"Long ago, there was said to be dragons here in Skyrim.
I’m afraid that the legends may be true after all.”
Dragons (Dovah, or Dov plural) are a reptilian race from Akavir that were once widespread throughout Tamriel. Although seeming rather beast-like, they are profoundly intelligent, capable of speech, written language, and comprehending other languages. They were virtually extinct until 4E 201, when they resurfaced in Skyrim with the return of Alduin.