Jyrik Gauldurson is a draugr lord encountered deep below Saarthal during the quest "Under Saarthal," which is a part of the College of Winterhold questline. He is one of the primary antagonists of the quest "Forbidden Legend" and a minor antagonist of the College of Winterhold questline.


Jyrik was the eldest son of Lord Gauldur, the Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold. He and his brothers, Mikrul and Sigdis, coveted their father's amulet, which held immense power. Recovering the artifact, he and his brothers stormed the cities of Skyrim with summoned armies, ending many lives in their mad conquest. Sent by Arch-Mage Geirmund, a battalion of battlemages was dispatched to end the spree, sealing the brothers away in their respective tombs with Writs of Sealing. Jyrik himself was pursued to the already ancient ruin of Saarthal and trapped within. A powerful elemental mage, Jyrik slew ten veteran wizards before he was finally bested.[1]


Under Saarthal

When his chamber is first entered, Jyrik is invincible. A few seconds later, Tolfdir tells the Dragonborn to keep him busy, and rushes downstairs. He runs past Jyrik and begins shooting bolts of lightning at the orb, draining it of some of its power, which lowers Jyrik's defenses and leaves him vulnerable. His body will glow in the corresponding elements (Fire, Lightning, and Frost), meaning he has increased resistance against them.

Forbidden Legend

Bringing the Gauldur Amulet Fragments to Reachwater Rock, the Dragonborn faces all three sons of Gauldur in battle, one last time. Jyrik is the third brother faced. He wields an Ancient Nord War Axe, casting Flame Cloak on himself. He teleports across the room to evade close combat and will use Unrelenting Force during the fight.

Notable items

  • The Staff of Jyrik Gauldurson.
  • The Gauldur Amulet Fragment (which is needed for the quest "Forbidden Legend").
  • The Writ of Sealing, a small note that reads, "Be bound here, Jyrik, murderer and betrayer. Condemned by your crimes against realm and lord. May your name and deeds be forgotten forever. And the charm which you bear be sealed by our ward." Reading this note will automatically accept the quest "Forbidden Legend."


  • Jyrik Gauldurson is one of two people who are shown to channel the power of the Eye of Magnus in battle, the other being Ancano.



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