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Tolfdir 01
Race Elder / Nord
Gender Male
Level PCx1 (10-50)
Class Spell Vendor
Faction College of Winterhold
Rank Master Alterer
Master Wizard
Services Alteration training
Spell Merchant
Ref ID 0001C1A1
Base ID 0001C19E

Tolfdir is an elderly Nord mage at the College of Winterhold, where he teaches. An old, wise, and friendly mage, Tolfdir is adept in defensive magic, plus a master of and trainer for Alteration. Some spells he sells include Greater Ward and Ebonyflesh. He serves as the Dragonborn's teacher and guide at the college.

Wares and routineEdit

As well as offering Master-level training in Alteration, Tolfdir sells Alteration-based items such as jewelry, staves, spell tomes, and mage robes. When not teaching in the Hall of the Elements, Tolfdir may be found sleeping or eating on the lower level of the Hall of Attainment

After completing Under Saarthal, Tolfdir may remain at the Eye of Magnus in Saarthal, until the next quest in the main quest line, Hitting the Books, is completed. 


Despite his age, and apparently absent-minded nature, Tolfdir is a very powerful mage; however, he is never boastful, nor does he abuse his influence at the college.



Tolfdir specializes in Alteration

During the Dragonborn's first lessons at the College, Tolfdir instructs the apprentices about the proper use of wards. He also provides a lesser ward spell, free of charge, if it isn't already known. Thereafter, he serves as a master-level trainer for Alteration, staying in the Hall of the Elements studying the Eye of Magnus while it is there.

Tolfdir's second lesson takes the apprentices to Saarthal, where the Dragonborn stumbles upon a secret passageway while collecting magical artifacts. Tolfdir accompanies the Dragonborn as a companion from this stage until the Eye of Magnus is discovered at the end of the crypt.

After recovering the Staff of Magnus from Labyrinthian, Toldfir gets paralyzed when he tries to assist with defeating Ancano. Afterwards, he replaces Mirabelle Ervine as Master Wizard, due to her death in the skirmish that followed Ancano's seizing of The Eye.

At regular intervals, Tolfdir misplaces his alembic, which can be located in one of three places in the Hall of Countenance.



  • Tolfdir has heterochromia iridum. His right eye is hazel and his left eye is green.
  • During the quest The Staff of Magnus, Tolfdir is made Master Wizard, replacing the late Mirabelle Ervine.
  • Despite the Dragonborn being named Arch-Mage of the college after completing The Eye of Magnus quest, Tolfdir is effectively in charge of the college after that point. There are no more main duties or quests with other NPCs of the college than before. Tolfdir is also the one to answer to if the Dragonborn steals, assaults someone, or otherwise breaks the college's rules and ends up being forced to complete the quest Rejoining the College.
  • He recognizes Talos as a Divine. In the quest The Eye of Magnus, he exclaims "By the Nine...."


This section contains bugs related to Tolfdir. 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  .
  3. If a fix to the bug is known, please provide it, but avoid use of first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board and not the article.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Tolfdir may travel to Whiterun Stables during Under Saarthal. From there, he moves near Mount Anthor, finally proceeding to Saarthal.
  •  PC   360   PS3  When teaching the Lesser Ward spell, Tolfdir will not shoot fire at the Dragonborn.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Tolfdir

  • First lessons

    5 messages
    • And if you only have 100 magicka at the time, I'd recommend eating a bowl of Elsweyr Fondue to significantly boost your magicka. To get ...
    • You'll have to maintain the ward for a second, he doesn't instantly cast the spell. You'll also have to be facing him.
  • Tolfdir tried to kill me!

    3 messages
    • That is because you transformed into a Vampire Lord. Transforming, either into a Lord or into a Werewolf, makes most NPCs hostile towards you.
    • Harold Burned-Mane wrote:That is because you transformed into a Vampire Lord. Transforming, either into a Lord or into a Werewolf, makes most N...

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