I've been playing The Elder Scrolls series for quite some time, and something occured to me the other day. According to TES V: Skyrim, Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak killed the King of Skyrim with a Shout. According to Skyrim, the Thu'um is learned by years of practice, meditation, patience, and the understanding of the word. Now since there wasn't a Shout to immediately kill a person (but plenty that would kill a person), how was it that Ulfric was able to Shout a man to death? Somehow I don't think headstrong Ulfric is a Greybeard in disguise.
It got me thinking.
The Imperials, too, have something like a shout. The Voice of the Emperor skill is unique to the Imperials, and lets a character make another person more receptive, rasing their speech, barter, and persuasion skills for the NPC affected. Is this a Shout, a Spell, or just good old Imperial boon-doggling? It acts like a spell, but seriously, it's called 'Voice of the Emperor', not 'Really Useful Spell of the Emperor for those Difficult Times'. (Now that I mention it, that would be a nice spell to have)
So, are Shouts possible for others not living at High Hrothgar until their beard exceeds Thor's?