I wouldn’t call contemporary Nords vikings; they’ve grown too lazy for raiding. You could certainly compare them to the old Scandinavian peoples of the Viking era, however. Not every person was a viking, and vikings were only vikings while raiding; when they returned home, they became farmers and merchants again.
My favorite race has to be Dunmer. They know they are superior and they express this knowledge through slavery. Betmer are little more than animals and humans aren’t very far ahead. Without their Dunmer masters, they would be rolling around in the mud like pigs. Plus, I love House Telvanni’s Nietzschean philosphy of will to power.
Its a tough call but my first character in an Elder Scroll game was an Argonian. I always make an Argonian. I think Nord/Breton fight for the close second. I love playing Orc in ESO but in previous games I thought they were garbage.
US/AD - Dodge Hopper - Vet Imperial Templar | US/AD - Goj-ei-Raj - Vet Argonian Nightblade
US/AD - Arondonimo - Vet Altmer Sorcerer | US/AD - Azumarax - Vet Dunmer Dragon Knight
US/AD - Barkan al-Sheharesh - Vet Redguard Dragon Knight | US/AD - Aelus Vortavoriil - Vet Altmer Templar
US/AD - Shirari Qa'Dar - Vet Khajiit Nightblade | US/AD - Ndvari Mzunchvolenthumz - Vet Bosmer Nightblade
US/EP - Yngmar - Vet Nord Dragon Knight | US/EP - Reloth Ur Fyr - Vet Dunmer Sorcerer
US/DC - Muiredeach - Vet Breton Sorcerer | US/DC - Nachtrabe - Vet Orc Nightblade
EU/DC - Dragol gro-Unglak - Vet Orc Dragon Knight | EU/DC - Targan al-Barkan - Vet Redguard Templar
EU/DC - Wuthmir - Vet Nord Sorcerer | EU/DC - Kosh Ragotoro - Vet Khajiit Nightblade
<And plenty more>
Followed by Breton and Altmer. All three share the same distant ancestry but the Nords appear to have adapted the most to fit in with the changing world around them, whilst not disregarding their roots.
The biggest problem within this game is the lack imagination on its player base and its developers...
DragonKNIGHTKNIGHT!!!! not Dragonscoundrel, neither Dragonarcher....
― Our enemy was bold so we were bolder... our enemy was strong so we were stronger...
― Then, why did you lose?
― Our enemy was stupid...
Get rid of poison on DKs...
Apotheosis Priori~ EP Altmer Vamplar
Illumanatus Priori~ EP Altmer Mag Sorc
Apostate Priori~ EP Altmer Mag DK
Apostate De'Void~ (retired) AD Altmer crafter
PC/ NA, Vivec This is the Spiral Skein. The tower is One. The strands are Eight. The lessons are Forever. "No really, I AM an Ayleid".
I would have chosen nords but in ESO they're depicted as simple-minded and always drunk (or hungover) berserkers. I liked them more in Skyrim where they were proud, quiet and fierce warriors who knew how to have fun but were never that drunk (there were some exeptions). Nords remind me of home.
The second best (and in ESO they're the best IMO) are breton. They're still human, although with more magical knowledge.
I like dunmer. I hate altmer, bosmer and ayleid. I dislike orsimer. I don't give a damn about snow elves. And I have mixed feelings about beastfolk but I tend to like them more than most elves.
"If we are going to play the waiting game, the guy, who has been around for 10000 years, is going to win."
Same poll again, same answer. I like Breton culture with all these politics and chivalry. Lore-wise they are quite ordinary, yes, but for some reason I associate myself with them. Other than that, I like beast races, both Argonian and Khajiits. Other races have their great moments too, except maybe Nords, which looks to me like a common cliche of fantasy nordic people.
However, with each race being so distinct and well thought out, I find it hard to say that one is better than the other (other than Dunmer being actually better at everything than anyone else) from lore perspective.