The first time I played this game I spent 2 hours in the starting village looking for quests then got physically sick as I fought the goblins outside the gates. Game's been sitting untouched since then.
Happened to me too. I can't even remember where the actual game starts, but once I got over that bump I was hooked.
Also I switched from sword/shield to assassin and it kind of helped
post yfw the first time you were dragged off by a Garm