a phrase from Skyrim that is completely overused.
i used to be an adventurer but then i took an arrow to the knee
by kairininja January 14, 2012

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A phenomenon that occurs when you're stopped in your tracks or cease to do something that you used to: popularised in today's culture by Skyrim with the famous phrase "I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee." iterated by guards that pop up in the game. Since Skyrim's release it has found popular use around the interweb, having been parodied thousands of times in youtube videos and comments it has become a meme. The phrase can be applied to any everyday situation by "I used to .... but then I took an arrow to the knee"
"I used to post definitions on urban dictionary, but then I took an arrow to the knee"
by hugphenson December 04, 2011

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A phrase that is fairly old but popularized into a meme via the Skyrim quote

"I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee"

It has since found its way into youtube and message boards alike. Where a comment vaguely involving a video on youtube coupled with the phrase "but then I took an arrow to the knee" can attract hundreds of thumbs up.
It has since become more of spam then anything being put everywhere on every video regardless of relation. However it still fits on skyrim videos and is rather funny when paired correctly.
Me: -Browsing youtube-

Me: -reads comments on video about chocolate bar-

Comments: I USED TO EAT CHOCOLATE LIKE YOU BUT THEN I TOOK AN ARROW TO THE KNEE

Me: Okay....
by engineer is spy December 10, 2011

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A phrase that is never said by any guards in Skyrim ever. And I'm not being sarcastic.
Lots of people say "arrow to the knee" on the Internet, as part of an overused Skyrim joke. I have no idea why—all the guards say "arrow IN the knee".
by Anonymous938743 May 23, 2013

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Arrow to the knee is kind of a joke that originated from a video game called Skyrim. The line from the game is "I used to be an adventurer like you...then I took an arrow to the knee". Many people like to use the phase "...arrow to the knee" at the end of a sentence to compare themselves to what the person can do, or what they are doing.
Man 1 I used to write like you... until I took an arrow to the knee.
Man 2 What?
Man 1 An arrow to the knee.
Man 2 Sorry to hear that.
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Incorrect term used by many when trying to sound like they play Skyrim. The correct phrase is Arrow IN the knee. IN THE KNEE.
follower: I used to ....... then I took an arrow to the knee
WRONG
IT'S ARROW IN THE KNEE
GOSH.
by Frank1777 January 21, 2012

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In Nordic/Scandinavian countries, "taking an arrow to the knee" meant that you are getting married/already got married. It refers to when we propose, we fall to one knee, comparing it to when a man gets shot in the leg, he, of course, falls to one knee.
Like most definitions already posted the most popular example comes from Skyrim: "I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee". The guards are married, and can't go out adventurer, not crippled.
by Researchbot September 17, 2015

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