A Dragonborn, (transliterated from to Dovahkiin in the Dragon Language), is a rare individual who has been born with the blood and soul of a Dragon, but the body of a mortal, and can naturally learn and speak their ancient and powerful tongue.

Dragonborn scarcely exist, and it is rare for more than one to appear within an era. They can belong to any race or gender, since the Dragon blood (transliterated from

to Dovah Sos) is a "gift" bestowed to certain mortals favored by Akatosh.

Some Dragonborn individuals have knowledge of the Thu'um, and can consume a slain Dragon's soul and absorb its knowledge, allowing them to learn Words of Power quickly. It is said that the Blades have always guided, protected, and served the Dragonborn, whom they consider "The ultimate Dragon slayer".

The Prophecy of the Dragonborn, generally attributed to the Elder Scrolls, and sometimes to the ancient Akaviri, tells that, at the end of time, in the wake of the World-Eater, the wheel will turn upon the "Last Dragonborn".