"Disrupt my Arcanaeum, and I will have you torn apart by angry Atronachs."
―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.


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.


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.


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.

"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


  • "Disrupt my Arcaneum, 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."
  • "Of course I do. If I didn't, most of these books would have been burnt or dissolved to nothing before the end of the Third Era." - When told, "You take your job very seriously."
  • "I have some books lying around that weren't worth adding to the collection. You may look through them." - Sale dialogue


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


  • 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.


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.


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