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Tolfdir the Absent-Minded is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This quest can be done multiple times after the quest "Hitting the Books". If Tolfdir appears to be looking for something, asking what it is he is missing.


Upon returning from the quest to recover the books from Fellglow Keep ("Hitting the Books"), Tolfdir may ask the Dragonborn to recover his misplaced alembic. The alembic will appear in one of three randomly-selected locations in the Hall of Countenance:

  • On the top floor: in the northern room, atop a barrel to the right of the central table.
  • On the top floor: underneath the left display case in the enchanting room.
  • On the bottom floor: on a crate in the eastern room.

Pictures with possible locationsEdit


This section contains bugs related to Tolfdir the Absent-Minded. 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.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Tolfdir the Absent-Minded

  • Skyrim Bug

    2 messages
    • I keep on reloading to my last save and I only get the dialogue of Tolfdir missing his alembic's and the quest does not start or appear...
    • If you look at the quest page the quest won't be added to ...
  • Tolfdir the Absent-minded

    3 messages
    • I think the quest might just repeat itself indefinitely, as opposed to being a bug.
    • He's just that absent-minded. I've found it for him twice already and the dialog option has just popped up again when i last talked...

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