"The Black Book. It shoved them in there. With black slick fingers. My fingers are too short. I can't get them out!"

Black Book is a Miscellaneous quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn in which the Dragonborn is approached and attacked by a madman and must find the location of the Black Book he was yelling about.


  1. Find the Black Book in the dungeon


Travelling across Solstheim, the Dragonborn may be approached by a madman who has been driven insane by a Black Book found in a dungeon. The madman will rant at the Dragonborn and engage in combat once his dialogue is over. He is not difficult to kill as he only attacks with his fists and is completely unarmored.

"The secrets. They're in my head. Can't get them out."
"They're in my head."
"I know things. Hidden things. Things you aren't supposed to know."

Slow down there. What are you going on about? "You don't believe me. No one does. They don't want to. I don't want to either. But I can't help it. They're in my head!"
Ummm... Are you alright? "No. That's what I'm trying to say. The secrets, they're in there. In there deep. Can't get them out. They're in my head!"

What's in your head? "Secret hidden things!"
Secrets? What kind of secrets? "The secret kind!"
Alright then. Where did you learn these secrets? "The Black Book. It shoved them in there. With black slick fingers. My fingers are too short. I can't get them out!"
Where did you find this Black Book? "Oh, no. I didn't find it. It found me. Here. I'll show you. See. Right here. But don't go there. You don't want these things in your head. You don't. You don't!"
I can see this is going nowhere. Good luck with all that. "Luck won't help. I need something to pry these things out of my head."

Whoa. Not so close. "Good idea. They might leak out. Don't want them crawling into your head, too. Like me. They're in my head. Right now. Saying things."
"Why won't anyone listen to me?!"
"Listen to me!"

"They're in my head!"

Once killed, the madman will have on his corpse a note that details the location of the Black Book and will start the quest if dialogue with the madman was left early of concluded without him showing the Dragonborn then location.

Black Book locationsEdit


Black Book – DLC2WE06
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 1: Find the Black Book in <Alias=Dungeon>


  • This quest is radiant, meaning it will happen for every Black Book in the game.
  • Immediately after the conversation with the madman, he will become hostile and attack. Killing him will not incur a bounty.


This section contains bugs related to Black Book (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  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If the quest to find a book is acquired after that book has already been obtained, it is impossible to complete or remove the quest.
    •  PC(Fix)   Enter setstage DLC2WE06 200 in console to remove the quest.

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    • The bug with the incompletable quest happends on my ps3.
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