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For other uses, see Black Book: Untold Legends.

Black Book: Untold Legends is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn in which the Dragonborn must find the hidden knowledge within the Black Book Untold Legends in the realm of Apocrypha. The Black Book can be found in Benkongerike. Read it to begin the quest.


I read the Black Book called "Untold Legends," and found myself in Hermaeus Mora's realm of Apocrypha. I should uncover the knowledge hidden here, or read the book again to escape.


  1. Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge


"As the great ships of men crawled the waves to their destinies, there were, after long years, a number of tales lost in the mists of morning. Even after the forgetting though, wisps of story find ways to receptive ears as even the deepest of secrets never truly dies."

After reading the book, the Dragonborn will arrive in Apocrypha. Walk forward and enter Chapter II. The second section here has one Lurker, and two paths that lead to different chapters, III (to the north) and IV (to the south).

Chapter III is just a room with a Seeker and some treasure (usually a Conjuration spell tome and random books). After claiming the treasure, go back to Chapter II and proceed to Chapter IV.

Chapter IV is a large room with a cage in the center and seven alcoves. There are a few Seekers here and some skill books. Four of the alcoves contain Fonts of Magicka and Stamina, and pods with random treasure (mostly books). Go to the middle right alcove and activate the scrye to open the gate to reach another scrye inside it, which opens the gate on the middle left alcove. Activate the scrye there to open the gate in the center. Once inside the center room, activate the last scrye to open the gate to the last alcove, which contains a vessel with treasure and the book that leads to the Chapter V.

Chapter V is mostly a straight shot to the final book. Read it and choose one of the three rewards. However, the hallway may curve left or right, and at the end of the curve is a fight with a Lurker Guardian. Then the Dragonborn must go down another hallway that leads back to the original one and repeat the process of going down the main hallway that will once again curve. Once both Lurker Guardians are defeated, access to the book is granted via one more trip down the main hallway.


Reading the book at the end of Chapter V grants the ability to choose between one of the following powers:


Black Book: Untold Legends – DLC2BlackBook03Quest
ID Journal Entry
10 I read the Black Book called "Untold Legends," and found myself in Hermaeus Mora's realm of Apocrypha. I should uncover the knowledge hidden here, or read the book again to escape.
  • Objective 10: Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge

I uncovered the hidden knowledge contained in the Black Book "Untold Legends."

  • Quest complete


Black Book - Untold Legends Hidden Pod Location

Location of a well-hidden pod.

  • Reading any Black Book at any time while in Apocrypha will return the Dragonborn to where the book was read in Solstheim.
  • Black Books cannot be read while in Skyrim; they will only work in Solstheim.
  • There is a very well-hidden pod containing random books located in Chapter II near the first Lurker. Facing west, it is on a ledge attached to the right book pillar facing the acid lake. While the ledge is possible to be jumped onto, the jump must be very precise. It is highly recommended that one saves first before attempting this and uses the shout Slow Time, as it allows the player to 'float' around the pillar.
  • Using the Slow Time or Whirlwind Sprint shout, it is possible to run through the hallway in Chapter V before it starts to curve, thus skipping the fight against the Lurker Guardians.
  • When going back to Chapter IV from Chapter V, the Chapter is mistitled "Chapter III" instead of "Chapter IV".


This section contains bugs related to Black Book: Untold Legends (Quest). 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  • When the tunnels curve, it may curve all the way, blocking the path to the hidden knowledge.