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天际的诺德人

作者:赫斯蒙德·狼心

原文地址:http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Nords_of_Skyrim

翻译:花溪流萤

天际的诺德人 – 我的人民,我的骄傲。

尊敬的读者,我是一位名叫赫斯蒙德·狼心的诺德人,然而,更为重要的是,我是一名土生土长于天际大陆的诺德人。

我深切的希望我写下的这卷文字能使泰姆瑞尔其他地方的人了解我们的人民,他们理应被人了解,同时能够了解这个行省的真实面貌,一个有着无与伦比美景及文化传统的地方。

你们所知道的一些东西无疑都是事实,身体外形方面,我们诺德人就令人印象深刻,视觉方面总是令人难忘-身材高大,骨骼强健,肌肉发达。我们的头发通常是金色的,并且裹缠着饰带,这已经成为我们世世代代的传统。通常我们用野兽的皮来裹缠,因为这些生物在天际随处可见,不去利用这么得天独厚的资源,我们就太愚蠢了。

读到这里,你可能会对我的表达能力以及一个北方野蛮人拥有读写能力而感震惊。好吧,其实很多诺德人都拥有读写能力,我的父亲从孩提时代就开始就教导我写信,他的父辈同样如此。

而且我们天际省的孩子学习的技艺多种多样,已经远远超出单纯的文字学习范畴。与此同时我们也是工匠,长久以来都在学习利用钢铁,就像雕塑家利用粘土那样。 实际上,我曾亲眼所见,来自高岩省和赛瑞迪尔的来访者在看到天空熔炉里锤造的灰鬃部落借上帝之手打磨出的美丽致命的剑时,都难以置信的感叹。 你可能会问,这些怎么会是真的?这些成就怎么可能来自那些尚未脱离淤泥和积雪的人?再次强调,地域偏见掩盖了真相。

天际省的城市是诺德人创造性和技术的一个明证。其中最主要的城市是孤寂城,乃是至尊王驻地,同时亦是地区首府;风舵城,古老而又备受尊敬,宛若雪中明珠。麦卡斯,凿刻自天然岩石体,历史悠久。裂谷城,依偎在秋水森林金黄色的阴影中,盛产美味的鲜鱼和蜂蜜酒,银驰城环抱月瓦斯卡而建,是最高贵的战友团和令人敬畏的天空熔炉的基地。

现在,亲爱的读者,你已经对我们(天际和诺德人)有了比较全面的了解,我们诺德人不仅有你们想象的一切,而且还有更多奥秘。

但是勿要仅仅满足于本书的叙述,预订一张马车票或者船票,来北方旅行吧。用自己的眼睛来来看天际,来看自神创世纪以来,诺德人生活的天际。

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Nords of Skyrim
by Hrothmund Wolf-Heart
An essay professing the finer qualities of Nords


Nords of Skyrim - My People, My Pride
 
Respected reader. My name is Hrothmund Wolf-Heart, and I am a Nord. But, more importantly, I am a Nord born and raised in the land of Skyrim.
I write this volume in the desperate hope that the rest of Tamriel can come to know my people as they deserve to be known, and understand this province for what it truly is - a place of uncontested beauty and culture.
Some of what you know is undoubtedly true. Physically, we Nords are an impressive, often imposing sight - tall of stature, strong of bone, and thick of muscle. Our hair is often fair, and worn braided, as has been the custom for generations. Often we are swathed in the hides of beasts, for such creatures are abundant in Skyrim, and we would be foolish not to take advantage of such an available resource.
Having read this far, you may be shocked at the strength of my words, and the literacy of a northern "savage." Aye, many Nords can both read and write. My father began my instruction in the way of letters when I was but a bairn, as did his father, and his father before him.
But the accomplishments of the children of Skyrim are multitude, and go beyond mere wordcraft. For we are artisans as well, and through the ages have learned to manipulate steel the way a sculptor would clay.
Indeed, I have seen with mine own eyes, visitors from High Rock and Cyrodiil weep in disbelief as they beheld the blades wrought in the fires of the Skyforge, and honed to beautiful deadliness by the gods-touched hands of Clan Gray-Mane.
But how can this be true, you ask? How are such achievements possible from a people who have yet to emerge from the muck and snow? Again, provincial bias clouds the truth.
The cities of Skyrim are a testament to Nord ingenuity and craftsmanship. Chief among them areSolitude, seat of the High King and capital of the province; Windhelm, ancient and honored, a jewel in the snow; Markarth, carved into the living rock itself, in ages long since past; Riften, nestled in the golden shadows of the Fall Forest, whence comes delicious fish and mead; and Whiterun, built around the hall of Jorrvaskr, home of the most noble Companions and revered Skyforge.
And now, respected reader, you have the full measure of it. We Nords are everything you imagined - and so much more.
But let not this work be your only gateway to the truth. Book passage on carriage or vessel, and make the journey north. See Skyrim with thine own eyes. See Skyrim as have the Nords, since the gods first shaped the world.

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