Ysgramor, "the harbinger of us all", was an ancient Atmoran king who came to Tamriel before recorded history as a refugee fleeing civil war in Atmora. Some Elven scholars insist Ysgramor was responsible for unspecified "provocations and blasphemies" that led to the genocide known as the Night of Tears, when the human settlement Saarthal was attacked by the Elves and all humans purportedly slain except Ysgramor and his two sons, Yngol and Ylgar, though some scholars believe this attack was unprovoked. Ysgramor fled back to Atmora, gathered the legendary Five Hundred Companions, then sailed back to Hsaarik Head and drove the Elves from Skyrim and Solstheim, cementing himself as a "culture hero" of the Nords. He wielded the axe Wuuthrad in battle. Since he is the first known human to transcribe Nordic speech using Elven principles of writing, he is credited with being the first human historian. Because of his exploits, he is known as "the first Harbinger, the first Man, [and] the bringer of Words", and the modern-day Companions still revere him as their only true leader. His progeny ruled Skyrim until 1E 369, when the death of King Borgas brought an end to his direct line of known heirs. However, he is still believed to be the wellspring from whom all Nordic kings are descended.
Much of Ysgramor's life is clouded by myth and poorly kept records. It is suspected that Ysgramor is credited with the deeds of several early Nordic kings. Most myths associated with him have Herma-Mora, the "Demon of Knowledge", as the antagonist. Apparently, some historians have misrepresented Ysgramor as being the leader of the first large group of human settlers from Atmora, when in fact he was following a long tradition of migration.
During his voyage to Tamriel with his Five Hundred Companions, Ysgramor lost his son Yngol to the "sea-ghosts" (likely an ancient, superstitious term for the dangers in the Sea of Ghosts), and Ysgramor braved a storm to search for him in the treacherous waters. When Yngol was found dead, Ysgramor wept with grief and killed a "dozen dozen beasts" in Yngol's honor. Ysgramor ordered that a great city be built south of Yngol's burial place so that he could gaze at it from his palace. The great city came to be called Windhelm.
 See Also
- For game-specific information, see the Skyrim article.
- ^ Songs of the Return
- ^ a b c Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of Shimerene
- ^ The Anuad Paraphrased
- ^ a b c Songs of the Return -Volume 2 -The First Tale of the Darumzu
- ^ a b c d Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Fall of the Snow Prince — Lokheim
- ^ Vernaccus and Bourlor — Tavi Dromio
- ^ Events of Skyrim
- ^ Great Harbingers of the Companions — Swyk the Long-Sighted
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor<
- ^ Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation: A Social History of Cyrodiil — University of Gwylim Press, 3E 344
- ^ a b SONGS OF THE RETURN-Volume 19-The Second Tale of the Ylgermet
- ^ a b Yngol and the Sea-Ghosts