To me Kurgan that is the problem rightaway. Tolkien based his opus on traditions and old books, recycling stuff that MEANT something for hunderds of thousand of ol' folks before the Dark Ages. Things that were sacred or well known legends to actually our forefathers.
So far in Skyrim, the stories -which I stopped reading very soon- are all pastiches and 3rd grade remixes of remixes, names that most of the time are unexistent before and everything seems a creation ad hoc of the devs. I mean, it lacks some REAL connection to the REAL antique world.
But maybe it is just me, because I am dedicated to history, not fantasy. Romans, Vikings, the Cathars, Goths, Napoleon, WWII are significant to me, pure parallel worlds fiction not.
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