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Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Skyrim
Hold Haafingar
Appears in Arena, Skyrim
Solitude circa 4E 201
Province of Skyrim

Solitude (also known as Haafingar)[1] is a major port city[2] on the northern coast of the province of Skyrim. It is famous for being the northernmost town in Tamriel and infamous as the seat of the so-called Wolf Queen, Potema.[3] Solitude was also ruled by King Mantiarco mostly before his marriage to Potema.[4] One of the stranger periods in Solitude's history was under Thoriz Pelagius Septim, who, among other things, was known for stripping nude during speeches.[5]

After the downfall of the Second Empire and the assassination of King Logrolf, Jarl Svartr of Solitude challenged the legitimacy of Logrolf's heir, Freydis, leading to the division of Skyrim into two kingdoms. Solitude then became the capital of Western Skyrim.[6]

During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late Third Era, the city-state of Solitude was an active settlement. It was ruled by Queen Hania, and it had a rivalry with Snowhawk.[7] Solitude was neighbored by several settlements, including Dragon Bridge to the south, and High Rock to the far west, towards Jehanna.[8][9] Over time, Solitude became one of the wealthiest cities and counties in Skyrim, and by the end of the Third Era it controlled most of the northern coastline of Skyrim after King Thian married Queen Macalla of Dawnstar.[2] Seeking to expand its influence even farther, Solitude annexed several Imperial fiefs, including the island of Roscrea (all of the fiefs had been ruled by the Empire since Uriel Septim V conquered them in 3E 271).[2] It later began to fund exploration into (and perhaps beyond) the Sea of Ghosts.[2]

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  • 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, Solitude's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Ravagers".[UOL 1]


  1. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: SkyrimImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  2. ^ a b c d Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: SkyrimImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  3. ^ Brief History of the Empire v 2Stronach k'Thojj III
  4. ^ The Wolf Queen, v2Waughin Jarth
  5. ^ The Madness of PelagiusTsathenes
  6. ^ The Crown of FreydisTaleon Mythmaker
  7. ^ Solitude location and rumors in Arena
  8. ^ Map of Skyrim — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  9. ^ Map of High Rock — The Elder Scrolls: Arena

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
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