The quest can be initiated by speaking with any of Skyrim's Bards, who are typically located in a cities inn or tavern. The bard will note that they were trained at the Bard's College in Solitude and that "wanderers", such as the Dragonborn, should think about applying.

After the quest has been received, the player should then travel to the Bard's College in Solitude, and speak to Viarmo to complete the quest.


This section contains bugs related to Investigate the Bard's College. 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   It is possible to receive this quest after having already completed the Bard's College Quests. When selecting, the quest the marker simply points to Viarmo, (Headmaster of the Bard's College) with no speech options relating to the quest. At this point the quest is no longer completable and will simply take up space in the Miscellaneous Quest tab.
    •  PC(Fix)   In the console type: SetObjectiveCompleted ms05start 10 1

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  • Bards college

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    • So did the main quest for the bards (King olaf) And now it just says investigate the bards college with the indicator over the head master but...
    • You're going to have to reload an old save. It's really the only way to get a bugged indicator off. You can try to do a few of ...
  • Investigate the bards college

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    • Yea what's gives I killed him but no dice
    • can not start the quest at all headmaster talks of dragons and thats it
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