VGR: The Elder Scrolls series has been around since I was just four years old. The universe Bethesda has created over the last seventeen years is just that, its own universe. With a plethora of races, regions, and even gods, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of an Elder Scrolls game.
You have to accept it though, for the time being this is the closest you can get to entering an alternate reality. So when you enter the world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim be aware that you are a new resident in Tamriel.