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Main article: Books (Skyrim)

Known locationsEdit

  • Upon completion of "Dragon Rising," a courier can randomly appear and deliver the letter to the Dragonborn after using a Dragon Shout in any named area. It will point to the location of a Word Wall, which is determined by when and where the Dragonborn receives the letter.


[Player character's name],

You caused a bit of stir in [Location] when you demonstrated the power of your Thu'um. Not everyone is anxious for the return of the Dragonborn.

I for one desire to see you grow and develop your talents. Skyrim needs a true hero these days.

You should turn your attention to [Location]. I understand it holds a mysterious source of power that can only be unlocked by the Dragonborn.


A Friend


  • A Letter from a Friend may be received before or after collecting 7 of the Dragon Priest masks stating that a stir had been created in Labyrinthian, even if no shout had been used.
  • Locations mentioned where a Shout was used may also be indoor locations, such as the player character's house, stores, etc.


This section contains bugs related to Letter from a Friend. 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.
  • Both locations in the letter can match one another even if the Word Wall there has already been acquired.
  • The location where one is said to have "demonstrated [their] Thu'um" will sometimes be a place where no one could have witnessed it, let alone have been "stirred" (ex., during The Throat of the World or in Apocrypha).
  • In some cases, the text may disappear, rendering the letter useless.
  • Sometimes, the letter will start by saying, "You caused a bit of stir in when you demonstrated the power of your Thu'um," leaving out the location where it occurred.
  • The shout may be inaccessible. It is possible that the word is learned already or that the game has bugged out.


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