@SlashDance: I felt a little ridiculous throughout the entire main storyline. All these viking-esque Nords with their code of honor, tradition, large burly weapons and heavy armor etc. Here I am, a greyish little wood elf archer, constantly crouched, sneaking around bow in hand - about as far removed from the entire dragonborn mythos as possible. I honestly felt like I totally didn't belong - and thats correct because Wood Elves according to the Skyrim lore come from a land really far away and elves in general are not welcome in Skyrim. Still, considering the main quest is VERY Nord centric there was a huge disconnect for me.
Skyrim felt very odd to me as well, it seemed Bethesda banked on the player being a Nord far too much.