Rorikstead (also known as Rorik's Steading, or Rorikhofkah in the Dragon Language) is a small settlement in the Western Plains of Whiterun Hold. Some variant of the name appears in many old records, with the earliest dated mention of it being in 2E 373, and another text placing it as possibly existing during the Merethic or First Era. The traditional song of Whiterun, "Ragnar the Red", refers to an "ole Rorikstead".
During the Skyrim Schism, Rorikstead and the rest of Whiterun Hold were part of Western Skyrim and owed fealty to the High King based in Solitude. In 2E 561,[UOL 1] the wife and daughter of Falkreath's Jarl Hjurgol Skjoralmor stayed in the town on their journey to High King Svargrim's coronation in Solitude, and were ambushed by a giantess' herd of mammoths shortly after. The twin brothers Roggvir and Fenrig hailed from the town and were called its protectors around 2E 578. Trade was still occurring between Windhelm and Rorikstead circa 2E 582, despite owing allegiances to opposing High Kings.
The land around the settlement was purportedly barren around the time of the Great War. After the war, a local nobleman named Rorik purchased the land. He claims to have founded the settlement, and that it hasn't had a bad crop since. The local farmers make a living by trading their produce to merchants in Whiterun. The dragon Nahagliiv, who was buried in a mound west of the settlement around the time of the Dragon War, was resurrected in 4E 201 by Alduin.
- Rorik's claim that he founded the settlement is hard to reconcile with the historical record, though it is possible Rorikstead was abandoned and later re-founded. However, this explanation doesn't account for the settlement's name being based on his.
- The village of Lainalten appears in Arena at the exact same area where Rorikstead is presently located, though it is unclear if they are intended to be the same settlement.
- For game-specific information, see the Skyrim article.
- Holdings of Jarl Gjalund — Slafknir the Scribe
- Atlas of Dragons — Brother Mathnan
- Songs of Skyrim: Revised — Giraud Gemaine, Historian of the Bards College, Solitude
- Meet the Character - Eerika Skjoralmor — Torik
- Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion Characters and Summary
- Windhelm Shipping Manifest
- Rorik's dialogue in Skyrim.
- Events of 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.