"I've been known to handle items of questionable interest from time to time and I'll see what I can do."

Enthir is a Bosmer sorcerer and merchant found at the College of Winterhold, and has connections to the Thieves Guild in Skyrim.

Background[edit | edit source]

Enthir presents himself as a rather shady figure: he calls himself the "guy that can do things." He is often referred to in quests around the College of Winterhold. He can usually be found either in the Hall of Attainment on the second floor toward the northwest in his room or at The Frozen Hearth in Winterhold.

He was close friends with Gallus Desidenius, the former guildmaster of the Thieves Guild. He describes their first meeting as an amusing anecdote, as Gallus broke into his laboratory and, rather than flee from Enthir or fight him, made an interesting comment on his notes. It ended up with them having a long discussion and the two of them becoming friends.[1]

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Arniel's Endeavor[edit | edit source]

Enthir is involved with two parts of this questline: Firstly he sends the Dragonborn to recover the Staff of Tandil in exchange for the Warped Soul Gem ordered by Arniel Gane. Later, after a package goes missing (the unique dagger Keening), a delivery that Enthir insists was organized by Arniel, he directs the Dragonborn to the location where the courier was last seen.

Onmund's Request[edit | edit source]

Onmund requests that the Dragonborn ask Enthir to return his Amulet, and should they be unable to persuade him to do so, Enthir will offer to return the item if the Dragonborn recovers a staff (the Grand Staff of Charming) from a radiant location. Upon the successful recovery of the staff, Enthir will return the amulet.

Hard Answers[edit | edit source]

The Dragonborn is sent by Karliah to speak with Enthir in order to translate Gallus's journal. Enthir identifies that the text within it was written in the Falmer language, but as he is unable to translate it, he sends the Dragonborn to Calcelmo, self-defined expert on the Dwemer and court-mage of Markarth to have it deciphered. After the Dragonborn collects a rubbing of a Falmer deciphering tool located within Calcelmo's Tower, Enthir successfully translates the journal, offering his services as a fence in return.

Services[edit | edit source]

Enthir sells Black Soul Gems for around 800–1,000 Gold. He sells other mage equipment, such as spell tomes, staves and robes, at much higher prices than other merchants. He also sells Daedra Hearts, which are useful for Alchemy and creating Daedric armor and weapons. He restocks his items every two days.

After "Hard Answers" has been completed, he will sell his wares at regular prices. He will only act as a fence when outside the College's buildings or in the town of Winterhold. Be warned: if the Dragonborn attacks him, the Thieves Guild will require a compensation.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

"Let me give you a bit of advice. You want to work on something that's not officially allowed? Don't tell anyone you're doing it. You need something you're not officially supposed to have, you come see me. You tell anyone that I told you, and I'll fry you from the inside out. Got it? Good."

Can we do business? "I hope you've got some coin."
I do. The question is, what have you got? "Let's just take a look then."
No coin right now. "Well then you'd better have something I really want to buy."
What's not allowed here? "Purposely killing your fellow College members is a bad idea. I'd advise against it. Theft and assault can get you into trouble as well. As for research... Well, a sufficient explanation will cover almost anything. If you're going to need live test subjects for your experiments, it's easier to do that off of College grounds."
Show: Onmund's Request

"Yes, yes. What is it?"

I understand you have something of Onmund's. He wants it back. "Oh my. How precious. Onmund is too afraid to deal with me himself, and so he's sent you. I'll make this very simple for you. All my trades are final. Onmund knew this ahead of time, and went through with it anyway. So there's nothing more to be said."
'It's in everyone's best interest if you return the amulet. (Persuade)
"Oh, I suppose. But you keep this to yourself; I don't want it being known that I go back on my trades. Understand?" (Success)
"Yes, you see, the thing is... I'm not concerned with 'everyone's best interest.' I find I'm only concerned with my own." (Failure)
What if I were to pay you for the amulet? "No, no. You're not understanding this. Onmund made a deal. He made that choice, and now he has to live with it."
There must be something I can do to change your mind. "Look how persistent you are. It's charming, really. Onmund gave up the first time I said no. But not you... All right. I'll tell you a little story. Let's pretend for a moment that a certain individual was looking to acquire a particular staff. Let's also pretend that he traded some valuable items for said staff. And it was only later that it was realized that this individual might... misuse such a staff. The resulting disaster would reflect quite poorly on everyone involved. Are you following me?"
What's your point? "You're not very good at this, are you. Look, I traded a staff to someone and found out later that was a bad idea. So, I'd like the staff back. Understand now?"
I'll get the staff for you. "Finally, we have an agreement. I look forward to having it back soon. The sooner, the better, in fact."
You won't let Onmund out of his trade, but you want out of yours? "It's an entirely different situation. I don't expect you to comprehend the nuances of these matters. Regardless, I'm making you a very simple offer. You get me the staff, and I give you Onmund's precious amulet. Do we have a deal?"

If left in dialogue:

I understand you have something of Onmund's. He wants it back. "I've already made it very clear that all of my trades are final."

Upon returning with the staff:

Here's your staff. Now I'd like the amulet, please. "Pleasure doing business with you."

Show: Hard Answers
Inside The Frozen Hearth:

"Yes, yes. What is it?"

I've been sent by Karliah. "Karliah? Then she's finally found it. Do you have Gallus's Journal?"
Yes, but there's a problem. "A problem? Let me see it. This is just like Gallus. A dear friend, but always too clever for his own good. He's written all of the text in the Falmer language."
Can you translate it? "No. However, I know someone who might. The court wizard of Markarth, Calcelmo, may have the materials you need to get this journal translated. A word of warning. Calcelmo is a fierce guardian of his research. Getting the information won't be easy."
What can you tell me about Gallus? "He was a dear friend of mine and a surprisingly asture pupil of academia... I was devastated when he was killed. I suppose that risk always coexisted with his line of work, I just never thought his luck would run out."
He was an academic yet he chose a different path. Why? "Well, for the thrill of course. He was quite clear that he felt more in his element climbing through a window rather than hunched over a dusty tome."
How did you meet him? "Ah yes, quite an amusing anecdote actually. I caught him trying to break into my laboratory. I was about to show him the error of his ways when he made a curiously astute comment about my research notes. I was astounded and in turn it lead to a conversation. Who'd have imagined it would lead to such a strong friendship?"
What exactly is a Falmer? "In the time before man, they were known as the snow elves. They lived in the sunlight and had a very prosperous society."
So they were like your kind? "Like the Altmer? Yes, I would say their culture quite possibly rivaled our own."
What drove them underground? "The Nords went to war with the Falmer in the First Era. Killed them by the thousands to drive them from their snowy homeland. The Falmer retreated underground and forged an uneasy alliance with the dwarves who ended up betraying them. This betrayal made them what they now... horrible blind monstrosities with a burning hatred of any but their own kind."
They sound more like victims to me. "Yes, I suppose you're right. Forgive me. I've lost several close friends to the Falmer and it tends to distort my view."
You appear to despise them. "Why shouldn't I? The Falmer have killed more than a fair share of my acquaintances. They're animals... they show absolutely no pity or remorse."
Then I'll make it a point to hunt them down. "Good. I lost more than a few acquaintances to the Falmer and I wish to see them avenged."
"If you wish to learn more about them, you're welcome to my tome on the subject. Should be on my table."
Why did Gallus scribe his journal in Falmer? "Besides the fact that there are only a handful of people in Tamriel that even recognize the language? I'm fairly certain he was planning some sort of a heist that involved a deep understanding of the Falmer language. Sadly, we never had the opportunity to speak about the details."
Where did he acquire the knowledge to use it? "Ironically, I pointed him in the same direction I pointed you. To Markarth and Calcelmo. I'm only hoping whatever means he used to learn the language will still be available to you."

"Calcelmo is stubborn as a mule. Be careful when you speak to him."

After retrieving the translation:

"Back, eh? And how was our friend Calcelmo?"

This should help translate Gallus's Journal. "I suppose it would be inappropriate of me to ask how you obtained this, so I simply won't. A rubbing, eh? Odd. I expected notes."
It's quite the tale. "I understand. Now, let me take a good look at this. Over here, please."

After the conversation with Karliah:

"Listen, all I want is the truth to be revealed to the Guild. They respected Karliah, and she deserves better. Do whatever you can and I'd consider it a personal favor."

Thank you, Enthir. "If trying to rid yourself of stolen goods becomes a burden, and you find yourself in Winterhold, visit me at the College. I've been known to handle items of questionable interest from time to time and I'll see what I can do."

"If you have further need of me, you can find me in the College."

Conversations[edit | edit source]

Hard Answers

Enthir: "Hmm. This is intriguing, but highly disturbing. It appears that Gallus had suspicions about Mercer Frey's allegiance to the Guild for months. Gallus had begun to uncover what he calls an "... unduly lavish lifestyle replete with spending vast amounts of gold on personal pleasures.""
Karliah: "Does the journal say where this wealth came from?"
Enthir: "Yes. Gallus seems certain that Mercer had been removing funds from the Guild's treasury without anyone's knowledge."
Karliah: "Anything else, Enthir? Anything about... the Nightingales?"
Enthir: "Hmm. Yes, here it is. The last few pages seem to describe "the failure of the Nightingales" although it doesn't go into great detail. Gallus also repeatedly mentions his strong belief that Mercer desecrated something known as the Twilight Sepulcher."
Karliah: "Shadows preserve us. So it's true..."
Enthir: "I'm not familiar with the Twilight Sepulcher. What is it? What's Mercer Frey done?"
Karliah: "I'm sorry Enthir, I can't say. All that matters is we deliver your translation to the Guild immediately. Farewell, Enthir... words can't express..."
Enthir: "It's alright Karliah. You don't have to say a word."

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Give my regards to Karliah, if you see her." – After "Hard Answers"
  • "Nothing elicit going on here, Arch-Mage. You can be sure of that." – After "The Eye of Magnus" and the Dragonborn becomes Arch-Mage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If one compares the Falmer's culture to Enthir's "people" he says he is an Altmer, despite being a Bosmer. This likely means that he was going to be an Altmer at some point in game development, but was changed to a Bosmer before release, and his dialogue was not re-recorded to reflect this.
  • Enthir has a misspelled subtitle reading "I undertstand..." in the quest Hard Answers.
  • After starting Onmund's Request, when the Dragonborn needs to talk to Enthir, and he is not found in his room or roaming the college, he can sometimes be found outside the college on a ledge.
  • Unlike other "reputable" mage vendors that only buy magically related materials, Enthir will buy any sellable item, much like a trader or general store. He also charges higher prices for his wares than other vendors, and offers lower prices for items the Dragonborn sells. He charges regular prices after "Hard Answers."
  • Enthir is one of the only consistent sources of Daedra Hearts in Skyrim. He will always have two when his inventory resets.
  • Enthir will sell a single Black Soul Gem; however, it will not always be empty and can cost up to 3,000 gold if filled.
  • He is the only Bosmer Fence in Skyrim.
  • Enthir is voiced by the same actor who provided the voice for Lucan Valerius, Falion, and some other characters.
  • Enthir will become hostile when witnessing a crime towards him or any other inhabitants of the College.
  • His dialogue near the end of "Hard Answers" will be slightly different if the Dragonborn has not enrolled in the College yet, suggesting that when they gain entry to the College to look him up if they ever need to unload excess items to him as a fence.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Enthir. 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.
  • If the Falkreath Watchtower was cleared for the quest "Arniel's Endeavor," and the quest "Onmund's Request" hasn't been finished yet, the quests cannot be finished since Enthir doesn't talk about anything else anymore, not even to barter.confirmation needed
    • Possible fix to complete all three quests "Arniel's Endeavor," "Onmund's Request," As well as "Hard Answers."
  •  360   If one has never bartered with him prior to becoming Arch-Mage then he may not barter with them after they become Arch-Mage, unless the quest "Hard Answers" has been completed.
  • Enthir may not talk to the Dragonborn if the quest "The Staff of Magnus" is active.
  • Enthir may not leave the inn even if the Thieves Guild quest "Hard Answers" has been completed, and one has not become the Arch-Mage yet.
    • Fix:  PC   360   PS3  
      1. Go back to the Dwemer Museum in Markarth once "Blindsighted" has been completed. This should trigger the Hard Answers once again.
      2. Finish the quest.
      3. Karliah will give the player another Nightingale Blade and walk out. This will not require repeating "The Pursuit" or the ones following it.
      4. Once completed, Enthir will return to the College of Winterhold.
      5. Wait for him to go back to his room in the Hall of Attainment and he will sell Daedra Hearts once again.
      6. Rest or wait a day or so for him to restock.
  • PC users can try this workaround in order to buy the Daedra Hearts:
    1. Go to the second floor of Hall of Attainment, where Enthir is supposed to be.
    2. Open the console with ~
    3. Type prid 0001C1AA (press enter).
    4. Type moveto player (press enter).
    5. Close console with ~ again, and Enthir should appear.
    6. Enthir will complain about some stuff, keep following him and press E to talk to him, he will finally open the dialogue so one can buy Daedra Hearts from him.
      The bad side is that he will start walking back to the inn, good side is that whenever he is needed, one can repeat the process.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dialogue during Hard Answers
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