Morrowind:Skill Books

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Throughout Vvardenfell, there are books designed to enhance various skill levels through academic study of them. When you open one of these skill books, you receive a one-point increase in its associated skill. Unlike training, this skill increase occurs without regard to the level of the skill's governing attribute; however, once a particular skill reaches 100 points, skill books don't raise that skill above 100, but you still get a skill increase message, and if the skill raised is in major/minor groups, the raise counts towards leveling up. Note that reading a book does not count as theft even if it happens to belong to somebody. Thus you can read a book (and get your skill bonus) right in front of its owner without being accused of stealing. Unless you click the "Take" button on the bottom, it's not illegal.

A particular book only improves a skill once, when you first read it; repeat readings have no additional effect on your skill level. An exception to this is a few books which exist in both opened and closed varieties. You can read one of each and gain a skill point each time.

See Also:

Bloodmoon Skill Books

Note: Locations only list places you are guaranteed to find a book. All of these books can also be found as random loot elsewhere.

Book Name Skill Author Description Locations
Realizations of Acrobacy
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Acrobatics Master Rhunen Zebavi Story of a struggle between Telvanni councilors
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 1
BookSkill_Acrobatics2
Acrobatics Waughin Jarth Chapter 1 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 4
BookSkill_Acrobatics3
Acrobatics Waughin Jarth Chapter 4 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
The Black Arrow, Volume 1
BookSkill_Acrobatics4
Acrobatics Gorgic Guine Volume one of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
Mystery of Talara, Part 1
BookSkill_Acrobatics5
Acrobatics Mera Llykith Part one of the story of Princess Talara
A Game at Dinner
BookSkill_Alchemy1
Alchemy An Anonymous Spy A spy's observations upon poison making and a dinner party
The Cake and the Diamond
BookSkill_Alchemy2
Alchemy Athyn Muendil An alchemist tricks a thief!
Song of the Alchemists
BookSkill_Alchemy3
Alchemy Marobar Sul Book 5 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 2
BookSkill_Alchemy4
Alchemy Vivec Book 2 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 18
BookSkill_Alchemy5
Alchemy Vivec Book 18 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
Breathing Water
BookSkill_Alteration1
Alteration Haliel Myrm Lessons on water breathing
The Dragon Break Re-Examined
BookSkill_Alteration2
Alteration Fal Droon Explanation of a historical error of timing
Sithis
BookSkill_Alteration3
Alteration Text detailing an apparent connection between Sithis and Lorkhan
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 13
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Alteration Vivec Book 13 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Lunar Lorkhan
BookSkill_Alteration5
Alteration Fal Droon A theory about the moons Masser and Secunda
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 6
BookSkill_Armorer3
Armorer Vivec Book 6 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 25
BookSkill_Armorer4
Armorer Vivec Book 25 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 29
BookSkill_Armorer5
Armorer Vivec Book 29 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Armorer's Challenge
BookSkill_Armorer1
Armorer Mymophonus A competition between two skilled armorsmiths
Last Scabbard of Akrash
BookSkill_Armorer2
Armorer Tabar Vunqidh Story of a slaver's daughter and her Khajiit lover
The Ransom of Zarek
BookSkill_Athletics1
Athletics Marobar Sul How a boy escapes his kidnappers
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 3
BookSkill_Athletics2
Athletics Waughin Jarth Chapter 3 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 1
BookSkill_Athletics3
Athletics Vivec Book 1 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 8
BookSkill_Athletics4
Athletics Vivec Book 8 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 31
BookSkill_Athletics5
Athletics Vivec Book 31 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Axe Man
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Axe A surprising way to become proficient with an axe
The Seed
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Axe Marobar Sul Book 2 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
The Third Door
BookSkill_Axe1
Axe Annanar Orme Tale of a heart-broken, vengeful, axe-wielding woman
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 5
BookSkill_Axe4
Axe Vivec Book 5 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 16
BookSkill_Axe5
BookSkill_Axe5_open
Axe Vivec Book 16 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec Closed:

Open:

A Dance in Fire, Chapter 2
BookSkill_Block3
Block Waughin Jarth Chapter 2 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
The Death Blow of Abernanit
BookSkill_Block1
Block Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus) The death of Dagoth Thras
The Mirror
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Block Berdier Wreans About a skilled fighter's showdown with his greatest enemy
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 7
BookSkill_Block4
Block Vivec Book 7 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 32
BookSkill_Block5
Block Vivec Book 32 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Hope of the Redoran
bookskill_blunt weapon1
Blunt Weapon Turiul Nirith A tale of a child blessed by a prophecy and the interpretation thereof
The Importance of Where
BookSkill_Blunt Weapon2
Blunt Weapon Marobar Sul Book 3 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
Night Falls On Sentinel
bookskill_blunt weapon3
Blunt Weapon Boali How a knight weeds out an enemy of the king
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 3
BookSkill_Blunt Weapon4
Blunt Weapon Vivec Book 3 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 9
BookSkill_Blunt Weapon5
Blunt Weapon Vivec Book 9 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
Feyfolken II
BookSkill_Conjuration1
Conjuration Waughin Jarth The Great Sage tells Volume 2 of a story of Artaeum, Psijics, and Robotic Enchanters
Feyfolken III
BookSkill_Conjuration2
Conjuration Waughin Jarth The Great Sage tells Volume 3 of a story of Artaeum, Psijics, and Robotic Enchanters
2920, Hearth Fire
BookSkill_Conjuration3
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 9 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
2920, FrostFall
BookSkill_Conjuration4
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 10 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
The Warrior's Charge
bookskill_conjuration5
Conjuration An old poem of the Redguards that deals with the constellations
The Horror of Castle Xyr
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Destruction Baloth-Kul A One Act Play
Response to Bero's Speech
bookskill_destruction2
Destruction Malviser, Battlemage Commentaries of "Bero's Speech to the Battlemages" book
A Hypothetical Treachery
bookskill_destruction3
Destruction Anthil Morvir A One Act Play
The Art of War Magic
bookskill_destruction4
Destruction Zurin Arctus, with Commentary By Other Learned Masters Mastering the art of winning
Mystery of Talara, Part 3
BookSkill_Destruction5
BookSkill_Destruction5_open
Destruction Mera Llykith Part three of the story of Princess Talara Closed:

Open:

Feyfolken I
BookSkill_Enchant1
Enchant Waughin Jarth The Great Sage tells Volume 1 of a story of Artaeum, Psijics, and Robotic Enchanters
The Wolf Queen, Book VIII
BookSkill_Enchant2
Enchant Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Eight
Palla, Book II
bookskill_enchant3
Enchant Vojne Mierstyyd A conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman (volume 2 of 2)
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 19
bookskill_enchant4
Enchant Vivec Book 19 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Final Lesson
bookskill_enchant5
Enchant Aegrothius Goth Two apprentices are separated
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 2
bookskill_hand to hand3
Hand-to-hand Koniinge Letter sent from Koniinge to Charwich about their search for Azura's Star
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 4
bookskill_hand to hand4
Hand-to-hand Charwich and Koniinge Letter sent between Charwich and Koniinge about their search for Azura's Star
Master Zoaraym's Tale
bookskill_hand to hand5
Hand-to-hand Gi'Nanth About the Temple of the Two Moons in Elsweyr and its students
The Prayers of Baranat
bookskill_hand to hand1
Hand-to-hand Adventure of a man in his quest to release a kidnapped lady
The Wolf Queen, Book II
bookskill_hand to hand2
Hand-to-hand Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Two
Hallgerd's Tale
bookskill_heavy armor1
Heavy Armor Tavi Dromio Squabbling over the greatest warrior ever leads to a tale of heavy-armor-master Hlaalu Pasoroth
2920, MidYear
BookSkill_Heavy Armor2
Heavy Armor Carlovac Townway Volume 6 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Chimarvamidium
BookSkill_Heavy Armor3
Heavy Armor Marobar Sul Book 6 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
How Orsinium Passed to the Orcs
bookskill_heavy armor4
Heavy Armor Menyna Gsost The story of how Gortwog won the land to the north of Wayrest
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 12
bookskill_heavy armor5
Heavy Armor Vivec Book 12 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
Incident in Necrom
bookskill_illusion3
Illusion Jonquilla Bothe A story about an illusionist
Mystery of Talara, Part 4
bookskill_illusion5
Illusion Mera Llykith Part four of the story of Princess Talara
Palla, Book I
bookskill_illusion4
Illusion Vojne Mierstyyd A conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman (volume 1 of 2)
Silence
bookskill_illusion2
Illusion Ganpheril Kimeth How an adventurer's fight with a powerful mage was aided with a simple Silence spell
The Wolf Queen, Book III
bookskill_illusion1
Illusion Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Three
Ice and Chiton
BookSkill_Light Armor2
Light Armor Pletius Spatec A tale of the manipulation of chitin armor
Lord Jornibret's Last Dance
bookskill_light_armor3
Light Armor Song involving men and women's parts
The Rear Guard
BookSkill_Light Armor1
Light Armor Tenace Mourl How a lone man guards a besieged castle and how he obtains his food
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 21
bookskill_light armor4
Light Armor Vivec Book 21 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 28
bookskill_light armor5
Light Armor Vivec Book 28 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
2920, Morning Star
BookSkill_Long Blade2
Long Blade Carlovac Townway Volume 1 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 17
bookskill_long blade3
Long Blade Vivec Book 17 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 20
bookskill_long blade4
Long Blade Vivec Book 20 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 23
bookskill_long blade5
Long Blade Vivec Book 23 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
Words and Philosophy
BookSkill_Long Blade1
Long Blade An interview with a Bosmer master swordsman about her life
The Black Arrow, Volume II
bookskill_marksman5
Marksman Gorgic Guine Volume two of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 5
BookSkill_Marksman2
Marksman Waughin Jarth Chapter 5 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
The Gold Ribbon of Merit
bookskill_marksman1
Marksman Ampyrian Brum A man tutors his old friend in marksmanship
The Marksmanship Lesson
bookskill_marksman4
Marksman Alla Llaleth How a Bosmer slave teaches his master's son marksmanship
Vernaccus and Bourlor
bookskill_marksman3
Marksman Tavi Dromio How a short-tempered Daedra tries to make something of himself
Bone, Part One
BookSkill_Medium Armor2
Medium Armor Tavi Dromio Part one of the invention of bonemold armor
Bone, Part Two
BookSkill_Medium Armor3
Medium Armor Tavi Dromio Part two of the invention of bonemold armor
Cherim's Heart of Anequina
bookskill_medium armor1
Medium Armor Livillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University Interview with Cherim, a master tapestry weaver
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 22
bookskill_medium armor4
Medium Armor Vivec Book 22 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 33
bookskill_medium armor5
Medium Armor Vivec Book 33 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
2920, Sun's Height
BookSkill_Mercantile3
Mercantile Carlovac Townway Volume 7 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
The Buying Game
bookskill_mercantile1
Mercantile Adabael Timsar-Dadisun Tips on buying and selling
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 6
bookskill_mercantile4
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Chapter 6 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
A Dance in Fire, Chapter 7
bookskill_mercantile5
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Chapter 7 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
The Wolf Queen, Book IV
bookskill_mercantile2
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Four
2920, Sun's Dawn
BookSkill_Mysticism2
Mysticism Carlovac Townway Volume 2 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 3
BookSkill_Mysticism5
Mysticism Charwich Letter sent from Charwich to Koniinge about their search for Azura's Star
The Firsthold Revolt
bookskill_mysticism1
Mysticism Maveus Cie The story of how Hlaalu Helseth's sister kept the Summerset Isle city of Firsthold
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 4
BookSkill_Mysticism3
Mysticism Vivec Book 4 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 36
BookSkill_Mysticism4
Mysticism Vivec Book 36 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
2920, Rain's Hand
BookSkill_Restoration4
Restoration Carlovac Townway Volume 4 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
The Four Suitors of Benitah
bookskill_restoration3
Restoration Jole Yolivess A man quests to marry his childhood crush through the use of Fortify Attribute spells
Mystery of Talara, Part 2
BookSkill_Restoration5
Restoration Mera Llykith Part two of the story of Princess Talara
Notes on Racial Phylogeny
bookskill_restoration2
Restoration the Council of Healers, Imperial University About the similarities and differences between the races of Tamriel
Withershins
bookskill_restoration1
Restoration Yaqut Tawashi A humorous tale of a man's ailment and cure
Chance's Folly
bookskill_security4
Security Zylmoc Golge The folly of a double-crosser
The Dowry
BookSkill_Security3
Security Marobar Sul Book 10 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
The Locked Room
bookskill_security1
Security Porbert Lyttumly How a pupil outlocks her cruel picklock instructor
Surfeit of Thieves
bookskill_security5
Security Aniis Noru How a busted robbery gets even worse
The Wolf Queen, Book I
bookskill_security2
Security Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book One
2920, Sun's Dusk
BookSkill_Short Blade2
Short Blade Carlovac Townway Volume 11 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
2920, Evening Star
BookSkill_Short Blade3
Short Blade Carlovac Townway Volume 12 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 10
BookSkill_Short Blade4
Short Blade Vivec Book 10 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 30
BookSkill_Short Blade5
Short Blade Vivec Book 30 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
Unnamed Book
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Short Blade Anonymous A lesson on how to assassinate with a knife, followed by a story of counterbetrayal
2920, Last Seed
BookSkill_Sneak2
Sneak Carlovac Townway Volume 8 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Azura and the Box
BookSkill_Sneak3
Sneak Marobar Sul Book 11 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 26
bookskill_sneak5
Sneak Vivec Book 26 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
Trap
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Sneak Anonymous A starving man steals money for food, but pays a high price for his action
The Wolf Queen, Book VI
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Sneak Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Six
2920, First Seed
BookSkill_Spear2
Spear Carlovac Townway Volume 3 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Smuggler's Island
bookskill_spear1
Spear Quarde Anarion A tale of eleven moon sugar smugglers' grisly fate
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 14
bookskill_spear3
Spear Vivec Book 14 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 24
bookskill_spear4
Spear Vivec Book 24 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 35
bookskill_spear5
Spear Vivec Book 35 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
2920, Second Seed
BookSkill_Speechcraft3
Speechcraft Carlovac Townway Volume 5 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
Biography of the Wolf Queen
BookSkill_Speechcraft1
Speechcraft Katar Eriphanes A history of the unambiguously evil Queen Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 27
bookskill_speechcraft5
Speechcraft Vivec Book 27 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Wolf Queen, Book V
bookskill_speechcraft2
Speechcraft Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Five
The Wolf Queen, Book VII
bookskill_speechcraft4
Speechcraft Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Seven
Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 1
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Unarmored Charwich Letter sent from Charwich to Koniinge about their search for Azura's Star
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 11
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Unarmored Vivec Book 11 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 15
bookskill_unarmored4
Unarmored Vivec Book 15 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 34
bookskill_unarmored5
Unarmored Vivec Book 34 of a series of words of wisdom relating to Vivec
The Wraith's Wedding Dowry
bookskill_unarmored1
Unarmored Voltha gra-Yamwort, translated by Apthorne Story of how an Orc reclaims her wedding gift from thieves