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The Bards College, located in Solitude, with Masser in the backdrop.

"I'm a bard by trade. Perhaps you've heard of me."
For other uses, see Bards College.

The Bards College is a joinable faction that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Located in Solitude, the guild consists of bards, poets, and public speakers. Joining the college requires completing a quest for the guild's headmaster, Viarmo


The Bards College was first formed during the Second Era as part of the Guilds Act.[1][2] It is also very briefly mentioned during the events of the Planemeld. [3]


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Viarmo, headmaster of the Bards College, holding a torch

Upon entering the Bards College, admission can be requested from Viarmo. He will ask the Dragonborn to go to Dead Men's Respite to retrieve the missing verses from a poem about King Olaf One-Eye, called King Olaf's Verse. However, some of the verses are missing, so the Dragonborn and Viarmo will have to make up their own lines for the poem, so that it can be read to Solitude's Jarl. The Dragonborn must then attend the burning of Olaf's effigy, and speak to Viarmo to join the Bards College.


After becoming a member of the guild, items can be freely used or taken from the college. Interestingly, the College contains no loot of immense value, but does contain many, many books. Book collectors and lore-enthusiasts may value this. The teachers at the College will see the Dragonborn as an 'adventuring type' and ask them to search for misplaced items and artifacts. Once these items are found, the teachers will provide the player with one skill up to each type of skill.

Faculty quest rewardsEdit



Other bardsEdit


  • Only Viarmo is labeled as essential.
  • Despite joining the college and becoming a full-fledged bard by completing all the available quests, there is still no way as of yet to play any instrument in-game.



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