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- Main article: Books (Skyrim)
- Can be bought from Urag gro-Shub in The Arcanaeum.
- Bards College, Solitude, on a bookshelf in the library.
- Blue Palace, Solitude, on a bookshelf in Jarl Elisif's room.
- Inside an end table in an unmarked cabin near north of Bonechill Passage.
- Bryling's House, Solitude, on a bookshelf on the middle floor.
- Farengar Secret-Fire's library in Dragonsreach.
- Fellstar Farm, in Ivarstead, on a shelf with three other books.
- Filnjar's House, in Shor's Stone, on the table next to the bed.
- A copy can be found on the table in the main hall of Heljarchen Hall, and a second can be found on a table next to a mannequin on the second floor.HF
- Honorhall Orphanage in Riften.
- House of Clan Battle-Born, Whiterun - eastern bedroom
- House Gray-Mane in Whiterun
- Lakeview Manor, in the Main Hall next to the upstairs mannequin or on the dining table.HF
- Moorside Inn, on a dresser in a bedroom to the right.
- Severio Pelagia's House, Whiterun, on a bookshelf in the side room.
- Ustengrav, to the right of the chest where the first mages are found.
- Vittoria Vici's House, in Solitude
- Windpeak Inn, in the room to the right of the bar
Late one night, a few seasons ago, a soldier was returning home after several bloody battles. He decided he would save some gold and decided to cross the pine forest on foot.
The first day of his journey was rather uneventful, the soldier stuck to the main path and kept a brisk pace. When it started getting dark he set up his bed roll, built a small fire, and cooked up some rabbit he had caught. "A fine day indeed", he thought to himself as he fell asleep.
Partway through the evening, the soldier was woken up by soft sobbing in the distance. He grabbed his sword, assuming it to be a bandit trick, but pretended to sleep so he could get the jump on them. After a few minutes, the sobbing started moving away from his camp until he could no longer hear it. For the rest of the night, he slept with one eye open.
Day two, the soldier awoken with what rotten sleep he could catch and started off through the forest at a quicker pace, intending to put distance between himself and what ever he had heard last night. As the day went on, it began to rain heavy, so the soldier built himself a shelter for the evening, so he could remain dry as he slept.
It took him a little longer to fall asleep with thoughts of the previous night in mind, but eventually slept.
This time he awoke to sobbing that sounded like it was right outside his shelter. The soldier grabbed his sword, and crawled out of the shelter. In front of the fire, he saw the back of a ghostly woman sobbing into her hands.
The soldier mustered his courage, and asked her what was wrong.
He began to slowly approach, but before he could reach her, she turned and screamed at him. The ghostly woman raised an axe and ran at the soldier, disappearing before she made contact. The soldier took off into the night with just his sword in his hand. He ran until the first light of dawn where he started down the road again, as fast as he could move.
The third day was bright and sunny, but the soldier, rattled and sleepless, didn't even notice. He moved as fast as he could, trying to get through the forest before night fall. As darkness began to fall, he saw a cabin just off the road and thought to himself it would be a good place to bunker down for the night. After arriving at the cabin, he spent some time blocking the doors and the windows, nothing would get in. Despite his preparations, he could not sleep. he sat in what use to be the cabins bed room, staring at the barricaded door, shaking. Eventually he could keep his eyes open no longer, and fell asleep.
This time he awoke to laughing on the other side of the barricaded door. It sounded like the woman before, but he refused to believe it was her. The soldier burst through the door to find the ghostly woman from the night before, staring at the ground, laughing hysterically, with axe in hand.
He began to recklessly attack the ghostly woman but he felt his strikes were less effective. He used a scroll of Fireball which drew a scream from her and she exploded, disappearing. The ordeal was over, the ghost was gone.
The soldier slept well that night, and the next day made excellent distance through the woods. As the sun began to set he came out the other side of the forest and looked back, remembering the days before.
As he turned and started walking away from the woods, he could swear he could hear the sobbing again.
- This seems to be the "sequel" to The Woodcutter's Wife.
- Unlike other books in Skyrim, there are no references to it in Skyrim's forests.
- The name may be a reference to the horror film of the same name.