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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Skyrim
Hold Hjaalmarch
Appears in Arena, Skyrim
The ruins of Fort Snowhawk circa 4E 201
Snowhawk during the Imperial Simulacrum

Snowhawk (currently known as Fort Snowhawk)[1] was one of the eight-major cities in the province of Skyrim,[2] situated in the outer marshes of Hjaalmarch, west of the hold capital of Morthal, along the main road towards Haafingar.


During the Imperial Simulacrum, the city-state of Snowhawk was an active settlement, being ruled by King Torbens. It had a rivalry with Solitude. At this time, Snowhawk was the seat of a Kingship, which lasted for an unspecified amount of time.[3] It was neighbored by several settlements, including Dunstad Grove to the east, Lainalten to the south, and Markarth Side to the north.[2]

By the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, there was a small settlement found outside of the city of Snowhawk.[4]

At some point, Snowhawk would later become abandoned, and by 4E 201 the ruins of Fort Snowhawk were occupied by a local Necromancer coven. During the Stormcloak Rebellion, the fort served as a point of contention between the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloaks, with both sides struggling for control. Fort Snowhawk would play a pivotal role in the conflict, serving as Hjaalmarch's regional stronghold.[5]



  • Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Snowhawk's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Frost Demons".[UOL 1]

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Arena and Skyrim articles.


  1. ^ Fort Snowhawk location in Skyrim
  2. ^ a b Map of Skyrim — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  3. ^ Snowhawk location and rumors in Arena
  4. ^ Whispers of Death quest in Oblivion
  5. ^ The Battle for Fort Snowhawk quest in Skyrim

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library