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Winterhold (sometimes called Winter Hold) is the capital of the namesake hold and a coastal fortress on the inhospitable northeastern tip of Skyrim. It was once home to a gladiatorial team known as the Annihilators.[OOG 1] One of the Old Holds, Winterhold has been historically isolated from its neighbors, yet still wealthy and prosperous (it even maintained a rivalry with the powerful city of Solitude). Traditionally, Winterhold warriors are thought to favor large axes in battle. The ruins of Saarthal are close by.
Legend tells that Winterhold was initially built by Shalidor the Archmage with a whispered spell. In 1E 369, King Borgas of Winterhold, the High King of Skyrim, was murdered, and the failure to appoint Jarl Hanse as his successor is generally thought by Imperial scholars to have ignited the War of Succession. In 1E 2804, the "Winterhold Rebellion" broke out in protest of conscription quotas imposed by the Empire. The city was sacked the following year. It generally prospered as the capital of its namesake hold for thousands of years until, in 4E 122, Winterhold suffered the Great Collapse: vast swaths of the city fell into sea below for unknown reasons. It has never really recovered.
 See Also
- ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ The Third Door — Annanar Orme
- ^ A Minor Maze: Shalidor & Labyrinthian
- ^ A History of Daggerfall — Odiva Gallwood
- ^ a b Annals of the Dragonguard — Brother Annulus
- ^ On the Great Collapse — Arch-Mage Deneth
- ^ Skyrim loading screens.
- ^ The Holds of Skyrim:
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