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Elsweyr - els weyr - El's weyr - not a coincidence there's dragons?

I've often wondered about the origin of the name Elsweyr (other than the likely explanation that it's a word Bethesda thought looked good when they were making Arena...or possibly they were fed up with creating names, got as far as "that's somewhere else" and decided to reverse it and call it a day).

Particularly because it includes the word weyr which I've been told by various sources is an archaic word for a group of dragons (and never very common because dragons, being fictional, were rarely encountered in large groups). These days it's best known from Anne McCaffery's Pern series, where the dragons and their riders live in 'towns' built into the caldera of extinct volcanoes, called Weyrs (upper case), with each individual dragons cave also called a weyr.

But it also appears in the Dragon Age series where an area of Antiva is labelled 'the weyrs' on the map, and occasionally in other fantasy.

I know in TES lore dragons are mainly associated with Skyrim, because the people there used to worship them, but my understanding is that they could be found all over Tamriel during the first era, so there could potentially have been enough of them in Elsweyr to influence the name. Admittedly I have no idea who or what El would be, it's far too short for a dragon name, but maybe it could be the name someone else gave to a dragon?
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  • PrinceShroob
    "When [Anequina and Pellitine] united in 309th year of the 2nd Era with the marriage of Keirgo of Anequina and Eshita of Pellitine, the two rulers fully recognized how historic their pact was, and renamed their land accordingly, to Elsweyr. The derivation of this unusual name has perplexed scholars. One commonly held rationale hinges on a particular Khajiit proverb that 'a perfect society is always found elsewhere,' suggesting that the new King and Queen had that aim, and that sense of humor. Another is that it is a reference to Llesw'er, a paradise promised to the Khajiit by the Riddle'Thar..." -- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition

    However, after an admittedly brief search, I can only find a reference to "weyr" as coming from a series called The Dragonriders of Pern. Since that series is from the 1960s, it's possible that the "weyr" in Elsweyr is a reference.
    Edited by PrinceShroob on January 16, 2019 5:17PM
  • Faulgor
    (Auri-)El's Weyr?
    Alandrol Sul: He's making another Numidium?!?
    Vivec: Worse, buddy. They're buying it.
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