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Jonah Lobe, one of the 3D artists for the game, modeled the in-game giants after his father Jim Lobe.
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On February 18th 2011, Bethesda opened a challenge to deliver a baby on Skyrim's release date, November 11th 2011, and name the child "Dovahkiin".

The winners, Megan and Eric Kellermeyer, named their newborn son Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer when he was delivered on that date. In return they were given a Steam key that granted them access to every Bethesda Softworks game made, including all future releases.
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Silus Vesuius runs a small museum in Dawnstar about the Mythic Dawn cult from the previous Elder Scrolls game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Inside one of the display cases is a burnt page from the Mysterium Xarxes. The page cannot be stolen or moved, but if the page is struck with a weapon or magic enough times, it will transform into a wooden bucket.
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Inside of Skuldafn Spoiler:which is normally inaccessible except for near the end of the main quest, one of the fireplaces contains a well-hidden potato with a Boiled Creme Treat and 5 charcoal sticks on top of it. The specific way the items are assembled on top of the potato makes this a reference to GLaDOS from Portal 2, specifically when Spoiler:GLaDOS is forced onto a potato as a temporary power source.
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There are two scrapped features found in the game's files that would've occurred if you killed an NPC. The first was if you killed a unique NPC that has a family, then later you would see the ghost of that NPC follow any of their relatives, however only NPCs with generic voice files could do this, and only a single NPC in the whole game could turn into a ghost.

The second feature was after you killed a unique NPC who had a family, later talking to any of the NPC's family members will have them comment to you about their death in their hello conversation.
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It is possible that the note with a black hand from the Dark brotherhood could be a reference to the real world "Black Hand" organization, who are most notorious for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which was one of the factors which started WW1.
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If you ask how the Retching Netch got it's name in the Dragonborn DLC, you hear a story similar to a drunken outburst in the film Twister.
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By ignoring the first dragon encounter after leaving Helgen, it is actually possible to play through a vast portion of Skyrim without bringing the dragons back to life. This can be particularly useful, as random dragon encounters can kill quest-giving NPCs and otherwise disrupt missions the player might be undertaking.
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In Swindler's Den is an archery Dummy with an apple on its head. This is a reference to William Tell, the real life master Crossbowman who was forced to shoot an Apple off of his son's head.
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The Inn/Tavern called "The Bee and Barb" found in Riften possibly has a less-than-innocent origin, which can be found in Daggerfall's version of The Real Barenziah, Part III. Barenziah, who later became both Queen of Waycrest and Queen Mother of Morrowind, finds herself trying to join the Thieves Guild while in Rifton. She gains sponsorship by bedding with a Khajiit member of the guild inside a local tavern. It is explicitly stated it was painful, as male Khajiits, much like real-life felines, have barbed penises. This particular part of the story has been omitted in the later Elder Scrolls games, stating (This passage has been censored by order of the Temple.)

Her hands released his turgid penis and then it was inside her and she was screaming in both pain and ecstasy. Then everything went black. When she came to herself again she was sitting beside Therris, who was buttoning her shirt. "That hurt!" she said indignantly. "Always does, kid. Didn't anyone ever tell you about Khajiit men? It hurts good though, now doesn't it?" Barenziah scowled at him. She was still smarting. His penis had tiny little barbs on it.
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The armbands of the game's Dragonplate Armor read "Jonahlobe" in the dragon language. Jonah Lobe is a character artist at Bethesda.
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The NPC Erik The Slayer is named after Erik West, who's online alias was "Immok The Slayer". Bethesda was so impressed with his knowledge of Oblivion that they gave him an in depth tour of Bethesda studios and decided to create a character based on Erik. Erik died of cancer in May 2011, and never got to see the release of Skyrim. The Tour of Bethesda's workspace was set-up by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Bethesda was approached to make a game based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, from which the TV series Game of Thrones is also derived. Although they wanted to do it, they turned down the offer to focus on Skyrim.
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The appearance of Draugr is randomized and not gender specific. This means that a Draugr can spawn with a female body and a beard.
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While a dragon corpse is burning, the effect can be seen from the world map.
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According to pre-production concept art, Chaurus were originally planned to be mounts for Falmer riders.
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The quest "A Night to Remember" may be a reference to the movie The Hangover, as both involve characters getting hungover and retracing their steps to find out what happened during the previous night.
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By using console commands and editing the game's files to disable the game's boundaries, it is possible to travel outside of Skyrim's map. Going out far enough south, it's possible to find an untextured place-holder for the White-Gold Tower where the Imperial City should be, as well as the overall landscape of Cyrodiil around it.
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There is a room in Skyrim that holds the corpses of all deceased, unique NPCs. The room can only be accessed through the use of console commands, and has four exits that lead to a black void. Should the dead character be resurrected through console commands, most NPCs will be hostile towards the player.
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The quest "Mind of Madness" has parallels with the story "Alice in Wonderland", where Alice is instructed by The Mad Hatter to do several menial tasks while he has a tea party. When you do finish the quest, you get the staff of "Wabbajack", a reference to the poem "Jabberwocky".
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In the Heroic Fantasy book 'The Name of The Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss, the main character Kvothe stumbles at one point (Page 22 in the attached PDF) and says "I took an arrow in the knee on my way through the Eld three summers ago" The book was published in 2007 and might be where Bethesda got the line from. If this is the case, then 'arrow in the knee' may be an Easter egg or reference to the novel.
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The leader of the Thieves Guild, Mercer Frey, has the same voice actor as another well known thief, Garrett from the Thief series. Both are voiced by Stephen Russell.
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In the games files there is an unused Pit or Arena Called "Windhelm Pit Entrance". Entering the Pit spawns 2 Argonians (Both Male), Nords, Dark Elves and Imperials NPCs, They are all called 'Pit Fans', who are supposed to be spectators. It is believed that Windhelm was going to have an arena at some point of development where you would face against animals or NPC Bandits. There are also Pit guards who are fully voiced, but they cannot be viewed during normal gameplay. The place can be viewed by entering the console commands "coc WindhelmPitEntrance" and "coc WindhelmPitExterior".
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Charles Martinet, voice actor of several main characters from the Mario series, voices Paarthunax, a dragon.
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Southwest of Winterhold, in Bleakcoast Cave, there is a part of the cave guarded by frost trolls where you will find parts of a skeleton hanging from the icy ceiling. On the ground below it is a Steel Greatsword of Weariness. This is a reference to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in which there is a scene where Luke Skywalker is stuck to the ceiling of an icy wampa cave and must use the Force to retrieve his lightsaber to cut himself free.
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At the very top of the Throat of the World, there is a special pickaxe that the player can obtain. The name of this pickaxe is 'Notched pickaxe', and is thought to be a reference to Minecraft creator Notch.
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In Endon's House in Markarth, there is a shelf in the back of the room with Sliced Goat Cheese, a row of Garlic, and some Glow Dust arranged to look like a scene from Pac-Man.
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Slightly Northeast of Bleakwind Basin, there is a pond with a skeletal arm holding a leveled sword, which is a reference to the Lady in the Lake in the legend of King Arthur.
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The Dragonborn DLC contains a reference to Morrowind in which a Wizard casts a spell attempting to fly but winds up ultimately falling to his death.
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The DLC Expansion for Skyrim, "Dragonborn", contains many of the music tracks that were previously found in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. This is fitting, seeing as the game is set on the island of Solstheim, in close proximity to the Morrowind region of Tamriel.
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It's possible that the popular phrase, "I used to be an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow in the knee" was put into the game because Skyrim was the first Elder Scrolls game to not include greaves (knee armor).
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The guards in Skyrim will more often than not say "Let me guess, somebody stole your sweetroll" to the player, this is a gag that Bethesda Softworks have been running since the very first Elder Scrolls game.
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During the night, you may encounter a Headless Horseman, a reference to Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
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In the Dawnguard DLC, in the room to the left of the grand hall of Volkihar Keep, there is a display case containing a hagraven's claw, a sabre cat's eye, a daedra's heart, a dog's ribcage, and a gold ring. This is a nod to Castlevania II, in which Simon Belmont must collect and destroy the nail, eyeball, heart, ring, and ribcage of Dracula to defeat him.
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When Athis is asked why he joined the Companions, his response is "Fortune and glory, friend. Fortune and glory." This is a reference to a very similar line from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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When near Sheogorath, he will sometimes say "Do you mind? I'm doing the fishstick. It's a delicate state of mind." This is a reference to the Fishy Stick meme which began on Bethesda's Official Forums and went on to become a running gag in Elder Scrolls games.
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Directly south of Markarth, near Purewater Run, there is a stone bridge near a waterfall. If it's your first time there, you'll see two goats walking on the bridge, and then a third one climbing up from under the bridge to join them. If you go under the bridge you can find a dead troll. This scenario is a reference to the Norwegian fairy tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff".
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During the quest "Proving Honor", if the Dragonborn asks Farkas if the companions are werewolves, he ends his response with "It's a secret to everybody." This is a reference to The Legend of Zelda series, where this phrase is infamously repeated.
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Just south of the shrine to Peryite, you can find a skeleton about halfway up the mountain. If you look just to the side of the skeleton you will see a sabre cat stuck between two rocks with a weapon lodged in its head. This is a reference to a scene in the movie "300" where Leonidas leads a wolf to a narrow passage, and then stabs it in the head with a spear.
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In Vilemyr Inn, Ivarstead, you'll find a woman by the name of Temba Wide-Arm. Her name is a subtle reference to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 'Darkmok', in which Picard and his crew encounter a race of aliens called the 'Tamaraians'. At one point, Picard is stuck on a planet's surface. He attempts to make a fire, but fails. A Tamarian named Dathon takes a branch from his own fire and throws it to Picard, saying "Temba, his arms wide", to make it clear the fire was a gift.
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