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Tolfdir the Absent-Minded

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Tolfdir the Absent-Minded
TESV Tolfdir's Alembic
Quest Giver Tolfdir
Location College of Winterhold
Prerequisite Complete College of Winterhold Quest - Hitting the Books
Next Quest This quest may be given twice
Reward 30 GoldIcon, a random Soul Gem
Type College of Winterhold Miscellaneous quest
Quest ID MGR01
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; just ask Tolfdir if he is searching or missing something.


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


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