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Urag gro-Shub
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LocationThe Arcanaeum
Gold500 (+1000 Master Trader)
SellsSee Standard Merchandise
BuysBooks, Spell Tomes
Other Information
Primary SkillsArchery, Sneak, Light Armor, Restoration
Class DetailsCombatScout
MoralityNo CrimeAggressionUnaggressive
Voice TypeMaleOrc
Faction(s)College of Winterhold (Wizard); CrimeFactionWinterhold; Urag gro-Shub Services

Urag gro-Shub

Urag gro-Shub is an Orc mage and the librarian of The Arcanaeum at the College of Winterhold. He is a Wizard of the College of Winterhold as well. He is a serious book collector and merchant, and supplies you with research materials concerning the Eye of Magnus during the quest Hitting the Books. Urag can make you Blood-Kin with the Orcs (After completing the Fetch me that Book! quest) if you have not already earned this through other means. After completing the quest Alduin's Bane, it is possible to sell the Elder Scroll to Urag for 2000 gold. This is the only way to remove the artifact from your inventory, without installing Dawnguard.

Urag carries an Orcish dagger. He wears adept robes of conjuration and a pair of boots. He knows the Destruction spell Frostbite and the Restoration spells Fast Healing and Lesser Ward.


  • 1 Related Quests
    • 1.1 Radiant Quests
  • 2 Standard Merchandise
  • 3 Dialogue
  • 4 Dialogue When Selling Urag the Elder Scroll
  • 5 Quest-Related Events
    • 5.1 Hitting The Books
    • 5.2 Discerning the Transmundane/Elder Knowledge/Scroll ScoutingDG
    • 5.3 ProphetDG
    • 5.4 Fetch Me That Book!
    • 5.5 Forgotten Vale Books QuestDG
    • 5.6 Shalidor's Insights
  • 6 Conversations
  • 7 Lecture
  • 8 Notes
  • 9 Bugs

Related Quests[edit]

  • Discerning the Transmundane: Uncover the secrets of the mysterious Dwemer lockbox.
  • Elder Knowledge: Recover an Elder Scroll to learn an Ancient Secret.
  • Hitting the Books: Find the books needed to identify the artifact found in Saarthal.
  • Prophet (Dawnguard)DG: Find and rescue a Moth Priest from the vampires.
  • Prophet (Vampire)DG: The time of prophecy has arrived! Locate a Moth Priest for the vampires.
  • Scroll ScoutingDG: Obtain information on the Dragon Elder Scroll.

Radiant Quests[edit]

  • Fetch me that Book!: Fetch a book for Urag gro-Shub.
  • Forgotten Vale Books QuestDG: Bring the Ancient Falmer Tome to Urag gro-Shub.
  • Shalidor's Insights: Discover the writings of Shalidor and benefit from his wisdom.

Standard Merchandise[edit]

This is the merchandise found in Urag's merchant chest. The items are only available if purchased from the merchant; they cannot be pickpocketed or stolen. They are restocked every two days.

10Standard Books from List 0
5Standard Books from List 1
3Standard Books from List 2
1Standard Books from List 3
1Standard Books from List 4


Urag may greet you by saying:

"I don't care if you wrote it yourself -- if you want a book from here, you go through me."
"The Arcanaeum is always accepting new volumes. I'll take what I can get."
"You are now in the Arcanaeum, of which I am in charge. It might as well be my own little plane of Oblivion. Disrupt my Arcanaeum, and I will have you torn apart by angry Atronachs. Now, do you require assistance?"
"I don't want to see you treating any of these books poorly. Are we clear?"
"Hundreds of years have gone into assembling this collection. It's going to stay pristine, understand?"
"You need a book, you talk to me. Otherwise you're going to find yourself in a lot of pain."

When you become Arch-Mage, he might also greet you with one of the following lines:

"Greetings, Arch-Mage."
"May I help you, Arch-Mage?"
"I'm not one for commendations, but I might've lost everything that matters. So... thanks."
"Arch-Mage or not, my rules about books still stand."
"All this knowledge might have been lost, were it not for you."

Speaking to him:

What have you got for sale?
"Assorted books, scrolls... I'm sure you'll find something useful." or "I have a few things that weren't worth adding to the collection. You may look through them." or "Please make sure your hands are clean before touching anything, all right?"
You take your work very seriously.
"Of course I do. If I didn't, most of the books would've been burned to ashes or dissolved to nothing before the Third Era. Mages need to be reminded to be careful around research materials."
This is quite an impressive library.
"A mage is only as good as what he knows. I try and make sure as much knowledge is available as possible. We've been keeping this collection since the Second Era. Books have come and gone during that time, but it's mostly intact."

If you are expelled before Savos Aren dies, he will only greet you by saying:

"I'm sorry, but you've been suspended from the College. I can't be seen talking to you right now."

If you are expelled after Savos Aren dies, Urag will only greet you by saying:

"You've been suspended from the College for what you did. You'd better talk to Tolfdir to get it sorted out."

Dialogue When Selling Urag the Elder Scroll[edit]

After completing the quest Alduin's Bane, you can ask him if he would be interested in the Elder Scroll you have. If you do ask him this, Urag will be slightly angry and will say:

Would you be interested in an Elder Scroll?
"Very funny. Did Enthir put you up to this?"
I am serious. It's yours if you want it.
"You... Really? An Elder Scroll?"
Okay, if you don't want it, I'll find someone who does.
"Wait. Are you... Are you serious? You have an Elder Scroll? You?"

Either way, he will be awed and continue with:

"I would be honored. Beyond honored to have such a thing here at the College. This opens up entire new realms of research for us. Oh, if only Septimus were here to see this! Thank you. Please, take this. It can't quite compare to an Elder Scroll, but still. You will be remembered for generations for this."

Urag will then give you 2,000 gold in exchange for the Elder Scroll.

If you have sold the dragon Elder Scroll to Urag but need it for Scroll Scouting, you can return to Urag and request to repurchase it. Urag is not surprised your desire to repossess it:

I want to buy back the Elder Scroll I sold you.
"Finally came to your senses, eh? Realized what you gave up? Can't say I'm surprised."
Just tell me how much it will cost.
"Tell you what, I'll sell it back to you for 4,000 coins."

If you leave without buying and come back he will say:

"Back, huh? Well, price is still 4,000 coins."

You will then have 4 potential options:

Make it 3,000 and you have a deal. (Persuade)
"All right, I suppose I could do that. Here you are." or "No, sorry. It's 4,000 coins or no deal."
Fine, here you are. (4000 gold)
"Been a pleasure doing business with you."
Forget it, I'll come back.
"Hey, if you don't like it, you could always shop for your Elder Scrolls elsewhere."
I'm the Arch-Mage. It's 2,000 coins.
"Oh, very well. I don't know how you expect me to keep this place in order when I can't make a profit."

Quest-Related Events[edit]

Hitting The Books[edit]

During this quest, You can tell him you need to learn about what you found in Saarthal:

I need to learn about something we found in Saarthal.
"I know what you want. Word travels fast around here. Discovered some big mystery, huh? Well you don't even need to ask. No, I don't have anything for you. Not anymore, anyway."
You don't have anything that can help?
"I said not anymore. Orthorn stole a number of books when he ran off to Fellgow Keep to join those Summoners. Some kind of peace offering. I think one of those volumes may have had some relevant information. If you want them, you'll have to talk to Orthorn."
Doesn't anyone care that Orthorn stole things from the College?
"Not enough to bother with it. Arch-Mage Aren's approach to these things is to just let them sort themselves out. Although now it looks like you'll be doing the sorting. Good luck with that."
Who is Orthorn?
"He was an Apprentice here at the College. Not very skilled, but got involved with a group of mages who took a liking to him. When they left, he took off after them. Stole supplies and books from the College, I suppose as a way to ingratiate himself."
Why are these mages at Fellglow Keep?
"Let's just call it a difference of opinion with the College. They were interested in research that goes outside the bounds of what the College allows, so they were... persuaded to leave."

Upon returning, you can tell Urag you have found the books that went missing:

Here are the books that went missing.
"Well, well. And you seem to be in one piece! Thank you. I'll look these over, and inform Mirabelle if I find anything relevant. Night of Tears, eh? I remember this one. Well, isn't that interesting. Did you read it yourself? If I recall it correctly, that has some interesting implications. You should mention that to Tolfdir. And... here. I suppose you've earned these."

Discerning the Transmundane/Elder Knowledge/Scroll ScoutingDG[edit]

He offers exactly the same dialogue during the part he plays all these quests.

I'm looking for an Elder Scroll.
"And what do you plan to do with it? Do you even know what you're asking about, or are you just someone's errand boy/girl?"
Tell me more about the Elder Scrolls.
"I knew it. Everyone comes in here, expecting my help, but they don't even have the proper questions. An Elder Scroll is an instrument of immense knowledge and power. To read an Elder Scroll, a person most have the most rigorously trained mind, or else risk madness. Even so, the Divines usually take the reader's sight as a price."
Of course I do. Do you have one here?
"You think that even if I did have one here, I would let you see it? It would be kept under the highest security. The greatest thief in the world wouldn't be able to lay a finger on it."

If you previously asked him to tell you more on the Elder Scrolls, you will then have three dialogue options with him:

A price for what?
"The simplest way to put it is "knowledge," but there's nothing simple about an Elder Scroll. It's a reflection of all possible futures and all possible pasts. Each reader sees different reflections through different lenses, and may come away with a very different reading. But at the same time, all of it is true. Even the falsehoods. Especially the falsehoods."
Who wrote the Elder Scrolls?
"It would take a month to explain to you how that very question doesn't even make sense. The Scrolls exist here, with us, but also beyond and beneath. Before and after. They are bits of Divine made substance so we could know them. Sorry. Talking about the scrolls, you usually end up in irritating and vague metaphors like that. Some people who study them devoutly go mad."
All right. So do you have one that I could use?
"Ha! You think that even if I did have one here, I would let you see it? It would be kept under the highest security. The greatest thief in the world wouldn't be able to lay a finger on it."

If you choose the last option, he will continue as if you asked if he has an Elder Scroll here. You will be given three more dialogue options:

What about the Dragonborn?
"What about... wait. Are you? Were you the one the Greybeards were calling?"
Do you at least have any information on them?
"Of course."
I need to find one and was told you could help
"I don't know who told you that, but I'll do what I can. What we do have here are plenty of books."

Any three of these dialogue options will lead to him saying:

"I'll bring you everything we have on them, but it's not much. So don't get your hopes up. It's mostly lies, leavened with rumor and conjecture."

Urag will then leave his spot behind the counter and gets two rare books for you, Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls and Effects of the Elder Scrolls. The first book is written by Septimus Signus and starts the concurrent quest Discerning the Transmundane when opened. As he returns to the counter, Urag will again advise you to keep his books intact, saying:

"Here you go. Try not to spill anything on them."

After reading the Ruminations book:

The "Ruminations" book is incomprehensible.
"Aye, that's the work of Septimus Signus. He's the world's master of the nature of Elder Scrolls, but... well. He's been gone for a long while. Too long."
Where did he go?
"Somewhere up north, in the ice fields. Said he found some old Dwemer artifact, but... well, that was years ago. Haven't heard from him since."
He's dead?
"Oh no. I hope not. But even I haven't seen him in years, and we were close. Became obsessed with the Dwemer. Took off north saying he had found some old artifact. Haven't seen him since. Somewhere in the ice fields, if you want to try and find him."


You can see him regarding this Moth Priest during this quest. Upon telling him you need to find a Moth Priest, he will be surprised and say:

I need to find a Moth Priest.
"A Moth Priest? What in Oblivion do you need a Moth Priest for?"
My business is my own. Just tell me what I need to know.
"Fine, fine. No need to get your breeches in a twist. The obvious answer is to go to the Imperial City. The Moth Priests make their home in the White Gold Tower. Sometimes they go out looking for Elder Scrolls. Lucky for you, there's a Moth Priest in Skyrim right now, doing just that. He stopped in to do some research in the library, then left for Dragon Bridge. If you hurry, you might catch him there."

Fetch Me That Book![edit]

Upon joining the College of Winterhold, ask if there is any College business you can assist with:

  • "If you're feeling adventurous, I'm always looking for someone to procure valuable books from some more... dangerous locations."
  • "There are more books to be recovered and secured here in the Arcanaeum."
  • "There are more books to be recovered and secured in the Arcanaeum."

If you then tell him you're ready for some adventure, he may reply by saying:

  • "Well all right. Here, I scribbled down the last place I'd heard about. Check it out, and be careful."
  • "All right. I wrote down the last place I'd heard about. Don't get killed."

If you tell him you're not into anything dangerous, he may reply with one of the following lines:

  • "Ah. Some other time, perhaps?"
  • "Some other time, then."

Upon returning, you can tell him you have found the book he was looking for, and he will reply saying: "Looks like you're still in one piece. And more importantly, so is the book. Thank you."

Forgotten Vale Books QuestDG[edit]

Upon finding an ancient Falmer tome, you can see Urag about it and ask him if he has an interest in them:

Any interest in ancient falmer tomes?
"Well, well. I haven't seen one of these beauties in a long time. A rare find in the original falmer language. You're damn right I'm interested. Question is, are you selling?"
Depends how much you're paying.
"Well, considering no one else in Skyrim would buy something they couldn't possibly read, I'd say you don't have much of a choice. Tell you what, you bring me books like this, and I'll pay a thousand gold each. I'll even throw in a translated edition I have for free. Interested?"
Deal. (Give book)
"Here you go."
Let me think about it.
"Suit yourself. I'm not going anywhere."

This will get you a translated copy of the tome and 1000 gold. If you find another falmer tome after this, you can tell Urag and he will say:

I have another ancient falmer tome.
"My offer is still a thousand. Did you want to sell?"
Deal. (Give book)
"Here you go."
I'm going to hold onto it.
"If you're holding out for more gold, it's never going to happen."

Shalidor's Insights[edit]

Upon joining the College of Winterhold, If you ask him if there are any special books he is looking for:

Are there any special books you're looking for?
"As a matter of fact, there are. Have you ever heard of Shalidor? Immensely powerful mage, back in the First Era. Had an understanding of magic few have ever matched. He holed himself up in Labyrinthian, and devoted all of his time to research and study. Wrote more than you would imagine possible. Since then, his writings have been scattered all over Skyrim, but are little use to anyone who can't translate them. I'm one of the few who can. I've heard whispers of more of his work having turned up. If you can track it down, it may prove useful to all of us."

Upon returning with Shalidor's writings:

Here's the book you were looking for.
"Looks like you're still in one piece. And more importantly, so is the book. Thank you."

If you have done the quest before:

I've found more of Shalidor's work.
"Excellent! I'll start translating it. Shouldn't take me more than a day or two."

If you immediately ask him if he has made any progress translating Shalidor's work, he will be mildly annoyed:

Have you made any progress translating Shalidor's work?
"I only just got my hands on it. I can only work so quickly."

Asking him at least three hours later will have him reply:

"It's coming along slowly. I expect there will be some results soon."

After a full day, he will finally have the results, telling you:

"We were able to figure out the last text you brought in. I thought the least I could do is pass the knowledge along."

He rewards you with three copies of "Shalidor's Insights" scrolls from a random school.

This quest is repeatable. If repeated, he will retain the same dialogue but when briefing you with the task, he will only say: "I'm always trying to find more of Shalidor's writings. I've heard whispers of more of his work having turned up. If you can track it down, it may prove useful to all of us."


Urag: "Can I help you with anything, Nirya?"
Nirya: "I was wondering. Has Faralda been in recently? Borrowed any books that you can recall?"
Urag: "Nirya..."
Nirya: "Did she, perhaps, mention any dangerous research she might be working on? Anything that could get her in trouble?"
Urag: "I'm here to help you with books, Nirya. That's all."
Nirya: "Ah, yes. Of course. No, I don't need anything."
Urag: "You've been spending a fair bit of time with Sergius lately, I see."
Nirya: "What? Why, the audacity! How dare you imply such a thing!"
Urag: "Calm down! Why are you over-reacting? I was going to ask if the two of you are collaborating on research!"
Nirya: "Oh! Well... I... I'm sorry. Yes, we have been working on something together."
Urag: "This is why I avoid being social."
Urag: "Keeping busy, Sergius?"
Sergius: "As always. The Nords don't ever stop wanting things enchanted."
Urag: "At least it's more money for the College."
Sergius: "Perhaps, but it just means more work for me."
Urag: "Was there something specific you needed?"
Colette: "I'm positive whatever I require will be revealed to me on its own, in due time."
Urag: "So, you don't need anything then."
Colette: "Oh, my dear Urag. You're trying so hard to help. I do hope you're not disappointed."
Urag: ""Disappointed" is not the word I would choose, Colette. Excuse me."
Colette: "Ah, my dearest Urag! How are you today, my green-skinned friend?"
Urag: "Did you need something, Colette?"
Colette: "I only wish to escape the constant glaring of my "colleagues" and discover an opportunity for repose. Your Arcanaeum is so lovely and quiet..."
Urag: "I... see."
Colette: "Don't fret, my fanged acquaintance. I shan't trouble you a bit."
Urag: "Are you looking for any specific volumes, Drevis?"
Drevis: "Hmm? Oh, no. No, not really. I... Actually, I've forgotten what I was looking for."
Urag: "Ah. Well, then. Let me know if you need anything."
Drevis: "What's that? Oh yes, yes. Thank you, I will."


Urag gro-Shub delivers a lecture on Shalidor in the Hall of the Elements:

"As many know, there is an ongoing effort to research the work of the Archmagus Shalidor. He is most remembered for his great maze of Labyrinthian, said to hold "Glamoril", or the secret of life. While stories have persisted since the First Era, none have ever confirmed the existence of this "Glamoril" or its purpose or function. The College has developed some theories, however. We know that Shalidor had an understanding of magic that surpassed almost any of either his age or ours. The few works of his that have been recovered suggest that he had an understanding of magic and the world that few have ever achieved. What is interesting is that it appears he was also incredibly prolific, writing on a diverse array of subjects. An array so great, in fact, that it remains a source of curiosity. What, then, of this Glamoril? It means "secret of life" in elvish. Could this be an explanation for Shalidor's works? Is it possible that it somehow contributed to his work? Perhaps allowed him to life multiple lifetimes in a short span of time? Increased his intelligence and knowledge in ways unfathomable to us? We may never know for certain. The College is always searching for more of Shalidor's writings in an attempt to understand both our knowledge of the man, and of magic in general."


  • Despite threatening you with Atronachs, Urag cannot actually summon any, as he does not know any summoning spells.
  • Urag gro-Shub also appears in the Clockwork City card set from the story expansion Return to Clockwork City for Legends as the card Arcanaeum Librarian.


  • Urag gro-Shub has no scrolls in his vendor inventory despite clearly stating he sells them when asked about it.
    • The Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch, version 4.2.4, fixes this bug.
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