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"You are now in the Arcanaeum, of which I am I charge. You might as well call it my own little plane of Oblivion. Disrupt my Arcaneum, and I will have you torn apart by angry Atronachs. Now, is there anything I can help you with?"
―Urag gro-Shub[src]

Urag gro-Shub is an Orsimer mage and the librarian of the Arcanaeum at the College of Winterhold in Skyrim. He is known for his strict and stern attitude. 

He is a merchant of books and takes his job very seriously. He initiates the "Hitting the Books" quest when the Dragonborn approaches him, requesting research materials for The Eye of Magnus. The books Urag sells and requests vary over time.

Personality

Urag takes his work as the librarian in the Arcanaeum very seriously, he shows this when he says, "I better not see you treating all of these books poorly, are we clear?" Urag will keep an aggressive attitude even after the Dragonborn becomes Arch-Mage. He will however, adopt a more respectful attitude towards them if they give him an Elder Scroll.

Interactions

Ancient Falmer TomesDG

Four ancient tomes written in the Falmer Language are scattered throughout the Forgotten Vale. They can be sold to Urag gro-Shub at the College. For each Unknown Book, he will award 1000 GoldIcon and a translated version of that book.

Elder Knowledge

After speaking to Paarthurnax about learning Dragonrend, the Dragonborn needs to recover an Elder Scroll to travel back in time to Alduin's defeat atop the Throat of the World. Urag gro-Shub is able to provide the Dragonborn with two texts on Elder Scrolls, Effects of the Elder Scrolls and Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls, one of which is authored by Septimus Signus. As a former member of the college, Urag knows his whereabouts and directs the Dragonborn to him. If the Dragonborn collects the Elder Scroll at Alftand, it can later be sold to Urag for 2,000 GoldIcon. In Dawnguard, the Dragonborn requires the same Elder Scroll for the quest "Scroll Scouting." If the Dragonborn sold it to Urag, he sells it for 4,000 GoldIcon. Alternatively, he can be persuaded to sell it back for 3,000 GoldIcon. An Arch-Mage Dragonborn can purchase the scroll back for 2,000 GoldIcon, if he is far enough in the story line.

Fetch Me That Book!

After joining the College of Winterhold, Urag may send the Dragonborn to collect various rare books. He pays the Dragonborn with GoldIcon as a reward. Once enough are collected, he sends word to the Orc strongholds so that the Dragonborn can gain entry.

Hitting the Books

After finding the books at Fellglow Keep, Urag rewards the Dragonborn with six skill books: Racial Phylogeny, Daughter of the Niben, Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments, Response to Bero's Speech, The Black Arts On Trial, and 2920, vol 09 - Hearth Fire.

Shalidor's Insights

Urag requires assistance with locating Shalidor's Insights, rare manuscripts scattered across Skyrim.

Scroll Scouting

The Dragonborn needs the scroll once again, and it can be purchased from Urag if it has been sold to him once before.

Lecture

Urag gro-Shub delivers a lecture on Shalidor and his texts, writings and research and the College's need to recover the ancient research. The lecture is held in the Hall of the Elements, during which most of the members of the College come to listen to his lecture. After he finishes, everyone goes back to their usual schedule.

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"As many know, there is an ongoing effort to research the work of the Archmagus Shalidor. He is most remembered for his great maze of Labyrinthian, said to hold "Glamoril", or the secret of life. While stories have persisted since the First Era, none have ever confirmed the existence of this "Glamoril" or its purpose or function.

The College has developed some theories, however. We know that Shalidor had an understanding of magic that surpassed almost any of either his age or ours. The few works of his that have been recovered suggest that he had an understanding of magic and the world that few have ever achieved. What is interesting is that it appears he was also incredibly prolific, writing on a diverse array of subjects. An array so great, in fact, that it remains a source of curiosity.

What, then, of this Glamoril? It means "secret of life" in elvish. Could this be an explanation for Shalidor's works? Is it possible that it somehow contributed to his work? Perhaps allowed him to life multiple lifetimes in a short span of time? Increased his intelligence and knowledge in ways unfathomable to us? We may never know for certain. The College is always searching for more of Shalidor's writings in an attempt to understand both our knowledge of the man, and of magic in general."
―Urag gro-Shub

Dialogue

"You need a book, you talk to me. Otherwise you're going to find yourself in a lot of pain."

You take your work very seriously. "Of course I do. If I didn't, most of these books would've been burned to ashes or dissolved to nothing before the Third Era. Mages need to be reminded to be careful around research materials."
This is quite an impressive library. "A mage is only as good as what he knows. I try and make sure as much knowledge is available as possible. We've been keeping this collection since the Second Era. Books have come and gone during that time, but it's mostly intact."

"Hmm hmm."

Show: Hitting the Books
In The Arcanaeum:

"Hundreds of years have gone into assembling this collection. It's going to stay pristine, understand?"

I need to learn about something we found in Saarthal. "I know what you want. Word travels fast around here. Discovered some big mystery, huh? Well you don't even need to ask. No, I don't have anything for you. Not anymore, anyway."
You don't have anything that can help? "I said not anymore. Orthorn stole a number of books when he ran off to Fellglow Keep to join those Summoners. Some kind of peace offering. I think one of those volumes may have had some relevant information. If you want them, you'll have to talk to Orthorn."
Doesn't anyone care that Orthorn stole things from the College? "Not enough to bother with it. Arch-Mage Aren's approach to these things is to just let them sort themselves out. Although now it looks like you'll be doing the sorting. Good luck with that."
Who is Orthorn? "He was an Apprentice here at the College. Not very skilled, but got involved with a group of mages who took a liking to him. When they left, he took off after them. Stole supplies and books from the College, I suppose as a way to ingratiate himself."
Why are these mages at Fellglow Keep? "Let's just call it a "difference of opinion" with the College. They were interested in research that goes outside the bounds of what the College allows, so they were... persuaded to leave."

When returning with the books:

Here are the books that went missing. "Well, well. And you seem to be in one piece! Thank you. I'll look these over, and inform Mirabelle if I find anything relevant. "Night of Tears", eh? I remember this one. Well, isn't that interesting. Did you read it yourself? If I recall it correctly, that has some interesting implications. You should mention that to Tolfdir. And... here. I suppose you've earned these."

Show: Fetch Me That Book!
In The Arcanaeum:

Is there any College business I can assist with? "If you're feeling adventurous, I'm always looking for someone to procure valuable books from some more... dangerous locations."

I'm not really interested in anything dangerous. "Ah. Some other time, perhaps?"
I'm ready for some adventure. "Well all right. Here, I scribbled down the last place I'd heard about. Check it out, but be careful."

After retrieving the book:

Here's that book you were looking for. "Looks like you're still in one piece. And more importantly, so is the book. Thank you."

Show: Shalidor's Insights
In The Arcanaeum:

Are there any special books you're looking for? "As a matter of fact, there are. Have you ever heard of Shalidor? Immensely powerful mage, back in the First Era. Had an understanding of magic few have ever matched. He holed himself up in Labyrinthian, and devoted all of his time to research and study. Wrote more than you would imagine possible. Since then, his writing have been scattered all over Skyrim, but are little use to anyone who can't translate them. I'm one of the few who can. I've heard whispers of more of his work having turned up. If you can track it down, it may prove useful to all of us."

After finding Shalidor's text:

I've found more of Shalidor's work. "Excellent! I'll start translating it. Shouldn't take me more than a day or two."

If approached again:

Have you made any progress translating Shalidor's work? "I only just got my hands on it. I can only work so quickly."

After waiting a day:

Have you made any progress translating Shalidor's work? "It's coming along slowly. I expect there will be results soon."

After waiting two days:

Have you made any progress translating Shalidor's work? "We were able to figure out the last text you brought in. I thought the least I could do is pass the knowledge along."

Show: Elder Knowledge
In The Arcanaeum:

"You are now in the Arcaneum, of which I am in charge. It might as well be my own little plane of Oblivion. Disrupt my Arcaneum, and I will have you torn apart by angry Atronachs. Now, do you require assistance?"

I'm looking for an Elder Scroll. "And what do you plan to do with it? Do you even know what you're asking about, or are you just someone's errand boy?"
Tell me more about the Elder Scrolls. "I knew it. Everyone comes in here, expecting my help, but they don't even have the proper questions. An Elder Scroll is an instrument of immense knowledge and power. To read an Elder Scroll, a person must have the most rigorously trained mind, or else risk madness. Even so, the Divines usually grant the reader's sight as a price."
A price for what? "The simplest way to put it is "knowledge," but there's nothing simple about an Elder Scroll. It's a reflection of all possible futures and all possible pasts. Each reader sees different reflections through different lenses, and may come away with a very different reading. But at the same time, all of it is true. Even the falsehoods. Especially the falsehoods."
Who wrote the Elder Scrolls? "It would take a month to explain to you how that very question doesn't even make sense. The Scrolls exist here, with us, but also beyond and beneath. Before and after. They are bits of Divine made substance so we could know them. Sorry. Talking about the Scrolls, you usually end up in irritating and vague metaphors like that. Some people who study them devoutly go mad."
All right. So do you have one that I could use? "Ha! You think that even if I did have one here, I would let you see it? It would be kept under the highest security. The greatest thief in the world wouldn't be able to lay a finger on it."
What about the Dragonborn? "What about... wait. Are you? Were you the one the Greybeards were calling?""'
Do you at least have any information on them? "Of course."
I need to find one and was told you could help. "I don't know who told you that, but I'll do what I can. What we do have are plenty of books."
"I'll bring everything we have on them, but it's not much. So don't get your hopes up. It's mostly lies, leavened with rumor and conjecture."
Of course I do. Do you have one here? "You think that even if I did have one here, I would let you see it? It would be kept under the highest security. The greatest thief in the world wouldn't be able to lay a finger on it."
What about the Dragonborn? "What about... wait. Are you? Were you the one the Greybeards were calling?""'
Do you at least have any information on them? "Of course."
I need to find one and was told you could help. "I don't know who told you that, but I'll do what I can. What we do have are plenty of books."
"I'll bring everything we have on them, but it's not much. So don't get your hopes up. It's mostly lies, leavened with rumor and conjecture."

"Hmm hmm."

When putting down the books:

"Here you go. Try not to spill anything on them."

After reading Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls:

"Hundreds of years have gone into assembling this collection. It's going to stay pristine, understand?"

The "Ruminations" book is incomprehensible. "Aye, that's the work of Septimus Signus. He's the world's master of the nature of Elder Scrolls, but... well. He's been gone for a long while. Too long."
Where did he go? "Somewhere up north, in the ice fields. Said he found some old Dwemer artifact, but... well, that was years ago. Haven't heard from him since."
He's dead? "Oh no. I hope not. But even I haven't seen him in years, and we were close. Became obsessed with the Dwemer. Took off north saying he had found some old artifact. Haven't seen him since. Somewhere in the ice fields, if you want to try to find him."

Quotes

  • "You are now in the Arcanaeum, of which I am I charge. You might as well call it my own little plane of Oblivion. Disrupt my Arcanaeum, and I will have you torn apart by angry Atronachs. Now, is there anything I can help you with?" - First greeting
  • "I better not see you treating any of these books poorly, are we clear?"
  • "Please make sure your hands are clean before touching anything, alright?" - Sale dialogue
  • "Mages have to be reminded to be careful around research materials."
  • "I have some books lying around that weren't worth adding to the collection. You may look through them." - Sale dialogue
  • "Assorted books, scrolls. I'm sure you'll find something useful." - Sale dialogue
  • "Arch-Mage or not, my rules about books still stand." - After completing the College of Winterhold questline
  • "I don't care if you wrote it yourself -- if you want a book from here, you go through me."
  • "The Arcaneum is always accepting new volumes. I'll take what I can get."

Wares

Urag gro-Shub sells various books, including exceptionally rare ones. Sometimes, he sells books that share the same name as ones needed for "Fetch Me That Book!", though these cannot be turned in for that quest, they may be read without bug occurring, See Below. Some of these books are difficult to locate elsewhere.

Rare books

Name GoldIcon
Amongst the Draugr 14
An Accounting of the Scrolls 20
Chaurus Pie: A Recipe 11
Death of a Wanderer 12
Dragon Language: Myth no More 14
Effects of the Elder Scrolls 25
Final Lesson 14
Flight from the Thalmor 13
Great Harbingers 13
Lycanthropic Legends of Skyrim 20
Magic from the Sky 12
Nerevar Moon and Star 30
On Oblivion 10
On Stepping Lightly 12
Opusculus Lamae Bal 14
Short History of Morrowind 15
Skyrim's Rule 14
Spirit of the Daedra 25
The Apprentice's Assistant 12
The Madness of Pelagius 12
The Posting of the Hunt 25
The Tale of Dro'Zira 11
The Third Door 11
Treatise on Ayleidic Cities 25
The Wraith's Wedding Dowry 10

Rare series

Trivia

  • Barring potentially the player character, Urag is one of only two male Orc mages in Skyrim, the other being Bashnag.
  • Completing one of the "Fetch Me That Book!" quests will make the Dragonborn Blood-Kin, if they were not already.
  • Urag never sleeps, as he never leaves the Arcaneum and there isn't a bed for him to sleep in.

Bugs

This section contains bugs related to Urag gro-Shub. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  •  360   During the quest "Fetch Me That Book!", Urag may not recognize that the Dragonborn is in possession of the book.
    •  PC(Fix)   Solution: Type this in the Console Command: setstage MGR20 20
  •  360   Books he sends the Dragonborn to collect may not appear if the location is labeled as "cleared" or if the room containing the book requires the death of a boss to open.

Appearances

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