"Hello there, fellow traveler. One itinerant minstrel and wandering wastrel, at your service."
―Talsgar the Wanderer[src]

Talsgar the Wanderer is a Nord bard who can be found wandering the roads all over Skyrim.


Talsgar appears as a random encounter at spawn points. Sometimes he will simply be standing still on the side of the road, while other times he will be actively traveling on the many roads of Skyrim. Occasionally, he can be found temporarily performing at various inns and taverns around Skyrim.

Example areas where he can be found include:


Talsgar will perform one of the following songs for 25 GoldIcon:

Upon completion of the main quest, a third song becomes available called "Tale of the Tongues," which tells of the story of the Dragonborn and the demise of Alduin.


Talsgar the Wanderer's Stats
Level 20
Health 249
Magicka 132
Stamina 104

Talsgar is a competent fighter and typically fights with Destruction or Restoration magic and a leveled sword, and can defend himself reasonably-well against most common roadside threats, such as wolves and low-to-mid level bandits.

He appears to be coded similar to a follower, as he will always go into 'last stand' when critically injured by an enemy NPC, even if hit by a fatal attack, at which point enemies will ignore him until he recovers his health. Like a follower, he normally can only be killed if hit by the Dragonborn, or taking a powerful splash damage attack while in 'last stand.' If attacked, he will flee and may use an invisibility potion. If killed, he will respawn.


Typically carries random selection of books, potions and ingredients. His loot will reset periodically, even if he has been cleaned out previously.


  • "Ah, smell that fresh air? Truly, this is a good place to play a song."
  • "The life of adventure and song is the life for us, eh friend?"
  • "Hello there, friend. How lucky for you to chance upon a bard on the road."

When asked what he is doing out here:

  • "Why to perform for my common man, of course! Why should only the courts and inns of wealthy towns be given the gift of music."
  • "Some may find their inspiration tucked away in tomes, or by carousing in the cities, but I find it here in the vast expanses of Skyrim."
  • "Observing and capturing the epic struggle for Skyrim! When brothers clash with bitter blades, surely there is a song to be found."
  • "The best tales are those of adventure. Who could truly write such a tale without first experiencing such?"
  • "I'm looking for a place called Bard's Leap. They say the echo of a song sung from there can be heard all the way in Solitude."


  • If stolen from, he will send Hired Thugs after the Dragonborn.
  • If he passes any ore veins along his travels, he will occasionally stop to mine them.


This section contains bugs related to Talsgar the Wanderer. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   He may become hostile towards the Dragonborn if a healing spell or calm spell is used on him.
  •  PC   360   PS3   There may be multiple other triggers that cause Talsgar to become hostile. Either way, killing him will not earn a bounty.
  •  360   PS3   He may not actually play a song once the Dragonborn makes a request; he simply takes the money and walks away.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Talsgar the Wanderer

  • Talsgar visited me!

    2 messages
    • I'd seen him on the road (I forget where, I was wandering) a few days ago, then today, I sold off some stuff in Riften, became leader of ...
    • It's apparently a common issue that NPCs will use Honeyside to enter and exit the city. Talsgar must have been on his way to the Bee and Barb.
  • Does Talsgar respawn?

    4 messages
    • He's died by accident a few times in my game, and yet, I've found him alive. I'm pretty sure he respawns.
    • I sincerely doubt that named NPCs respawn. Usually the only ones that respawn are the randomly generated NPCs i.e Hold Guards, Bandits etc.