Oblivion:Books

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As with previous Elder Scrolls games, Oblivion is filled with books. Most books just fill in back story or provide lore material, but a few books will add markers to your map or give you training in a skill. It isn't necessary that you (the player) read the full text of these special books. You will receive the benefit of them as soon as you open them.

There are two other types of reading material in the game: The Black Horse Courier, and random notes and letters. A list of books broken down by subject can be found here.

Skill Books

The first time you read a given Skill Book, your level in the associated Skill will be permanently increased by one point. If a major skill is increased, it will count towards leveling up; the skill increase will also contribute to the skill bonuses you receive next time you level up. Unlike Trainers, there is no limit to how many Skill Books you can read at one level (other than how many you are able to find).

You can open a Skill Book, read it, and acquire the skill bonus without it being considered theft. Theft occurs only if while reading it you choose to "Take" the book. If you just close the book (putting it back where you found it) no crime is committed.

If you find a second copy of a Skill Book that you have already read, you will not receive any skill bonus for reading the second copy.

When you have reached Mastery in a skill (100 points), reading an unread skill book will not produce any effect: it will not increase your skill above 100 points; it will not increase the Skill Books Read counter in your character statistics either, and you will not even be alerted of the skill book discovery. This also holds true if the skill in question is fortified past 100; you will not gain the relevant skill increase or be notified of the fact that you have found a skill book. Unlike with trainers, using a Drain Skill spell to decrease a skill level under 100 will not allow you to use the skill book to increase your skill level over 100. However, you can decrease your Master skill back down to Expert by serving jail time, allowing you to read the book and get the skill point as normal.

A potential way to maximize skill books bonuses is to delay reading books located

  • in containers -- since you can transfer them in your inventory without reading them
  • outside containers, in a permanent, non-hostile, easily accessible location (such as a Mages Guild bookshelf or the Arcane University)

until you have reached Expert status (75 to 99 points) in the relevant skill, since one extra skill point is much harder to gain when you're an Expert than when you're still a Novice. However, this advice does not work for skill books found outside containers during quests, as it is not possible to take them without opening, thus reading them first.

There are 109 skill books in total: 5 for most skills; 6 for Conjuration, Destruction, Illusion, Mysticism, and Heavy Armor; and 4 for Speechcraft. (The four "extra" Magic books are the four Mythic Dawn Commentaries the player is supposed to read as part of The Path of Dawn, leaving the standard 5-per-skill to be discovered outside of the quest).

Twenty of the skill books (one in each skill, except for Speechcraft) can be found in random loot. This means that there is a small chance that one of these twenty books will appear in boss-level chests in dungeons with certain types of enemies. See this page for more specifics. There are also two quests from which you will receive a random skill book as your reward:

  • Bear Season: one of six Combat skill books (all the Combat books found in normal random loot, except for Armorer).
  • Two Sides of the Coin: one random Combat or Magic skill book, including those not normally found in random loot; plus one of the following 6 books: Purloined Shadows (Sneak), Mystery of Talara v1 (Acrobatics), Rislav The Righteous (Light Armor), The Black Arrow v2 (Marksman), A Dance in Fire v7 (Mercantile), or Surfeit of Thieves (Security).

Outside of Two Sides of the Coin, the remaining 89 books exist only in specific locations.

If you have Shivering Isles installed, there is an additional quest from which you will receive a random skill book as your reward:

Remember that floors are given using the American style; thus "first floor" in the list means "ground floor" if you're British.

Book Name (ID) Skill Author Description Where this book can be found
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The Black Arrow, v 1
Acrobatics Gorgic Guine Volume one of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
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A Dance in Fire, v1
Acrobatics Waughin Jarth Chapter 1 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
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A Dance in Fire, v4
Acrobatics Waughin Jarth Chapter 4 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
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Mystery of Talara, v 1
Acrobatics Mera Llykith Part one of the story of Princess Talara
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Thief
Acrobatics Reven The second chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol
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Calcinator Treatise
Alchemy Argonian secrets of proper Calcinator positioning
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De Rerum Dirennis
Alchemy Vorian Direnni Tales about a creator of Alchemy Science
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A Game at Dinner
Alchemy An Anonymous Spy A spy's observations upon poison making and a dinner party
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Mannimarco, King of Worms
Alchemy Horicles Biography of Mannimarco, the leader of Necromancers, in verse
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Song of the Alchemists
Alchemy Marobar Sul Book 5 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.
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Daughter of the Niben
Alteration Sathyr Longleat The history of Bravil town and its famous statue of the Lucky Old Lady
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The Dragon Break
Alteration Fal Droon Explanation of a historical error of timing
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The Lunar Lorkhan
Alteration Fal Droon A theory about the moons Masser and Secunda
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Reality & Other Falsehoods
Alteration Summary of the basic principles of Alteration magic
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Sithis
Alteration Text detailing an apparent connection between Sithis and Lorkhan
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The Armorer's Challenge
Armorer Mymophonus A competition between two skilled armorsmiths
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Cherim's Heart of Anequina
Armorer Livillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University Interview with Cherim, a master tapestry weaver
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Heavy Armor Repair
Armorer Information on the best ways to repair various types of heavy armor
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Last Scabbard of Akrash
Armorer Tabar Vunqidh Story of a slaver's daughter and her Khajiit lover
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Light Armor Repair
Armorer A guide to refurbishing light armor
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The Argonian Account, Book 1
Athletics Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 1
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from the quest Bear Season
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Beggar
Athletics Reven The first chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
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A Dance in Fire, v3
Athletics Waughin Jarth Chapter 3 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
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The Ransom of Zarek
Athletics Marobar Sul How a boy escapes his kidnappers
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The Red Kitchen Reader
Athletics Simocles Quo Autobiographical musings of how the Master of Cuisine came to adore viands
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2920, Morning Star (v1)
Blade Carlovac Townway Volume 1 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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Battle of Sancre Tor
Blade The story of how General Talos defeated the stronghold of Sancre Tor
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Fire and Darkness
Blade Ynir Gorming The history of the Morag Tong assassin guild
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Song Of Hrormir
Blade The epic narrative of Hrormir, one-time champion of Nocturnal
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Words and Philosophy
Blade An interview with a Bosmer master swordsman about her life
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A Dance in Fire, v2
Block Waughin Jarth Chapter 2 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
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Death Blow of Abernanit
Block Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus) The death of Dagoth Thras
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The Mirror
Block Berdier Wreans About a skilled fighter's showdown with his greatest enemy
  • Leyawiin City Watch Barracks, on a shelf in a downstairs storage room
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The Warp in the West
Block Ulvius Tero Reports from Imperial Blades concerning the effects of the Dragon Break on the Iliac Bay region
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Warrior
Block Reven The third chapter of the adventures of Eslaf Erol
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The Importance of Where
Blunt Marobar Sul Book 3 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
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King
Blunt Reven The final chapter in the adventures of Eslaf Erol
  • Anvil Castle Royal Quarters, on a shelf
  • Battlehorn Castle after buying the bedroom area upgrade (mod-specific)
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The Legendary Sancre Tor
Blunt Matera Chapel An attempt to chronicle the rise and fall of Sancre Tor
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Mace Etiquette
Blunt A warrior's instruction pamphlet on proper mace tactics
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from Bear Season
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Night Falls on Sentinel
Blunt Boali How a knight weeds out an enemy of the king
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2920, Frostfall (v10)
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 10 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Anvil Chapel Hall, on a desk
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2920, Hearth Fire (v9)
Conjuration Carlovac Townway Volume 9 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Bruma Chapel Hall, on a shelf
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The Doors of Oblivion
Conjuration Seif-ij Hidja The chronicles of Morian Zenas' journey through the realms of Oblivion, penned by his apprentice
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Liminal Bridges
Conjuration Camilonwe of Alinor A Discourse On The Theory and Praxis of Traveling Between Mundus and Oblivion
  • Arcane University Mystic Archive, in a second-floor display case against the west wall (look for a brown book)
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Mythic Dawn Commentaries 1
Conjuration Mankar Camoran The first book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
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The Warrior's Charge
Conjuration An old poem of the Redguards that deals with the constellations
  • Only found in random loot
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The Art of War Magic
Destruction Zurin Arctus, with Commentary By Other Learned Masters Mastering the art of winning
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The Horrors of Castle Xyr
Destruction Baloth-Kul A One Act Play
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A Hypothetical Treachery
Destruction Anthil Morvir A One Act Play
  • Skingrad Castle Lords Manor, on a shelf in the northwest corner of Hassildor's room.
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Mystery of Talara, v 3
Destruction Mera Llykith Part three of the story of Princess Talara
  • Only found in random loot
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Mythic Dawn Commentaries 2
Destruction Mankar Camoran The second book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
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Response to Bero's Speech
Destruction Malviser, Battlemage Commentaries of "Bero's Speech to the Battlemages" book
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, on a ground-floor bookshelf against the east wall (look for a small blue book on the middle shelf)
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Ahzirr Traajijazeri
Hand to Hand Anonymous The public manifesto of the Khajiit organization Renrijra Krin
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Immortal Blood
Hand to Hand Anonymous Dialogues about fighting with vampires
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Master Zoaraym's Tale
Hand to Hand Gi'Nanth About the Temple of the Two Moons in Elsweyr and its students
  • Found in random loot
  • Possible reward from Bear Season
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Way of the Exposed Palm
Hand to Hand Explanation of the key towards mastery of open-handed combat
  • Black Balconies of Fieldhouse in Fieldhouse Cave, on the ground (hiding under a Cairn Bolete)
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The Wolf Queen, v 2
Hand to Hand Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Two
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2920, MidYear (v6)
Heavy Armor Carlovac Townway Volume 6 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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Chimarvamidium
Heavy Armor Marobar Sul Book 6 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
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Fighters Guild History, 1st Ed.
Heavy Armor Detailing the events leading up to the foundation of the Syffim, now known as the Fighters Guild
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Hallgerd's Tale
Heavy Armor Tavi Dromio Squabbling over the greatest warrior ever leads to a tale of heavy-armor-master Hlaalu Pasoroth
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History of the Fighters Guild
Heavy Armor Detailing the events leading up to the foundation of the Syffim, now known as the Fighters Guild

(Note that this the standard edition of this book; there is also a more expensive first edition, see above)

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How Orsinium Passed to Orcs
Heavy Armor Menyna Gsost The story of how Gortwog won the land to the north of Wayrest
  • Bruma Castle Lords Manor, on a desk
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The Argonian Account, Book 3
Illusion Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 3
  • Arcane University Mystic Archives, upstairs, south wall, right bookshelf, above the Novice Alembic
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Incident in Necrom
Illusion Jonquilla Bothe A story about an illusionist
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Mystery of Talara, v 4
Illusion Mera Llykith Part four of the story of Princess Talara
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Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3
Illusion Mankar Camoran The third book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
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Palla, volume 1
Illusion Vojne Mierstyyd A conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman (volume 1 of 2)
  • Arkved's Tower, on a table next to Vaermina's Orb in the final room (available during Vaermina's Daedric quest)
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The Wolf Queen, v 3
Illusion Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Three
  • Bruma Mages Guild, on a desk in the southeast basement room (look for an orange book)
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Ice and Chitin
Light Armor Pletius Spatec A tale of the manipulation of chitin armor
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Lord Jornibret's Last Dance
Light Armor Song involving men and women's parts
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The Rear Guard
Light Armor Tenace Mourl How a lone man guards a besieged castle and how he obtains his food
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The Refugees
Light Armor Geros Albreigh History of refugees fleeing the Camoran Usurper
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Rislav The Righteous
Light Armor Heroic tales of Rislav Larich, ancient King of Skingrad
  • Deepscorn Hollow after buying the study area upgrade (mod-specific)
  • May also be found in random loot
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The Black Arrow, v 2
Marksman Gorgic Guine Volume two of a story of revenge, and a true master archer
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A Dance in Fire, v5
Marksman Waughin Jarth Chapter 5 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
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Father Of The Niben
Marksman Florin Jaliil Translation of the fragmented journal of Topal the Pilot
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The Gold Ribbon of Merit
Marksman Ampyrian Brum A man tutors his old friend in marksmanship
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Vernaccus and Bourlor
Marksman Tavi Dromio How a short-tempered Daedra tries to make something of himself
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2920, Sun's Height (v7)
Mercantile Carlovac Townway Volume 7 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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The Buying Game
Mercantile Adabael Timsar-Dadisun Tips on buying and selling
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A Dance in Fire, v6
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Chapter 6 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
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A Dance in Fire, v 7
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Chapter 7 of a clerk's adventures in Valenwood
  • Only found in random loot
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The Wolf Queen, v 4
Mercantile Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Four
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2920, Sun's Dawn (v2)
Mysticism Carlovac Townway Volume 2 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Skingrad Chapel Hall, on a desk in a side room (look for a purple book)
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Before the Ages of Man
Mysticism Aicantar of Shimerene Chronicles the major events of the Dawn and Merethic Eras
  • Arcane University's Chironasium, on a first floor Altar of Enchanting, against the southwest wall
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The Black Arts On Trial
Mysticism Hannibal Traven, Archmagister of the Mages Guild A summary of the salient points of the debate which led to the resolution of the Mages Guild on the subject of Necromancy
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The Firsthold Revolt
Mysticism Maveus Cie The story of how Hlaalu Helseth's sister kept the Summerset Isle city of Firsthold
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Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4
Mysticism Mankar Camoran The fourth and final book read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
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Souls, Black and White
Mysticism A scholar's look at the souls of man and beast
  • Fort Cuptor Battlemains, on the stone slab next to a bed, slightly under a coffin leaning against the slab
  • May also be found in random loot
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2920, Rain's Hand (v4)
Restoration Carlovac Townway Volume 4 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Bravil Chapel Hall, on a shelf
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The Exodus
Restoration Waughin Jarth The tale of a parent's desperate bid to save their only child
  • Skingrad Chapel Hall, on a bookshelf in the southwest room (look for a brown book)
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Mystery of Talara, v 2
Restoration Mera Llykith Part two of the story of Princess Talara
  • Only found in random loot
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Notes on Racial Phylogeny
Restoration the Council of Healers, Imperial University
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Withershins
Restoration Yaqut Tawashi A humorous tale of a man's ailment and cure
  • Leyawiin Mages Guild , on a second-floor bookshelf (North-West room), top shelf (South-East corner, look for a green book)
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Advances in Lock Picking
Security A Skill Book in Security, providing tips on how to pick locks
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The Locked Room
Security Porbert Lyttumly How a pupil outlocks her cruel picklock instructor
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Proper Lock Design
Security Written as a manual for lock designers, unintentionally helpful to thieves
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Surfeit of Thieves
Security Aniis Noru How a busted robbery gets even worse
  • Only found in random loot
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The Wolf Queen, v 1
Security Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book One
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2920, Last Seed (v8)
Sneak Carlovac Townway Volume 8 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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Legend of Krately House
Sneak Baloth-Kul A play about the ghostly Krately family and how they died
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Purloined Shadows
Sneak Waughin Jarth A chill tale recounting the theft of Nocturnal's cowl
  • Only found in random loot
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Sacred Witness
Sneak Enric Milnes
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The Wolf Queen, v 6
Sneak Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Six
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2920, Second Seed (v5)
Speechcraft Carlovac Townway Volume 5 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
  • Imperial Palace, on a bookshelf in the Imperial Battlemage's Chambers, top shelf (only available during The Ultimate Heist)
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Biography of the Wolf Queen
Speechcraft Katar Eriphanes A history of the unambiguously evil Queen Potema, the so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude
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The Wolf Queen, v 5
Speechcraft Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Five
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The Wolf Queen, v 7
Speechcraft Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Seven

1 You need to complete the Mages Guild Recommendation Quests to reach this location.
2 If someone sees you here you are Trespassing.
3 Taking this book is theft.

Marker Books[edit]

If you open such a book, a sign will appear on your map, marking a place.

Book Name (ID) Marker Where to find
OB-icon-book-Book9.png Agnar's Journal
(000C55DF)
Fanacas
Kingscrest Cavern
Quickwater Cave
Dive Rock. Note: This does not work in the same way as the other marker books. Merely approaching the lookout point is enough to get the markers. You don't need to read the book or even look at it. (However, the script that adds the marker points IS on the book, though it's not obvious that this is the case.)
OB-icon-book-Book1.png Cleansing of the Fane
(0002C8DD)
Malada Mach-Na's bookstore in Cheydinhal, the First Edition bookshop in the Imperial City, or a purple book found in the bookshelf on the east wall of the 1st floor of the Mystic Archives and in the Chironasium upper level on the third shelf of the bookcase in the northeastern corner.
OB-icon-book-Book4.png Knightfall
(00022E65)
Frostfire Glade The First Edition in the Imperial City during the quest Tears of the Savior.
OB-icon-book-Book1.png Modern Heretics
(00026B1D)
Azura's Shrine Cloud Ruler Temple, or the Mystic Archives in the Arcane University.

Normal Books

These are the normal books found while playing the game: ones that do not teach you anything, but may be a good read nonetheless.

Book Title (ID) Value Author Description
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2920, First Seed (v3)
10 Carlovac Townway Volume 3 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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2920, Sun's Dusk (v11)
10 Carlovac Townway Volume 11 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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2920, Evening Star (v12)
10 Carlovac Townway Volume 12 of a historical series about Vivec and the Empire
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The Adabal-a
30 Morihaus The memoirs of Morihaus, consort to Alessia and Taker of the Citadel
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Aevar Stone-Singer
10 Traditional Skaal myth about a young Skaal's journey to recover the Gifts of the All-Maker
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Amantius Allectus' Diary
100 Amantius Allectus
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The Amulet of Kings
1 Wenegrus Monhana Chronicles the creation of the Amulet of Kings
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Ancotar's Journal
0 Ancotar The journal of a mage, Ancotar, and his experiments with conjuration and invisibility spells
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Arcana Restored
50 Wapna Neustra, Praeceptor Emeritus Cryptic instructions for the restoration of Arcana
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The Argonian Account, Book 2
25 Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 2
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The Argonian Account, Book 4
25 Waughin Jarth Decumus Scotti's continued adventures in Black Marsh, Volume 4
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Ayleid Reference Text
10 Raelys Anine A series of Ayleid phrases and their translations
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Azura and the Box
10 Marobar Sul Book 11 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
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Beggar Prince
4 The story of Wheedle and his gifts from the Daedric Lord Namira
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Bible of the Deep Ones
90 Irlav Moslin Purportedly the ancient lore of the Deep Ones, given to the author by their Chief
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Biography of Barenziah, v 1
1 Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 1
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Biography of Barenziah, v 2
1 Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 2
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Biography of Barenziah, v 3
1 Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 3
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A Bloody Journal
0 Viranus Donton The journal of Vilena Donton's son, found alongside his body
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The Book of Daedra
4 Excerpts from a lengthy tome describing the nature of each of the Daedra
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Brenus Astis' Journal
0 Brenus Astis Fragments of a scholar's notes on the fauna of Cyrodiil
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Brief History of the Empire, v 1
1 Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian Part 1 of a description of events in the history of the Empire
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Brief History of the Empire, v 2
1 Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian Part 2 of a description of events in the history of the Empire
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Brief History of the Empire, v 3
1 Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian Part 3 of a description of events in the history of the Empire
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Brief History of the Empire, v 4
1 Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian Part 4 of a description of events in the history of the Empire
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The Brothers of Darkness
35 Pellarne Assi A brief history of the Dark Brotherhood
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Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 1
4 Captain Torradan ap Dugal The last words of a great pirate, part 1
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Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 2
4 Captain Torradan ap Dugal The last words of a great pirate, part 2
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Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 3
4 Captain Torradan ap Dugal The last words of a great pirate, part 3
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Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 4
4 Captain Torradan ap Dugal The last words of a great pirate, part 4
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Children of the Sky
65 A description of the Nords and the Thu'um
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A Children's Anuad
2 Early religious book providing a simplified version of The Anuad creation myth from the Mythic Era
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Dar-Ma's Diary
0 Dar-Ma The last entries in the diary of Dar-Ma
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Darkest Darkness
10 A description of various Daedra
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Diary of Springheel Jak
0 Jakben, Earl of Imbel, a.k.a. Springheel Jak Rarely used diary of the vampiric Earl of Imbel
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Drothan's Field Journal
25 Frathen Drothan The final stages of the search for Mehrunes' Razor
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Drothan's Journal
1 Frathen Drothan A mage's search for Mehrunes' Razor
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Dwemer History and Culture
25 Hasphat Antabolis A scholar's review of the Dwemer essays written by Marobar Sul
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The Eastern Provinces
5 Discussion of the benefits and liabilities of the ongoing management of Morrowind and Black Marsh
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Fall of the Snow Prince
10 Lokheim An account of the Battle of the Moesring as transcribed by Lokheim, chronicler to the chieftain Ingjaldr White-Eye
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Feyfolken I
10 Waughin Jarth The Great Sage tells Volume 1 of a story of Artaeum, Psijics, and Robotic Enchanters
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Feyfolken II
10 Waughin Jarth The Great Sage tells Volume 2 of a story of Artaeum, Psijics, and Robotic Enchanters
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Feyfolken III
10 Waughin Jarth The Great Sage tells Volume 3 of a story of Artaeum, Psijics, and Robotic Enchanters
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The Firmament
25 Ffoulke A book of constellations and their meanings
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Five Songs of King Wulfharth
100 A summary of five epic songs of King Wulfharth, plus an apocryphal song of the Tribunal, Dagoth-Ur, and Indoril Nerevar
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The Five Tenets
50 The honorable code of the Dark Brotherhood
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Followers of the Gray Fox
3 Detailing the principles and guidelines of membership in the Thieves Guild
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Fragment: On Artaeum
45 Taurce il-Anselma A work explaining some of the history of the Psijic island of Artaeum
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Frontier, Conquest
7 University of Gwylim Press, 3E 344 Details the presence of humans in Tamriel prior to the original Nordic conquests thought to bring humans to Tamriel
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Frostcrag Spire Memoirs
25 Taris Rendil, Arch-Mage Excerpt from the Memoirs of the former owner of Frostcrag Spire
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Fundaments of Alchemy
5 Alyandon Mathierry A fundamental primer on Alchemy
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Galerion The Mystic
8 Asgrim Kolsgreg A biography of Galerion, a Psijic who founded the Mages Guild
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Gelebourne's Journal
0 Gelebourne The journal of an enterprising Brotherhood tomb robber
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Glories and Laments
45 Alexandre Hetrard The "glories" of the Ayleid city Ceyatatar and "laments" over the collapse of the Ayleid civilization
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Gods and Worship
6 Brother Hetchfield Speculation concerning the worship of gods and their benefit from such
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Greywyn's Journal
10 Greywyn The history of the Crimson Scars
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Guide to Anvil
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Anvil's people and notable places
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Guide to Bravil
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Bravil's people and notable places
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Guide to Bruma
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Bruma's people and notable places
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Guide to Cheydinhal
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Cheydinhal's people and notable places
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Guide to Chorrol
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Chorrol's people and notable places
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Guide to the Imperial City
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of the Imperial City's people and notable places
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Guide to Leyawiin
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Leyawiin's people and notable places
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Guide to Skingrad
1 Alessia Ottus An overview of Skingrad's people and notable places
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Hanging Gardens
30 A travel guide to the Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale, written in both Dwemeris and Aldmeris
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Hiding with the Shadow
0 Concerning the nature of thieves and their relationship with Nocturnal
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History of Lock Picking
20 Chronicles the development of modern locks and lockpicking
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Imbel Genealogy
5 A look at the descent of the Imbel name through the male offspring
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Journal of the Lord Lovidicus
35 Lord Lovidicus The tragic journal of a vampire in search of love
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The Knights of the Nine
25 Karoline of Solitude The founding and breakup of the original Knights of the Nine
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The Last King of the Ayleids
25 Herminia Cinna Chronicles the downfall of the Ayleid Empire in the First Era
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The Legendary Scourge
60 A short story and poem about Scourge, the mace of Malacath
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A Less Rude Song
6 Anonymous A standard bawdy ballad
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A Life of Uriel Septim VII
8 Rufus Hayn A short biography of Uriel Septim VII's accomplishments
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Lithnilian's Research Notes
0 Lithnilian A scholar's notes on Welkynd Stones
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Log of the Emma May
5 Journal of a mutinous crew member aboard the Emma May
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Lord Jaren's Journal
0 Lord Jaren A description of the tragic end of a brave Knight of Lainlyn
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Lost Histories of Tamriel
50 Excerpt concerning the Aedric Prophecies, otherwise known as the Elder Scrolls
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The Lusty Argonian Maid
10 Crassius Curio A short excerpt from Crassius Curio's bawdy play
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Macabre Manifest
0 List of recently deceased persons in Cyrodiil
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The Madness of Pelagius
12 Tsathenes Profiling the renowned Mad Emperor
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Mages Guild Charter
1 Rules for membership of the Mages Guild
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Magic from the Sky
10 Irlav Jarol Treatise concerning Ayleid Wells, Welkynd Stones, and Varla Stones
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Manifesto Cyrodiil Vampyrum
1 Tenets of the Cyrodilic vampires
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Manual of Armor
6 Guide to the various types of armor available for Imperial use
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Manual of Arms
3 Guides to the various types of weaponry available for Imperial use
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Manual of Spellcraft
3 An introduction to magic and the Mages Guild
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Messenger's Diary
750 The notes of a messenger showing the way to an ancient Akaviri fort
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Mixed Unit Tactics
5 Codus Callonus A book about the strategies of the Khajiit during the Five Years War
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More Than Mortal
10 Marobar Sul Book 10 of a series of fictional stories about the Dwemer
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Mysterious Akavir
10 Information about the continent Akavir
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Mysterium Xarxes
0
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Mystery of Talara, v 5
25 Mera Llykith Part five of the story of Princess Talara
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Mysticism
40 Tetronius Lor A description of the school of Mysticism
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Myth or Menace?
10 Conjecture as to the existence of a modern Thieves Guild
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Necromancer's Moon
5 A note of forewarning to the Order of the Black Worm
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Nerevar Moon and Star
75 An Imperial scholarly work on the legend of Indoril Nerevar
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N'Gasta! Kvata! Kvakis!
90 N'Gasta An obscure text written in the language of the Sload by a necromancer
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The Old Ways
45 Celarus the Loremaster A guide to the Psijic Order and their beliefs
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On Morrowind
8 Erramanwe of Sunhold A historical synopsis of the Imperial conquest of Morrowind
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On Oblivion
15 Morian Zenas A guide to Oblivion and the Daedra
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Opusculus Lamae Bal ta Mezzamortie
25 Mabei Aywenil, Scribe A brief account of Lamae Bal and the Restless Death
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Origin of the Mages Guild
70 The Archmage Salarth Where and how the Mages Guild started
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Palla, volume 2
10 Vojne Mierstyyd A conjurer's tragic infatuation with a dead woman (volume 2 of 2)
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The Path of Transcendence
0 Celedaen A necromancer's diary of efforts at becoming a lich
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Pension of the Ancestor Moth
40 A Temple novice's initiatory pamphlet on the Cult of the Ancestor Moth
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The Pig Children
40 Tyston Bane Discusses the history of the Orcish threat in the Iliac Bay
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The Posting of the Hunt
85 A document announcing a ritualistic hunting of a mortal by Daedra
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Provinces of Tamriel
25 A brief analysis of the Imperial provinces of Tamriel
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The Real Barenziah, v 1
5 Anonymous Unauthorized biography of the famous Queen Mother of Morrowind, Volume 1
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The Real Barenziah, v 2
5 Anonymous Unauthorized biography of the famous Queen Mother of Morrowind, Volume 2
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The Real Barenziah, v 3
5 Anonymous Unauthorized biography of the famous Queen Mother of Morrowind, Volume 3
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The Real Barenziah, v 4
5 Anonymous Unauthorized biography of the famous Queen Mother of Morrowind, Volume 4
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The Real Barenziah, v 5
5 Anonymous Unauthorized biography of the famous Queen Mother of Morrowind, Volume 5
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The Red Book of Riddles
35 Small collection of riddles
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Remanada
80 Fragmented, mythical recounting of the conception of Reman and the return of the Chim-el Adabal with the people of Tamriel
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Report: Disaster at Ionith
1 Lord Pottreid, Chairman An Imperial-scripted dispatch concerning Uriel V's invasion of Akavir
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Ruins of Kemel-Ze
10 Rolard Nordssen An archaeologist's adventure through ancient Dwemer ruins
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The Seed
10 Marobar Sul Book 2 of an incomplete series of fictional stories about the Dwemer.
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Shezarr and the Divines
25 Faustillus Junius
Subcurator of Ancient Theology and Paleonumerology
Imperial Library
The relationship between the god Shezarr and the other Cyrodilic deities
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Sir Amiel's Journal
0 Sir Amiel Dying confessions of the founder of the Knights of the Nine
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The Song of Pelinal, v 1
80 A description of the origins of Pelinal's name
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The Song of Pelinal, v 2
80 A history of Pelinal's origins
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The Song of Pelinal, v 3
80 A description of Pelinal's mortal enemy, Umaril the Unfeathered
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The Song of Pelinal, v 4
150 A brief list of Pelinal's great deeds
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The Song of Pelinal, v 5
150 Notes about Pelinal's friendship with Morihaus
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The Song of Pelinal, v 6
150 Thoughts on Pelinal's madness
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The Song of Pelinal, v 7
150 On Pelinal's battle with Umaril, and his dismemberment
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The Song of Pelinal, v 8
150 Pelinal's words at the deathbed of Alessia
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Spirit of the Daedra
35 A look into the Daedric mindset
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Tamrielic Lore
15 Yagrum Bagarn A list, compiled by the last living Dwemer, of ancient artifacts
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Ten Commands: Nine Divines
1 The Ten Commands of the Nine Divines
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Thief of Virtue
10 A bawdy tale of one thief's quest for coin, and capture of a lady's virtue
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The Third Door
10 Annanar Orme Tale of a heart-broken, vengeful, axe-wielding woman
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Tome of Unlife
350 A mysterious, blood-stained lexicon belonging to Lorgren Benirus
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Traitor's Diary
0 Mathieu Bellamont The insane ramblings of a traitorous member of the Dark Brotherhood
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Treatise on Ayleidic Cities
5 The history of Varsa Baalim and Mehrunes' Razor
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Trials of St. Alessia
1 Excerpt from a greater work detailing the creation of the Amulet of Kings
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The True Nature of Orcs
45 Book detailing the Orsimer race and their origin
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Varieties of Daedra
10 Aranea Drethan, Healer and Dissident Priest An analysis of Daedra forms, focusing primarily on the Dremora
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The Waters of Oblivion
75 A work on the dangers of Daedra and Oblivion
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The Wild Elves
80 Kier-Jo Chorvak Brief description of the Ayleids, or Wild Elves
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The Wolf Queen, v 8
25 Waughin Jarth Life of Queen Potema, Book Eight

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The Lorem ipsum text found on books being read by NPCs
  • When NPCs carry out their "book reading" animation, the text written in the book they read is a commonly used placeholder text known as "Lorem ipsum", which is often used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document. Note that the text is the same no matter what book the NPC is actually reading.