, women ravaged. I awoke in a cell, an Imperial prison room Taunted by someone across the way who'll be dead soon Uriel Septim our king he did come And told me his dreams and that I was the one. I roamed the countryside looking for trouble Dishing out death in ruins of rubble Oblivion gates I stepped through and closed Dealing death and destruction to those that apposed. Now the gates are all shut and the creatures are banned One by one they all fell to the blade in my hand The land is once more as it was long ago A new king now rules Tamriel on his throne. For many a year I have slept safe in my slumber But now distant roars of fire and thunder Awake me each night and refuse to release me It appears once again a hero I must be. To pick up my sword, shield, bow and quiver And walk North to cold lands that make my bones shiver I hear tales of Dragons who must die and begone This is my destiny, Mine. I am Dragonborn.
  • huntersdivine - January 7, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    OMG I'm so sick of seeing the line "Dragonborn for hunger blessing we pray" some stupid guy made a mistake now every1 is using that line. it doesn’t say that it says "Dragonborn for your blessing we pray" you would think a website that gives game news would do the puzzle themselves... You want the proof These are the last lines of each paragraph. "Dovahkiin fah hin kogaan mu draal." "voth aan bahlok wah diivon fin lein." If you read the code sheet it states that "bahlok" means hunger and I don't see that word in the other line. It has "hin" instead of "bahlok" which means your. Dragonborn Dragonborn by his honour is sworn to keep evil forever at bay and the fiercest foes rout when they hear triumph's shout Dragonborn for your blessing we pray and the scrolls have fortold of black wings in the cold that when brothers wage war come unfurled Alduin bane of kings ancient shadow unbound with a hunger to swallow the world Theres the correct version.
  • skeletalbutton - January 7, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    if this and the trailer are anything to go by, it seems that Skyrim will be a lot more... epic, than the last game.
  • celticsfan645 - January 7, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Not exaclty skyrim related, but poetry nonetheless
  • celticsfan645 - January 7, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    This inspires me to write poetry Hai Five Ku One two three four five. No interlocking Fingers Smack and release bro
  • AA95mp - January 7, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    can't wait! also nice poetry heres mine New Elder Scrolls it's about time and thou shall be mine i shead a tear while writing this
  • KnightDehumidifier - January 7, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    Oh look at that cloak it's scandalous And you know all ya orcs can't handle it You're scuffling around like your so ish With your lock-picking skills so devilish Shooting fire spells spells spells Burns like hell hell hell Those enemies fell fell fell I think to sing it again Shooting fire spells spells spells Burns like hell hell hell Those enemies fell fell fell Let me see that throne BAY-BEE! THAT THRONE TH-THRONE THRONE THRONE [EDITORS NOTE: I've reached my shame quota with that single sonnet]
  • alphaman - January 7, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Dragonborn, Dragonborn... does whatever a dragon ...corn. Look out, it's the Dragonborn!
  • rabidpotatochip - January 7, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Elder Scrolls Skyrim My gaming drought will soon end Unless this game sucks
  • db1331 - January 7, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Apprehension about the new Elder Scrolls game If developed for consoles, it will be lame Oblivion was RPGlite Much to frat boy's delight I don't need quest tracker hand-holding And fast-travel teleporting *Purchase the "At Poem's End" DLC for $1.99 to continue this adventure*
  • Clovin64 - January 7, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    Yours was the best Matt! Can't wait for Skyrim!
  • FrozenImplosion - January 7, 2011 4 p.m.

    Hahah I like it. Honestly I can't wait for Skyrim, I've been anxiously awaiting for a return to Tamriel :3 And horse armor jokes never get old. Never.

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