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"You seek meaning, shelter in knowledge; you will not find it."
―Augur of Dunlain[src]

Augur of Dunlain is a divination artifact in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, found within The Midden Dark level of The Midden at the College of Winterhold.


The man who would become the Augur of Dunlain was once a gifted student of the college. Though he was undoubtedly brilliant, he was over-zealous in his pursuit of his discipline of magic. Through unknown means, his soul became fused with the energies around the college, resulting in his current state. Since then, the Augur has been known for its wisdom, but the people of the College do not like to talk about it. The only one willing to discuss it is Tolfdir.[1]


Good IntentionsEdit

The Dragonborn confides in the device, at the request of Quaranir, to receive aid with locating the Staff of Magnus.

Restoration Ritual SpellEdit

Becoming a Master of Restoration brings the Dragonborn to the Augur once more, at the suggestion of Colette Marence. Seeking approval from the Augur, the Dragonborn removes all equipment and is required to survive against several ghosts that wield Destruction magic.


  • Augurs were priests and diviners, mainly in Rome and Etruria, who were tasked with interpreting signs and omens. These groups of Augurs were tasked with discerning the will of the gods, which they did by studying multiple aspects of the flight of birds. They were consulted for a wide variety of tasks, ranging from decisions about religion, commerce and war to questions like where to build new cities.
  • The Augur of Dunlain's dialogue cannot be skipped, the only other instances when this happens is with some Daedric Princes.
  • It is possible that the Augur of Dunlain is from Dunlain Falls.
  • When asking Toldfir about the Augur of Dunlain, he will respond by saying, "I suppose he's still down in the midden." However, Augur had actually allowed his over-zealous pursuit of magic to eventually kill him. Fading bloodstains on the walls, scattered bones and his spirit within a small room indicates that the midden may have been his private laboratory before his death within it.



  1. Dialogue with Tolfdir

Start a Discussion Discussions about Augur of Dunlain

  • Did the Midden help the College Survive the Great Collapse?

    6 messages
    •  I awlays like the idea someone did it in an attempt to destroy the collage, but how could Augar become powerfull enough to destroy most of ...
    • I've always thought the Great collapse was result of the Red mountain eruption, and the intense magicka surrounded the college acted as protectant.
  • Augur of Dunlain: Seeing Beyond the Fabric of Space

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    • When you first meet the Augur in the Midden during the College questline, he states that you "are being guided. Pushed..."  Most would say t...
    • I see what you are saying. Personally I would think that it applies not only to the in-game forces like the quest givers, imminent fates, and ...

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