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Ancient Falmer Tomes
Location Forgotten Vale
Reward Translated copies of tomes and 1,000 gold for each
Type Miscellaneous quest
Ancient Falmer Tomes is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


The Unknown Books are four ancient tomes written in the Falmer Language that date back to the late Merethic Era.

The books are scattered throughout the Forgotten Vale and can be sold to Urag gro-Shub at the College of Winterhold. For each Unknown Book, he will award 1000 GoldIcon and a translated version of that book.


Unknown Book, Vol. IEdit

From the Wayshrine of Learning, go straight, along the river past the arch seen and between the two broken pillars afterwards. Directly after going through the two pillars, a very tall pillar is visible behind some rocks. Next to this tall pillar there should be a chest, a skeleton, and Unknown Book, Vol. I next to the tallest pillar.

Unknown Book, Vol. IIEdit

Use the Paragon Platform to reach the Forgotten Vale Overlook. Once there, turn right and follow the river down past two broken pillars until multiple broken pillars are seen on the right-hand side behind the tree there are some weapons, a skeleton, a chest and Unknown Book, Vol. II.

Alternatively, reach the balcony of the Inner Sanctum and, using Become Ethereal, jump off the balcony onto the Forgotten Vale Overlook.

Unknown Book, Vol. IIIEdit

Use a Wayshrine to reach the Wayshrine of Resolution and head northwest to cross the bridge. Traverse through the ravine using the Falmer walkways. The book is in the southern most tent near the waterfall. If the book is still not found, go to the entrance of the Glacial Crevice and turn around to face north. Take the ramp up, follow the path and take the Falmer-made bridge on the left to get to the tent. Unknown Book, Vol. III should be sitting on the table.

Unknown Book, Vol. IVEdit

After traversing through the Glacial Crevice, you will reach a small outdoor Falmer village. The book is located on a table in the top Falmer's hut near the end village, right before the long tunnel. The hut has a large mammoth skull adorning the entrance.



This section contains bugs related to Ancient Falmer Tomes. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • The objective "Bring Ancient Falmer Tome to Urag-gro Shub" may stack in the journal. It can be fixed and removed with console command: SetStage DLC1VQFVBooks 200
  • Some books can disappear — they won't be found in the Forgotten Vale in their respective places.
  • There is a slight chance that the book might remain in your inventory, even after giving it to Urag-gro Shub.
  •  PC   There is a chance that when bringing all the books together, Urag-gro Shub will only pay 1000GoldIcon for all 4 books rather than for each.

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