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The Barbarian and the Book is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal. The Nerevarine comes across a Nord named Thrud wandering around Godsreach, and aids them in their search for their friend, Dilborn.


  • Speak with Thrud.
  • Enter the Residential Sewers with Thrud.
  • Speak with Drathas Nerus.
    • (Either) Negotiate Dilborn's debt down to 1,000 GoldIcon and pay it off.
    • (Or) Attack Nerus and the bandits.
  • Speak with Thrud once again.


While exploring Morrowind's capital city of Mournhold, the Nerevarine may come across a Nord named Thrud. Thrud, a barbarian by birth, is searching for his friend, and teacher, Dilborn, whom disappeared three days previously and has not been seen since. Thrud, in his simple broken sentences, asks that the Nerevarine help find his friend.

Sewer SocialsEdit

Thrud states that Dilborn frequently entered the Residential Sewers to speak to friends, although Thrud is unsure who they are. With Thrud in tow, the Nerevarine must enter the Sewers, heading to a deadend in the eastern part of the main area in order to find Dilborn. Surronded by several bandits, Dilborn is being held captive by a Dunmer named Drathas Nerus, to whom Dilborn owes a large sum of money. The Nerevarine is now faced with a choice.

Reduced RansomEdit

The Nerevarine may attempt to negotiate with Nerus, who states that Dilborn holds a 3,000 GoldIcon debt. This figure can either be paid, or reduced through raising Nerus' disposition, although Nerus will only go as low as 1,000 GoldIcon. Once the debt has been paid, the Nerevarine may speak to Thrud, whom will reward them with a book, Trap.

Cutting the CaptorsEdit

Alternatively, the Nerevarine may choose to simply attack Nerus, although his two associates will immediately pounce upon the defenceless Dilborn. They will also attack Dilborn if the Nerevarine attempts to Intimidate Nerus into letting him go, with the Nerevarine needing to kill all three before Dilborn and Thrud can be reunited. Thrud will assist in the fight, and will again reward the Nerevarine with a copy of Trap.

Once the Nerevarine has spoken to Thrud, the quest is completed.


The Barbarian and the Book (MS_BarbarianBook)
Today I met a distraught barbarian by the name of Thrud, frantically looking for his missing friend, Dilborn.
  • Quest accepted
I have agreed to help Thrud find his lost friend, Dilborn. Thrud says he has seen Dilborn go down in the sewers in Godsreach to meet friends.
We located Dilborn in the sewers, held captive by a group of bandits led by Drathas Nerus.
Drathas has agreed to cut the ransom down to 1,000 gold.
Thrud tried to get my help in finding his friend Dilborn, but I just don't have the time.
  • Quest complete
I paid off Dilborn's ransom and Drathas set him free.
I killed Dilborn's captors, but unfortunately, Thrud died during the battle. Dilborn was happy to be free, but very sad to see Thrud killed. It is a pity it had to come to this.
  • Quest complete
I killed Dilborn's captors, but unfortunately, Dilborn died during the battle. Thrud was inconsolable. It's a pity it had to come to this.
  • Quest complete
I have killed Dilborn's captors, and Thrud and Dilborn are happily reunited.
Thrud provided me with a copy of his favorite book as my reward for rescuing Dilborn.
  • Quest complete
The Barbarian and the Book (MS_BarbarianBook_B)
I found a fellow named Dilborn being held captive, and I killed his captors.
Dilborn thanked me for my rescue, but he said he was 'financially embarrassed, and had no reward for me.
The Barbarian and the Book (MS_BarbarianBookC)
I killed Dilborn's captors, but unfortunately, Dilborn and Trhud [sic] [Do not change this to Thrud. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] died during the battle. It's a pity it had to come to this.


  • Both Thrud and Dilborn may die during the quest.
  • Thrud may not be spoken to at all during the quest, as the Nerevarine may rescue Dilborn before the quest begins.
    • In this case, Trap will not be rewarded, nor will anything else.
  • Thrud owns an Ebony War Axe, which may be taken if he dies.

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