The picture depicts the North being a snowy, dangerous place—but it's missing what the trope is apparently actually
about: how bad guys use snowy locations. Icecrown Citadel◊
from the ominously named "Northrend" continent from World of Warcraft
seems like an ideal replacement. The image was chosen last time
by an Image Pickin' thread, replacing a different image of Icecrown Citadel for being a duplicate of Ice Palace
The Skyrim picture was chosen mostly because the clock got set and nothing else suggested. It doesn't appear to be an actual example. This is about bad guys picking their lair of doom to be a snowy, cold place.
ETA: Also, the previous IP thread seemed to doubt this trope was really about bad guys in snowy places. The earliest known page from the Wayback Machine gives this
description and follows suit with examples.
edited 11th Apr '12 5:37:42 PM by helterskelter