Skyrim: 16 Awesome Easter Eggs And References You Totally Missed

“A Silver-Blood always pays his debts”.

Scott Tailford

Gaming Editor


You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d seen everything Bethesda’s frozen masterpiece had to offer being it’s been two whole years since the initial release. But with that being said, we all knew when exploring the game’s vast landscapes that there were bits and pieces we were missing along the way – that overarching feeling that you’d never see everything the world had in it.

Featuring one of the best mission-generating gameplay systems ever put in an RPG, Skyrim has always cobbled together random interactions for the sake of making you visit far off locations you didn’t realise had something worthwhile to offer. However, this time round we’ve put together a list of sights you’ll have to seek out yourself, as they’re the ones that would only make themselves known after every inch of the game has been thoroughly combed over.

Everything from old school game references, movie quotes, fairytales and real world folklore is present here, with the feeling that even after you’ve read what’s contained within – there’s probably still something else out there nobody’s found yet.

So don your Daedric armour and dive back in, as we challenge even those that have already put many hundreds of hours into the game to not be surprised at what’s hiding in the farthest corners of the land.


16. Dragonborn In Wonderland


Starting off with one of the most common references – but only if you were able to locate The Mind of Madness side-quest.

Located inside Solitude, as you journey into the depths of Pelagius’ mind you’ll find many esoteric and off the wall lines of dialogue, but the most striking visual accompaniment to the whole thing is when you come across this little Mad Hatter tribute.

Featuring food that’s actually edible and a Sheogorath character who talks only in barely understandable jibberish, you can hang out in this little area for quite some time breathing it all in before carrying on with what you’re supposed to be doing.


15. The Minecraft Mt. Everest Pickaxe


Starting out with one of the most talked about secrets in the game; not because of its very nature as a tucked-away collectible, but more because it relates to an eery real life story.

You see, the ‘Notch’ pickaxe that’s left sticking out the top of the Throat of the World mountain is a direct reference to two things: Firstly the creator of Minecraft Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson, who already many will remember pushing the iconic Minecraft pickaxe into pop culture as a staple tool in the series.

Secondly though, many think the Notched Pickaxe is in reference to climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine who went missing when scaling Mt. Everest back in 1924. Although Irvine’s body was eventually recovered in 1999, Mallory remains missing somewhere up in the hills – with the only remnant of their combined efforts being a pickaxe stuck in the side of the mountain.

Very spooky indeed.