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The Elder Scrolls: World Map of Nirn by okiir The Elder Scrolls: World Map of Nirn by okiir
My take on the world map of Nirn (Elder Scrolls), inspired by old naval maps.

NOTE: I imagined this map to be made by the Imperial Geographical Society of the Mede Empire, about a century before the events of Skyrim. So keep the "unreliable narrator" in mind.



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CONTINENTS OF NIRN

Source: A Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition, Chapter: Other Lands

Tamriel: The continent that all the Elder Scrolls games take place on, and the only continent where official maps exist (except for post-catastrophe Yokuda).

Yokuda: The original home of the Redguard. The majority of this continent sank into the sea for unknown reasons during the Fist Era. A map of Yokuda (after the catastrophe) can be seen in The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard (1998).

Akavir: A continent lying to the east of Tamriel. It is the homeland of four races collectively referred to as the "Akaviri," which is composed of the Snow Demons of Kamal, the serpent-men of Tsaesci, the Monkey People of Tang Mo, and the Tiger Dragons of Ka'Po'Tun. Little else is known about the continent.

Atmora: A frozen continent located far to the north of Tamriel, across the Sea of Ghosts. It was home to a race of men known as Atmorans around the Merethic Era. The legendary Ysgramor and his Five Hundred Companions came from this continent.

Pyandonea: Home to the elusive Maormer (Sea Elves), This island-continent is covered mostly in dense rain forest.

Aldmeris: Very little is known of the alleged Elven homeland, and it is often considered to be merely a myth. Its location, environment, politics, religion, and even its current existence are matters of conjecture.



About the size of Atmora:
It's not actually as large as it looks on the map, it's a result of the Mercator projection.
Here you can see an example of how the Mercator projection distort landmasses to the far north and south on a map:
i.imgur.com/I66lFCx.jpg


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:icontharassian:
Tharassian Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
This is simply stunning. The amount of detail is astounding, and it creates such a vivid image for what Nirn might actually look like. And I love the second compass being centered on the Imperial City.

Out of curiosity, how did you think of how Akavir and Pyandonea might look? Is there anything to indicate them having shapes like this in the lore?
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DanielGillett16 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
is it possible to put something like this map on a globe?
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zephalis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
Did you use a particular map projection?

NASA has an awesome program that lets you switch projections using at input image and the projection from the original (www.giss.nasa.gov/tools/gproje…)
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GHW092 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Is this really Nirn, or did you made up most of the other landscapes.
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:iconkeenonthedaywalker:
Keenonthedaywalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
No, this is really Nirn.
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Redatomisk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Wait... I'm bad at geography, but i don't think Morrowind is part of Tamriel?
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:iconstarweird03:
Starweird03 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018
Nah, they’re just not part of the Empire, they maintain autonomy in exchange for the regulated sale of ebony to the Imperial Military. I mean, that WAS the case, but now it would seem that between the Thalmor takeover and the Argonian invasion, the place is a lawless war-scape.
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:iconkeenonthedaywalker:
Keenonthedaywalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
It is. It's the place at the top right(The top-top right is Vvanderfell and if you go farther down, then that is also part of Morrowind, just different provinces.)
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:iconwhatkop:
whatkop Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
Beautiful, love how the lines converge on the Imperial City, like with Jerusalem in old maps. Who's Dravarol though?
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:icongingigamer:
gingigamer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Student Filmographer
Why are the Somerset Isles called Alinor?
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:iconkeenonthedaywalker:
Keenonthedaywalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
As far as I know, they were called Alinor before the High-Elves formed the Aldmeri Dominion. 
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Wraith27Art96Death Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Student General Artist
The Third Aldmeri Dominion (created after the Oblivion Crisis), is what they call the Summerset Isles
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:icongingigamer:
gingigamer Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Student Filmographer
No the islands were called the Summerset Isles long before the Oblivion Crisis. At least since the Second Era as ESO shows us.
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SolarStorm7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
Anyone else see essentially a flooded version of North America in Aldmeris?
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:iconkeenonthedaywalker:
Keenonthedaywalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
lol, yeah!
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:iconabuchhorn:
abuchhorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great map. Don't think I have seen one with this much detail yet! :)
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TomyGames Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
cool maps!
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are414 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Could you let me use your flag for my micronation? [I refer to this : Assassin's Creed II: Republic of Venice Flag by okiir
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:iconmaha0:
maha0 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is so pretty :O
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:iconeuclideanman:
EuclideanMan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017
So how big is Atmora? Like Antarctica? 
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:iconveprem:
Veprem Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard a theory that Aldmeris was basically the "Pangaea" of Nirn. It was a super continent that split into the continents Nirn has now.
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Auditormadness9 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
Where is Lyg?
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:iconokiir:
okiir Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
According to lore, Lyg (also known as the Adjacent Place) is a parallel version of Tamriel which can only be reached by sliding sideways in some unusual manner, only being entered through its "non-cardinal" directions.

In other words - even if it does exist - Lyg is essentially located outside of 3D space, making it another dimension entirely.
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jmviehmann Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Is there anywhere I can get a poster of this? 
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:iconokiir:
okiir Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's available on print :)
I recently bought one on canvas:
4565453 by okiir  
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Keenonthedaywalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
NOICE!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
Another brilliant map!

Interesting you made Atmora and Akavir (through Kamal) connected - if throgh ice - some theorize Kamal is somehow connected to Atmora.

About, sources indeed say it doesn't exist. There are clues that "Old Ehnolfey" (the continent), is just Tamriel during the Dawn Era, and Ayleids are the ancestors of Aldmer.

It's suggested so from the documents since Daggerfall. From The Wild Elves:
In the wilds of most every province of Tamriel, descended philosophically if not directly from the original inhabitants of the land are the Ayleids, commonly called the Wild Elves.

The Ayleid have also retained the Old Ehnlofey (the race's) language (hence they haven't got a "mer" name - they use Old Ehnlofey, not Aldmeris, to call themselves. From Before the Ages of Man:
Wild Elves, also known as the Heartland High Elves, preserved the Dawn Era magics and language of the Ehlnofey.

We also don't have any documents, who establish exactly when Falmer split from Aldmer, and the description on when Ayleid did, are rather sketchy.

And most visible, in the original version of Auridon Explored, Chapter XII, directly stated Ayleids WERE the Aldmer that arrived on the Summerset Isles from Tamriel (Old Ehnlofey):
I'm often asked where the Ancients first arrived in the Archipelago. The "traditional home" of the High Elves is, in fact, just the latest home for our ancient and proud race.
The farthest northern tip of Auridon is, in fact, the first place within the Summerset Isles to see the tread of the Ancients. All throughout Valenwood their ruins and influence can be seen.
But we can all agree: it is here in the Isles that the fleeing Ayleids of the heartland finally found a home.

While this was latter removed, because of confusion, the creator didn't directly contadict this in the discussion about it, and I think this was in part removed to not "spoil" so much possible future twists.
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Heronymous Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful job, great attention to detail. Love the little lore summaries you put the description as well. Great homage to a great game verse. :clap: :earth:
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Gguywesker101 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, amigo.
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n-a-i-m-a Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice map , I would add Lyg too though...
Here is the other map I did in past, the Pyandonea are also more islands than a large sized continent , other than that awesome work :) .
World Map of Nirn by n-a-i-m-a
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:iconjmviehmann:
jmviehmann Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Is there any proof that Lyg is part of Nirn thought it was an alternate plan of existence 
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n-a-i-m-a Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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trwyoon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
The elder scrolls wiki is not reliable, you want to use UESP, and given that whenever I've seen LN (mostly on the Elder Scrolls Lore subreddit, she supports it being a parallel universe) only put Lyg in there to show its relative size, as it most likely technically occupies the same space as Tamriel.
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trilliondollerman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!
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:iconn-a-i-m-a:
n-a-i-m-a Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) .
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:iconokiir:
okiir Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D (Big Grin) 

I absolutely love your maps btw. I actually took some inspiration from your work regarding the general shape of Akavir :) (Smile) 

I'm not sure about Lyg though. I mostly based this map on the 3rd edition of the Pocket Guide to the Empire (as I have the physical copy), and there, Lyg isn't mentioned.
As far as I know it's heavily debated whether Lyg is an actual physical landmass or another realm/dimension, so I chose not to include it on this map.
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Sylvanio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You even added isles from the 2nd edition guide! Great job!
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zoron246 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017
It has been a couple of months but wasn't Aldemeris just super continent Tamriel before all the continents split? I remember seeing something about that and people considering that one to be true.
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trwyoon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
We're not sure. Another theory is it's just the south, and lacks a distinct anything, being purely padomaic (chaotic), in nature, with coastlines, time, its existence, etc. changing freely, as opposed to Atmora in the north, an anuic (static) location, where nothing ever changes.
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
Groovy.
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:iconscops:
scops Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
awesome o.o
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CristiBoss Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Why does Aldmeris look like a flooded North America?
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:iconrmctagg09:
rmctagg09 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It kinda does now that I think about it. 
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rmctagg09 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is cool, but shouldn't it be "Padomaic" Ocean?
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:iconokiir:
okiir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn.. hadn't noticed that Sweating a little... 
Thanks!
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:iconhardwing:
Hardwing Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017
Amazing map!
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:iconokiir:
okiir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Whisper292 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
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ThomastheWest Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice map. :)
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SkayuGame Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017
What happened to Jylkurfyk ?
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