10 Elden Ring Interesting Lore Facts

You probably might have missed some interesting things while playing the game. So, we are here cover that for you

In Elden Ring, the basic story is pretty straightforward, at least from my understanding. You have to seek out the Shardbearers, who hold the Great Runes, which will help you reassemble the Elden Ring, and you will become an Elden Lord after that. Players will find most of the Lore in the usual Soulsborne way.

Key Takeaways
  • Root Resin mentions a Great Tree linked to Erdtree, taken down by an unknown force.
  • Life resisted, but Erdtree prevailed in wars.
  • To thwart humans, The Greater Will buried Nokron and Nostella via the malformed star, Astel.
  • Godfrey, defeating Storm Lord, became first Tarnished, losing grace guidance.
  • Loathsome Dung Eater seeks to inflict Seedbed Curse on all in The Lands Between.
  • Marika and Radagon are the same person, parents of Melania and Miquella, cursed differently.
  • Elden Beast becomes Elden Ring, with Queen Marika as its vessel.
  • Rennala sings about reviving her daughter, Lunar Princess Ranni, in a boss fight.
  • Equipping Queen’s Bracelet reveals a hidden Dark Moon Ring related to Ranni.
  • Radahn learns gravity magic to stay with his massive size, unable to ride his horse, Leonard.

1. Great Erdtree

Greattree Lore in Elden Ring
Lore about Greattree in Elden Ring

Erdtree, the symbol of the golden order, is the physical form of the Elden Ring and the source of life in the Lands Between. Created by the Greater Will, it conceals a darker origin. Contrary to common knowledge, Erdtree is not the first tree in the Lands Between. Players may discover Root Resin, an item originating from the roots of the Great Tree, suggesting a precursor to Erdtree. Descriptions reveal that the roots of the Great Tree and Erdtree were once interconnected, indicating the existence of a predecessor that was eventually dismantled.

2. The Erdtree Is A Parasite

Fact about Erdtree being a Parasite
Erdtree is a Parasite in Elden Ring

The Erdtree, initially appearing as a symbol of the Golden Order’s rule, reveals a darker nature as a parasitic force seeking to dominate the Lands Between. While commonly considered the Source of Life, evidence from the Remembrance of the Dragonlord indicates the existence of life and an Elden Lord, Dragonlord Placidusax, before the Erdtree’s arrival.

The Incantation “Protection of the Erdtree” details the Erdtree’s struggle against the opposition, suggesting it aimed to subdue the powerful Greattree. Souls of the deceased within the Lands Between are said to be fed to the Erdtree or the Greater Will. This hints at the Outer Gods’ strategic move to exploit the potential power of the Greattree, making Erdtree a parasite sent to gain control and influence in the region.

3. The Eternal Cities Of Nokron And Nostella

Lore of Nokron and Nokstella
Lore about Nokron and Nokstella in Elden Ring

The twin Eternal Cities of Nokron and Nostella, buried deep underground in a vast crater, raise questions about their unusual location. Insight into this mystery is found in the lore of the Nox Swordstress Armor, revealing that Nox, having angered the Greater Will ages ago, was banished underground.

  • The Fingerslayer blade, a hidden treasure in Nokron, provides further clarity.
  • It signifies disloyalty by the Eternal City and, importantly, mentions its capability to damage the Greater Will and its vassals.
  • The answer lies in the Greater Will’s reluctance to allow humans to interfere with its plans, especially in defeating the Elden Beast.
  • The tragedy that befell the Eternal City is linked to Astel, the Natural Born of the Void, detailed in the Remembrance of Natural Born.
  • Astel, a malformed star-turned meteor, crushed the city, explaining its subterranean burial within the crater.

4. Godfrey Is The First Tarnished

Fact that Godfrey is the First Tarnished
Godfrey is First Tarnished in the Elden Ring Lore

You all know that Godfrey is the first Elden Lord and the first husband of Queen Marika. The story of Godfrey starts as an intense warrior, and his name is “Hoarah Loux.” Later, he met Queen Marika and became her consort and first Elden Lord. Godfrey had led a long campaign on Marika’s order, which was to defend the Erdtree and her Golden Order. 

In my opinion, he’s probably one of the coolest in-game characters, up there with the likes of Radahn, Malenia, and Maliketh.

  • Queen Marika bore three children with Godfrey: Godwyn, the Golden; and the twins, Mohg, Lord of Blood, and Margott, the Omen King.
  • Marika, being the Goddess, made her children Demigods.
  • Godfrey led the battles against the giants, whose flames put a risk at Erdtree.
  • He alone challenged the Storm Lord. But as his last worthy opponent fell, his eyes started to fade and became dull.
  • He then was robbed of his grace and was banished from the Lands Between, which makes him the first tarnished.

5. Loathsome Dung Eater Lore

Lore of Dung Eater
Dung Eater Lore in Elden Ring

The Loathsome Dung Eater, encountered in the Roundtable Hold, is a peculiar and perilous character in the Lands Between. Initially found resting, his true body resides in a cell within the Subterranean Shunning Grounds. Initiating his quest requires approaching him with at least one seedbed curse in the Roundtable Hold.

Adorned in armor crafted from cut-down horns of Omens, the Dung Eater desecrates the bodies of victims, preventing their souls from returning to the Erdtree. Executed by hanging, he was revived as a Tarnished through the gift of Grace. His sinister goal extends beyond personal affliction; he seeks to impose his seedbed curse on everyone in the Lands Between.

The Dung Eater has a unique ending in the game. Assisting him in his quest and using his rune on the fractured Marika’s statue unleashes the seedbed curse across the Lands Between, subjecting all to a horrific fate. In my opinion, he’s probably the most gruesome character FromSoftware’s ever created.

6. The Relationship Between Marika and Radagon

Relationship between Queen Marika and Radagon
Queen Marika & Radagon

Radagon, initially the husband of Queen Rennala with three children, later left her to join Queen Marika, becoming her second husband and gaining the title of the second Elden Lord after Godfrey’s banishment. This union between Radagon and Marika took a surprising turn when it was revealed that Queen Marika was, in fact, Radagon.

  • As Queen Marika/Radagon, they share two cursed children, Malenia and Miquella.
  • Malenia is afflicted with the Scarlet Rot, causing internal damage and resulting in the loss of several limbs.
  • Miquella, on the other hand, is cursed with eternal childhood, condemned to exist as a child forever.
  • The precise nature of their relationship, despite being the same person, remains shrouded in mystery.

I know it can be confusing sometimes, but this was showcased in Elden Ring’s release trailer, and I found it really interesting from a narrative perspective.

7. How The Elden Ring Was Forged

Elden Ring before shattering
Elden Ring

The Elden Ring’s objective is to reconstruct it by gathering the Great Runes, prompting the question of its origin. While the Greater Will initially threw a meteorite into the Lands Between, the Elden Stars Incantation suggests that it was a creature, the Elden Beast, which would later transform into the Elden Ring.

Contrary to physical possession, Queen Marika is portrayed as a vessel for the Elden Ring in the lore. This implies that the Elden Ring doesn’t exist as a tangible object but takes on a physical form through a vessel.

This concept aligns with the observation that during the battle with Radagon, the Elden Ring hovers within him. When Radagon is defeated, the Elden Beast emerges from him, emphasizing that without a vessel, the Elden Ring reverts to its original form.

8. Juvenile Scholar Lore

Lore of Juvenile Scholar
Lore of Juvenile Scholar in Elden Ring

Have you ever wondered what words her children are singing while you fight Renalla? It’s hard to listen to them with all the chaos going around. But if we try to hear the individual’s voice line in the midst of the fight, we would hear, “Sleep tight, bound tight, by mother’s amber.” 

Now, Mother’s Amber means Rennala’s Amber Egg. Inside this egg is the Great Rune, which was gifted to her by the Radagon, her former husband. 

And with this egg, Rennala can rebirth her Juvenile Scholars anytime she wants. Further listening to the lullaby, it says, “Sleep tight, find life, in mother’s umbra”.

Cracking this, you found out that Umbra means “Shadow”. And going deeper, Umbra is the darkest region of shadow during Lunar Eclipse. 

Now, this becomes much more poetic as Rennala is the Queen of the Full Moon, and she wants to resurrect her daughter, Lunar Princess Ranni, because her former husband, Radagon, left her, and even the academy rebelled against the royal family.

9. Queen’s Bracelet Lore

Lore of Queen's Bracelet
Queen’s Bracelet Lore in Elden Ring

When you equip the Queen’s Bracelet, you do not just put the bracelet on, but you put a tiny ring on your little finger, too. Furthermore, it’s said that if you wear a ring on your little finger, it means that you also own another expensive piece of jewelry that is stored away, and that’s what Rennala seems to be doing.

In her boss’s room, there is a chest that has Ranni’s Dark Moon Ring, a ring meant for betrothal, and it is to be given by the Lunar Princess Ranni to her consort.

  • With this ring, you can become Ranni’s Consort and unlock a new ending, where you will help Ranni become a god; the ending is known as the Age of Stars.
  • The ring’s description furthermore states that “Ranni is an Empyrean, and her consort would by rights earn the title of the lord.”
  • This shows how the royal family deemed betrothal.

10. Radahn Learns Gravity Magic

Horse Ridden by Radahn
Starscourge Radahn Riding his Horse

Radahn, arguably the coolest character in my opinion, is the son of Radagon and Queen Rennala. Radahn was well influenced by the first Elden Lord, Godfrey. He was so influenced that he even decorated his armor with lions, which was actually the symbol of the first Elden Lord, Godfrey.

As Radahn grew in age, his size also grew massive. Eventually, he was not able to ride his beloved horse, Leonard. So, he learned Gravity Magic in Sellia through a Master. Learning Gravity Magic allowed him to manipulate the forces of gravity and also allowed him to ride his beloved horse.

His powers were so great that he even conquered stars by using Gravity Magic to hold the stars in one place and also saving Sellia in the process. He then earned the title “Starscourge”. The fact of not wanting to abandon his horse made players love him.

And if you have trouble beating the mighty Radahn, you can always read our guide on How To Beat Radahn.

That’s it for my Elden Ring Lore Facts. Do tell me in the comments section which Elden Ring Lore Facts intrigued you the most.

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