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The books from Skyrim

Fiction

  • A Dance in Fire - Waughin Jarth
    This series of books retells Decumus Scotti's adventures in Valenwood during the 5 years war between it and Elsweyr.
  • A Game at Dinner - Anonymous
    A published letter from an anonymous spy about the game Prince Helseth cleverly played at the dinner between him and his Councilors.
  • A Tragedy in Black - Anonymous
    A folk tale about black soulgems.
  • Ancient Tales of the Dwemer - Marobar Sul
    The series of fascinating adapted tales.
  • Argonian Account - Waughin Jarth
    Decumus Scotti's adventures in Argonia after his "business trip" to Valenwood (described in A Dance in Fire).
  • Beggar Prince - Anonymous
    The tale of a Valenwood prince who receives unexpected powers from Namira.
  • Bone - Tavi Dromio
    These two books (combined) are one of the series of books featuring Hallgerd, Xiomara and Garaz. Nice story about the invention of medium armor.
  • Breathing Water - Haliel Myrm
    The story of a thief trying to get at his treasure.
  • Cabin the the Woods - Mogen Son of Molag
    A creepy story about a soldier and a ghostly woman.
  • Chance's Folly - Zylmoc Golge
    The story of a skilled, but unfortunate, thief.
  • De Rerum Dirennis - Vorian Direnni
    A story about Asliel Direnni, an accomplished Alchemist of the Direnni clan.
  • Deathbrand - Artise Dralen
    A legend about a dying pirate king's ghost.
  • Eslaf Erol Series - Reven
    The life of Eslaf Erol, ironical and completely ludicrous.
  • Feyfolken - Waughin Jarth
    The classic tale of scribe and his enchanted quill.
  • Final Lesson - Aegrothius Goth
    Another lesson imparted by the Great Sage (from the Feyfolken books) to his students.
  • Hallgerd's Tale - Tavi Dromio
    As Hallgerd's stated: "This is a story about someone who was more agile and accomplished in his armor than out of it".
  • Ice and Chitin - Pletius Spatec
    How ice and chitin saved an Officer and her Lieutenant from an army.
  • Immortal Blood - Anonymous
    A tale about a vampire hunter who likes to surprise his enemies by striking the first blow. Nothing seems to take him by surprise. Well... Almost.
  • Incident in Necrom - Jonquilla Bothe
    Four adventurers set out to clear a cemetery from vampires. Exults the benefits of illusion magic.
  • Kolb & the Dragon - Anonymous
    A choose-your-own adventure book.
  • Last Scabbard of Akrash - Tabar Vunqidh
    This book has it all -- romance, slavery, and head lopping!
  • Mystery of Talara - Mera Llykith
    The classic story about political intrigue in the royal family of Camlorn.
  • Night Falls on Sentinel - Boali
    An assassin tells of how he removed the crown prince of Sentinel.
  • Of Fjori and Holgeir - Anonymous
    The legend of two doomed lovers.
  • Orsinium and the Orcs - Menyna Gsost
    A story about how Gortwog won the land between Menevia and Wayrest.
  • Palla - Vojne Mierstyyd
    The classic, relatable tale of a boy in love with his friend's mother. Great ending.
  • Purloined Shadows - Waughin Jarth
    A young girl learns a valuable skill from a master thief
  • Ruins of Kemel-Ze - Rolard Nordssen
    An archeologist's adventure in the fabled ruin.
  • Surfeit of Thieves - Aniis Noru
    A tale about a robbery gone horribly, horribly awry.
  • The Armorers' Challenge - Mymophonus
    A story about armorers, and how to use specific armor to fight in special conditions.
  • The Axe Man - Anonymous
    The story of the devlopment of a Morag Tong assassin who exclusively used the axe during business hours. Raises your Axe skill. n
  • The Black Arrow - Gorgic Guine
    A tale which shows that nobles do not always get what they want.
  • The Cake and the Diamond - Athyn Muendil
    An amusing story about a clever alchemist and greedy thieves.
  • The Death of a Wanderer - Anonymous
    The death-bed tale of an old Argonian explorer. Features some backstory on those gemstone claw keys.
  • The Exodus - Waughin Jarth
    This is the story of a young girl named Vralla. When she becomes ill, her parents are told to go to the Mages Guild at Olenveld for help. Vralla gets better in the end, sort of.
  • The Gold Ribbon of Merrit - Ampyrian Brum
    An amusing story of two friends, one a self-centered buffoon and the other a quiet but gifted warrior, reuniting for some idle archery.
  • The Hope of the Redoran - Turiul Nirith
    A tale of a child blessed by a prophesy and the interpretaion thereof.
  • The Locked Room - Porbert Lyttumly
    Yana is a locksmithing student who is interested in the theory and technique of the craft more than the practical considerations of it. Arthcamu is her impatient, pragmatic, and cruel instructor. By the end of the story, one of their deaths is imminent!
  • The Marksmanship Lesson - Alla Llaleth
    The basic argument against mistreating your Bosmer slaves, especially those with exeptional bow ability.
  • The Mirror - Berdier Wreans
    A story about an exceptional fighter and his showdown with his greatest enemy.
  • The Poison Song - Bristin Xel
    A fascinating epic set in the aftermath of the War with the Dwemer and House Dagoth. A story of secrets, betrayal, survival, love, incest and redmeption, this is one you can't miss.
  • The Real Barenziah - Plitinius Mero (uncredited)
    A classic! The story of Barenziah, her life, and her involvement in the politics of Tamriel. Pretty raunchy in places.
  • The Rear Guard - Tenace Mourl
    An amusing tale of a man trapped in a castle, and the ordeals that he must go through to eat.
  • The Refugees - Geros Albreigh
    A group of people hiding from the Camoran Usurper witness the unusal birth of his son.
  • The Woodcutter's Wife - Mogen Son of Molag
    A folk tale of a woodcutter's wife cursed for her deeds.
  • The Wraith's Wedding Dowry - Voltha gra-Yamwort
    Never steal from a women on her wedding day
  • Thief of Virtue - Anonymous
    A thief's most valiant theft.
  • Three Thieves - Anonymous
    A tale of thievery and betrayal.
  • Trap - Anonymous
    The story of someone being captured by the Berne Vampires and being kept as cattle. This book raises your sneak skill.
  • Vernaccus and Bourlor - Tavi Dromio
    Another book of Hallgerd series, telling about the story of a lesser daedra and a great archer hero.
  • Withershins - Yaqut Tawashi
    A ridiculous book about madness.

Guides & Instruction

Histories & Biographies

  • 2920, Last Year of the First Era - Carlovac Townway
    A fascinating drama taking place at the very end of the First Era.
  • A Minor Maze - Anonymous
    The history of Labyrinthian and its creator, Shalidor.
  • A Short History of Morrowind - Jeanette Sitte
    A history book about Morrowind, mostly containing information about the settlements of the Vvardenfell district.
  • Ahzidal's Descent - Halund Greycloak
    The legend of a Nord mage who trained among elves so he could have his revenge on them.
  • Annals of the Dragonguard - Brother Annulus, ed.
    Yearly entries of the Dragonguard at Sky Haven Temple, outlining several important events.
  • Atlas of Dragons - Brother Mathnan
    A list of dragons, living and dead.
  • Before the Ages of Man - Aicantar of Shimerene
    Another history book, recording the Dawn Era and Merethic Era.
  • Biography of Barenziah - Stern Gamboge
    The "official" biography of Queen Barenziah. This is the watered down version that was produced for widespread Imperial distribution.
  • Biography of the Wolf Queen - Katar Eriphanes
    The official biography of Potema, queen of Solitude.
  • Brief History of the Empire - Stronach k'Thojj III
    History of the Septim Empire, from its founding by Tiber Septim to just prior to the death of Uriel VIII. Please note that this version is the latest edition; the error of the Morrowind edition has been fixed by the author.
  • Changed Ones - Anonymous
    Information about the origins of the Chimer.
  • Chronicles of Nchuleft - Anonymous
    Recounts the events of an ancient Dwemeri meeting and assassination plot.
  • Cleansing of the Fane - Anonymous
    Chronicles the destruction of the Ayleid city of Malada in the early 1st era.
  • Confessions of a Dunmer Skooma Eater - Anonymous
    A true story about a Skooma addicted Dunmer
  • Confessions Of A Khajiit Fur Trader - The Fur Trader
    The biography of a Khajiit who grows wealthy by selling his people's fur.
  • Daughter of the Niben - Sathyr Longleat
    The History of Bravil. Includes an interesting legend about the Lucky Old Lady.
  • Fall of the Snow Prince - Lokheim
    Chronicle of a battle between Falmer and Nords on Solstheim in the early 1st era.
  • Flight from the Thalmor - Hadrik Oaken-Heart; Ashad Ibn Khaled, ed.
    A Nord's account of his capture by Thalmor Justiciars.
  • Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation - University of Gwylim Press
    An essay about the early Nordic settlement of Tamriel.
  • Galerion the Mystic - Anonymous
    A biography of Galerion the Mystic, founder of the Mage's Guild.
  • Ghosts in the Storm - Adonato Leotelli
    The author's caravan is attacked by unidentified creatures in the middle of a snow storm.
  • Great Harbingers of the Companions - Swyk the Long-Sighted
    Lists historically important leaders of the Companions.
  • History of Raven Rock - Lyrin Telleno
    Covers the history of Raven Rock, from its founding in the late 3rd era to today, in the 4E200s
  • Lady Benoch's Words and Philosophy - Anonymous
    An interview with the Wood Elf Imperial Guard Lady Benoch about her life.
  • Life of Uriel Septim VII - Rufus Hayn
    A biography of Uriel Septim VII, from the start of his reign to just prior to his death.
  • Nerevar at Red Mountain - Tribunal Temple
    A top secret document about the events at Red Mountain from the Ashlander point of view.
  • Nerevar Moon and Star - Anonymous
    Imperial note about Ashlander legends.
  • Night of Tears - Dranor Seleth
    Exploration of the Elves' attack on Saarthal.
  • Of Crossed Daggers - Dwennon Wyndell
    A history of Riften, explaining its derelict state.
  • Olaf and the Dragon - Adonato Leonetti
    Explores the various legends of the story of King Olaf and his capture of the dragon Numinex.
  • On the Great Collapse - Archmage Deneth
    The history of the Great Collapse and its aftermath, through the eyes of the Collge of Winterhold.
  • Remanada - Anonymous
    A myth of the birth of Reman, and the story of the knight Renauld.
  • Report: Disaster at Ionith - Lord Pottreid
    The story of Uriel V's failed invasion of Akavir.
  • Rising Threat - Lathenil of Sunhold; Praxis Erratuim, ed.
    Summary of the late 3rd and early 4th eras in Summurset and Cyrodiil, with specific focus on the rise of the Thalmor.
  • Rislav the Righteous - Sinjin
    A heroic history book about Rislav Larich, an ancient king of Skingrad.
  • Saint Jiub's Opus - Saint Juib
    Juib's cheesy account of his accomplishments.
  • The Adabal-a - Anonymous
    One of the earliest written accounts to come down to us from the early First Era, said to be the memoirs of Morihaus.
  • The Aetherium Wars - Taron Dreth
    Attributes the Dwemer weakness in Skyrim to infighting over a particularly rare ore.
  • The Battle of Red Mountain - Vivec; Malur Omayn, ed.
    Vivec's take on the battle that took place at Red Mountain. He fails to mention the death of Nerevar, though.
  • The Battle of Sancre Tor - Anonymous
    A history book about the Battle of Sancre Tor, during which General Talos (Tiber Septim) defeated the army of the allied Nords and Bretons through cunning.
  • The Brothers of Darkness - Pellarne Assi
    A history of the Morag Tong and Dark Brotherhood
  • The Dragon War - Torhal Bjorik
    An account of the relationship between dragons and men in the Merethic era.
  • The Falmer: A study - Ursa Uthrax
    A history of the Falmer after the fall of the Snow Prince, explaining their state today.
  • The Firsthold Revolt - Maveus Cie
    The continuing story of Morgiah, scheming princess of Wayrest, who you do a quest for in Daggerfall. After making her deal with the King of Worms, Morgiah moved to Summerset Isle. The rest is contained in this book.
  • The Great War - Justianus Quintius, Legate
    A description of the events between 4E 22 to 4E 180, including the resurgence of the Aldmeri Dominion and the decline of the Cyrodiil Empire.
  • The Knights of the Nine - Karoline of Solitude
    The history of the Knights, from their founding to their decline in the mid 3rd era.
  • The Last King of the Ayleids - Herminia Cinna
    A history of the fall of the Ayleid empire.
  • The Legendary Sancre Tor - Matera Chapel
    A history book about the legendary, but abandoned, and now haunted city of Sancre Tor.
  • The Madness of Pelagius - Tsathenes
    A short biography of the mad Pelagius III.
  • The Night Mother's Truth - Gaston Bellefort
    A history of the Night Mother
  • The Oblivion Crisis - Praxis Sarcorum
    A historical look at the main quest of TESIV:Oblivion.
  • The Reclamations - Thara of Rihad
    Summary of the transition from Almsivi worship to the New Temple
  • The Red Kitchen Reader - Simocles Quo
    A chef reminisces about memorable meals.
  • The Red Year - Melis Ravel, ed.
    A collection of personal accounts of the Red Year in Morrowind.
  • The Rise and Fall of the Blades - Anonymous
    A history of the Blades.
  • The Third Era Timeline - Jaspus Ignateous
    A brief timeline of the third era.
  • The True Nature of Orcs - Anonymous
    A short book about Malacath and the Orcs.
  • The Wolf Queen - Waughin Jarth
    The biography of Potema, Wolf Queen of Solitude.
  • Thirsk, A Revised History - Anonymous
    History and customs of Thirsk, a mead hall in Solstheim
  • War of the First Council - Agrippa Fundilius
    An Imperial overview of the war. Very biased and sometimes innacurate.

Information & Records

Jokes, Songs, Poems & Plays

Religion, Myths, Legends & Metaphysics

  • 16 Accords of Madness - Anonymous
    Stories of Sheogorath's interactions with mortals.
  • A Children's Anuad - Anonymous
    A version of the creation myth, featuring two brother's love for the same woman.
  • A Dream of Sovngarde - Skardan Free-Winter
    A Nord's premature visit to Sovngarde.
  • Aedra and Daedra - Anonymous
    A brief overview of the differences between the two.
  • Aevar Stone-Singer - Anonymous
    A Skaal legend of a boy who returns the gifts of the All-Maker from the Greedy Man
  • Alduin is Real - Thromgar Iron-Head
    One Nord's view of the Alduin/Akatosh dichotomy.
  • An Overview of Gods and Worship - Brother Hetchfeld
    The standard introductory religious work. Very inquisitive in nature; discusses the very nature of the Gods.
  • Ancestors and the Dunmer - Anonymous
    Dunmer funerary rights and ancestor worship.
  • Black Books - Anonymous
    The mysterious "Black Books" that transport you to Hermaeus Mora's Apocrypha
  • Boethiah's Glory - Anonymous
    A prayer to Boethiah
  • Boethiah's Proving - Anonymous
    A true story of the sacrifices demanded by Boethiah of her followers.
  • Daynas Valen's Notes - Daynas Valen
    Valen's notes on the history of the Gauldur Amulet.
  • Elder Scroll - Anonymous
    Secrets of the universe not included.
  • Five Songs of King Wulfharth - Anonymous
    Summaries of the Songs of King Wulfharth, which tell of his rise to, and fall from, power. Also includes the hidden songs about his involvement at Red Mountain.
  • High Hrothgar Tablets - Anonymous
    A history of Dragons and Thu'um, as told by inscriptions along the way up to High Hrothgar.
  • Invocation of Azura - Sigillah Parate
    An autobiography of sorts of a worshiper of Azura. The author discusses several other Daedra Princes (all called Princesses here) as well.
  • Legend of Red Eagle - Clarisse Vien; Tredayn Dren, ed.
    A Reachmen legend about a rebelious ruler named Red Eagle.
  • Lives of the Saints - Tribunal Temple
    Some brief description about the Tribunal saints.
  • Lost Legends of Skyrim - Talsgar the Elder
    Speaks of the 'Forbidden Legend' of Archmage Gauldur
  • Mysterium Xarxes - Anonymous
    A fragment of the Mysterium Xarxes.
  • Mythic Dawn Commentaries - Mankar Camoran
    Messages to the Mythic Dawn from their leader, Mankar Camoran.
  • Myths of Sheogorath - Mymophonus
    Stories of Sheogorath's wacky antics, including the invention of music and the murder of a king.
  • N'Gasta! Kvata! Kvakis! - Anonymous
    The ramblings of the vile Sload Necromancer.
  • Oghma Infinium - Anonymous
    Supposedly contains the knowledge of Hermaeus Mora.
  • Opusculus Lamae Bal - Mabei Aywenil
    Vampire lore - their creation, and the origin of the Lamae Bal, the Blood Matron.
  • Red Eagle's Right - Anonymous
    An invocation of Red Eagle, a legendary king of the Reach.
  • Ruminations on the Elder Scroll - Septimus Signus
    A series of puzzling metaphors attempting to describe the elder scrolls.
  • Shezarr and the Divines - Faustillus Junius
    A treatise about Shezarr and his relationship to the Eight Divines.
  • Sithis - Anonymous
    This tells of the connection between Sithis and Lorkhan.
  • Songs of the Return - Anonymous
    This incomplete cycle tells of Ysgramor and his 500 Companion's conquest and settlement of Skyrim.
  • Spirit of Nirn - Anonymous
    A short text describing differing cultural views of Lorkhan.
  • Spirit of the Daedra - Anonymous
    A Dremora sheds light into the nature of the Daedra. Highly interesting, and gives us a glimpse into their motivations, desires, and fears.
  • The Alduin/Akatosh Dichotomy - Alexandre Simon
    Another view on the relationship between Alduin and Akatosh, this time from an Imperial perspective.
  • The Amulet of Kings - Wenengrus Monhona
    Describes the covenant between Akatosh and Alessia.
  • The Anticipations - Anonymous
    Explains the Anticipations of the Tribunal.
  • The Arcturian Heresy - Ysmir
    The continuation of Ysmir's story, chronicling his interaction with Tiber Septim and his rise to power.
  • The Doors of the Spirit - Anonymous
    A semi-religious text focusing on the tradition of the Dunmer- ancestor worship. This book discusses the ways in which spirits, or ancestors, are all around us and how they should be cared for.
  • The Guardian and the Traitor - Lucius Gallus
    Miraak's origin story.
  • The House of Troubles - Anonymous
    The "House of Troubles" refers to the Daedra who decided not to submit to the Tribunal, according to Temple Doctrine. This is a book about those Daedra
  • The Lunar Lorkhan - Fal Droon
    An explanation of how Tamriel's moons are the decaying body of Lorkhan.
  • The Monomyth - Anonymous
    A theology book that contains some of the most common creation myths.
  • The Song of Pelinal - Anonymous
    A series of fragments describing Pelinal and his deeds.
  • The Tale of Dro'Zira - Dro'Zira; Sonia Vette, ed.
    A Khajiiti account of the battle of Red Moutain. Interesting parallels with the Songs of King Wulfharth.
  • The Totems of Hircine - Anonymous
    Describes artifacts granted to men by Hircine to focus Lycanthropy.
  • Trials of Saint Alessia - Anonymous
    This verse talks about the alleged covenant between Akatosh and Alessia.
  • Varieties of Faith in the Empire - Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
    The compiled listing of Gods of the Empire formerly known as "The Pantheon". Contains lots of interesting information.
  • Wabbajack - Anonymous
    A child accidentally summons Sheogorath instead of Hermaus Mora, and pays the price.
  • Where were you when the Dragon Broke? - Anonymous
    Comments from various knowledgeable people about the Dragon Break.
  • Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi to her Favored Daughter - Anonymous
    A Khajiit creation myth.
  • Yngol and the Sea-Ghosts - Anonymous
    An account of the death of Yngol. Somewhat different than the version in the Songs of Return.

Pamphlets

Research

  • Amongst the Draugr - Bernadette Bantien
    Observations on Draugr behavior and ancient Nordic society.
  • An Accounting of the Elder Scrolls - Quintus Nerevelus
    A Librarian attempts to find information on the number and locations of the Elder Scrolls.
  • Antecedants of Dwemer Law - Anonymous
    A brief overview of the relationship between Dwemer and Altmeri law.
  • Book of the Dragonborn - Prior Emelene Madrine
    A Talos priest's explanation of Dragonborn, their history, and the legends associated with them.
  • Cats of Skyrim - Aldetuile
    A description of the sabrecat.
  • Children of the Sky - Anonymous
    A book about Nords and their Thu'um.
  • Darkest Darkness - Anonymous
    Daedra summoning and the Dunmer religion.
  • Dragon Language: Myth no More - Hela Thrice-Versed
    Inscriptions in the Dragon tongue and their Tamrielic translations.
  • Dwarves - Calcelmo
    Summary of Dwemer culture and achievements.
  • Dwemer History and Culture - Hasphat Antabolis
    Discussed the trivialization of the Dwemer in popular culture thanks to the books of Marobar Sul
  • Dwemer Inquiries - Thelwe Ghelein
    A series of texts describing Dwemer history, culture, and architecture, especially away from Vvardenfell. Includes Dwemer script.
  • Effects of the Elder Scrolls - Justinius Poluhnius, Anstius Metchim
    Describes the various grades of blindness and understanding granted by the Elder Scrolls to their readers.
  • Fall From Glory - Nithilis Lidari
    The current state of Skyrim's Thieves' Guild.
  • Fragment: On Artaeum - Taurce il-Anselma
    An essay regarding the mysterious island of the Psijics.
  • Glories and Laments - Alexandre Hetrard
    An archaeologist's observations about Ayleid ruins.
  • Keepers of the Razor - Anonymous
    History of a group pledged to protecting the pieces of the Mehrune's Razor.
  • Lycanthropic Legends of Skyrim - Lentulus Inventius
    The search for truth about werebears and werewolves.
  • Magic from the Sky - Irlav Jarol
    A valuable treatise on Ayleid magic. This is a great reference source on Welkynd Stones and Varla Stones.
  • Master Illusion Text - Anonymous
    Supposedly the secrets of the universe. Really just gibberish in a fancy font.
  • Notes on Dimhollow Crypt, Vol. 3 - Adalvald
    A description of Dimhollow Crypt's central cavern, and theories as to its builders.
  • Notes on Racial Phylogeny and Biology - Council of Healers
    This is a book about the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel.
  • On Oblivion - Morian Zenas
    An introductory guide to Oblivion.
  • Physicalities of Warewolves - Reman Crex
    Tracks the changes that a human body undergoes when becoming a warewolf.
  • Sacred Witness - Enric Milnes
  • Shalidor's Insights - Shalidor
    Arcane scribbling.
  • Souls, Black and White - Anonymous
    The basics of souls and soulgems.
  • Sovngarde: A Reexamination - Bereditte Jastal
    Some speculation about how to reach the Sovngarde, Nord's afterlife.
  • The "Madmen" of the Reach - Arrianus Arius
    A history of the Foresworn, defending their right to the Reach.
  • The Doors of Oblivion - Seif-ij Hidja
    A book written by Morian Zenas' apprentice about his master's travels in the realms of Oblivion. It contains mentions to events in past The Elder Scrolls games and features Divayth Fyr as a character.
  • The Dragon Break - Fal Droon
    Reexamines the Dragonbreak in historical terms.
  • The Dreamstride - Anonymous
    Describes the Dreamstride, a unique state associated with Vaernima that lets you experience the lives of other people.
  • The Fall of Saarthal - Heseph Chirirnis
    A rather ineffectual report on the state of Saarthal's ruins.
  • The Nirnroot Missive - Sinderion; Sharmirin Raythorne, ed.
    Transcript of a speech given by Sinderion.
  • The Waters of Oblivion - Anonymous
    An article about the dangers of Oblivion and the Daedra. Seems to be written by an especially zealous Aedra worshipper.
  • The Wispmother - Mathias Etienne
    Facts and theories about Wispmothers.
  • There be Dragons - Torhal Bjorik
    An exploration of the nature and history of dragons.
  • Treatise on Ayleidic Cities - Anonymous
    A damaged historical book of Varsa Baalim and the Nefarivigum.
  • Varieties of Daedra - Aranea Drethan
    Mostly information about the ranks and types of the Dremora.
  • Watcher of Stones - Gelyph Sig
    A man's attempts unsuccessful to draw blessings from the star-sign stones of Skyrim.

Journals, Notes & Correspondence

Other

  • Beware the Butcher! - Anonymous
    Warning about the Butcher of Windhelm, posted all over the city by Viola Giordano.
  • Writ of Execution - Anonymous
    A Morag Tong writ for the player character.