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Race Altmer
Gender Male
Level 10 - 25
Class Conjurer
Rank Court Wizard
Services Spell Merchant
Ref ID 00019908
Base ID 0001338E
Not to be confused with Carecalmo.

"You idiot. Do you even know who I am? The most recognized scholar on the Dwemer in all of Tamriel, and you people keep bothering me! I... I'm sorry I... I got too excited."

Calcelmo is an Altmer Conjurer who can be found in Understone Keep where his nephew, Aicantar, helps him in the laboratory. He has a great interest in the Dwemer and is the author of many scholarly works about them.


Calcelmo owns the Dwemer Museum and has been excavating Nchuand-Zel. As a scholar of Dwemer history and culture, he has written several books about them, including Dwarves, v1, Dwarves, v2, and Dwarves, v3. He also is an expert on the Falmer, having deciphered most of their language.


Bring a Dwarven item to CalcelmoEdit

After the Dragonborn buys the first piece of the Dwarven armor set, or the first Dwarven weapon, including Dwarven Bolts and arrows, a courier shows up with a letter from Calcelmo, in which he asks for one to be brought to him. Finding, stealing, looting, or crafting an item that Calcelmo would normally be interested in does not trigger the courier.

When the item is taken to Calcelmo in Understone Keep, it can be sold to him through dialogue. Calcelmo may be persuaded to pay more. However, if the dialogue option, "Not good enough. I'll hold onto this. You'll need to find another one," is chosen, that particular deal will be cancelled and can never be re-initiated.

Bring an execution hood to CalcelmoEdit

During the Dark Brotherhood questline, the Dragonborn will be taken to the Abandoned Shack, where one of the prisoners in the shack may be killed. An execution hood can be taken from the corpse. If the hood is sold to a vendor then purchased back, the Dragonborn will receive a note from a courier saying that Calcelmo would like to buy the hood, similarly to a Dwarven weapon.

Delivery to CalcelmoEdit

When talking to Kerah, she will ask the Dragonborn to deliver a ring to Calcelmo. Afterwards, the ring may be bought from Calcelmo.

Hard AnswersEdit

In order to gain access to the Dwemer Museum, the Dragonborn must have Calcelmo's permission either through Speech, by having helped Calcelmo with a previous quest, or by pickpocketing the key from him. Alternately, the lock on the door can be picked.

Nimhe, the Poisoned OneEdit

Calcelmo will give the keys to both the museum and the dig site if the Dragonborn defeats Nimhe. Nimhe is a large frostbite spider that is inhibiting the progress of the excavation of Nchuand-Zel.

The Book of LoveEdit

The Dragonborn is sent to help Calcelmo confess his love for Faleen, the Housecarl in Understone Keep.

The Lost ExpeditionEdit

Calcelmo grants access to Nchuand-Zel after the Dragonborn kills Nimhe.




  • "What are you doing here? The excavation site is closed. I don't need any more workers or guards."
  • "I have things to study, what is it?"
  • "The artifacts I've discovered in Nchuand-Zel will make history one day."
  • "I used to travel so much before all this Forsworn nonsense. Such an inconvenience..."


  • He is voiced by George Coe, the same actor who voiced Tolfdir and Calixto Corrium.[1]
  • Calcemo's offering price of Dwarven items seems to be based on the base price of the item, which means it is better to sell non-enchanted items to him rather than enchanted ones.
  • The letter that Calcelmo sends to the player after buying Dwemer weapons or armor incorrectly states his name as "Calcemo," not "Calcelmo," as it should have been.


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

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  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
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  • When bringing a Dwarven item to Calcelmo, after he is asked for a better price, the conversation may be exited after a successful persuasion, therefore resetting the conversation, while still improving the Speech skill. This may be exploited for virtually unlimited level increases in Speech.
  •  PC   Calcelmo may sell his own ring when asked for what he has for sale.
  • If you buy an enchanted Drwarven item and destroy it to learn the enchantment, the small quest will be impossible to complete.



Start a Discussion Discussions about Calcelmo

  • Bring a dwarven item to Calcemo

    10 messages
    • The quest id should be WIAddItem07 but there seems to be only one stage to it, it might be better to see if you can us the console add whate...
    • You might also try selling an Execution Hood and buying it back. I got two Letters from Calcemo in my game.

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