Skyrim:Black Book (quest)

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Retrieve a Black Book from a dungeon.
Quest Giver: Madman
Location(s): Benkongerike, Kolbjorn Barrow, Raven Rock Mine, Tel Mithryn Tower, or White Ridge Barrow
Reward: One of a series of Black Books
A Black Book

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Be approached by a madman ranting about a black book.
  2. Kill the madman when he turns hostile and find his note revealing the book's location.
  3. Retrieve the black book from the dungeon.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

In your travels across Solstheim you may come across a madman shouting things related to some mysterious books. He has a chance to spawn at several specific spots all over the island of Solstheim as part of a world interaction. After a short conversation your map will be updated with the location of a Black Book and the madman will attack you. After defeating the madman you will need to travel to the location on your map to retrieve the Black Book.

Possible locations you can be sent to include: Benkongerike, Kolbjorn Barrow, Raven Rock Mine, Tel Mithryn Tower, and White Ridge Barrow.

If the madman dies before he finishes the conversation, this quest will not be added unless you read the note on his body.


  • The madman will not approach you if you have already collected all of the Black Books.
  • If the book you are sent to collect is the one in Tel Mithryn, you will not be able to access it until you've done a number of quests for Neloth, so this quest may remain open for a while.


  • Reading the madman's note can cause a glitched journal entry sending you to retrieve a book you have already found, for example to Tel Mithryn.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.0.4 of the Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.
    • PC Type SetStage DLC2WE06 200. This clears the quest and removes the entry.
  • After completing or leaving Filament and Filigree or The Sallow Regent you may hear a hissing sound. ?
    • Reentering the book should remove the sound
  • Even if you have collected all of the Black Books, this quest may activate, as the two main quest books are not properly excluded from the list.

Quest Stages[edit]

Black Book (DLC2WE06)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 1: Find the Black Book in <Alias=Dungeon>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 10, 20, 100, 200, 255.