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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.
  • During "The Book of Love," Dinya Balu describes Calcelmo as "wise, acid, and reclusive."
  • Calcelmo says that he has "spent two human lifetimes" researching the Dwemer.
  • In addition to selling general mage goods (robes, soul gems, spell tomes, etc.), Calcelmo also sells Dwarves, v1, v2, and v3, as he is the author of these books.


This section contains bugs related to Calcelmo. 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.
  • 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 Dwarven item and destroy it to learn the enchantment, the small quest will be impossible to complete.
  • Sometimes after you bring the Dwarven item to him, the dialog option only shows "Actually, I'm not sure I have it anymore." instead of "Sure. Take a look." even though the item is still in your inventory. Dropping the item and pick it up back will fix this.



Start a Discussion Discussions about Calcelmo

  • TES voice actor died :(

    12 messages
    • Ifnsman wrote:From what we hear in the gameplay demonstration of Fallout 4 at E3 2015, that would be the last time George Coe has voiced ...
    • I really enjoyed all the characters who were voiced by him. He did an excellent job voice-acting them. Such a shame. May he rest in peace... :(
  • Bring a dwarven item to calcelmo

    3 messages
    • This has happened to me on many occasions. I think the prerequisite is to simply sell any Dwarven weapon or armor piece to any merchant. T...
    • I think the only trigger is you buying a Dwarven item, if you sell or loose the item any identical item is meant to work for the quest but i...

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