Skyrim:The Words of Power

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Follow the Greybeards' advice to learn a Word of Power from a word wall.
Quest Giver: Arngeir at High Hrothgar
Prerequisite Quest: The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller
Reward: A Word of Power
ID: FreeformHighHrothgarA
Words of Power, Way of Voice

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Detailed Walkthrough

After completing The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller, you can talk to Arngeir and tell him that you would like to learn more about the Voice. He will respond:

"You have learned so much already, Dragonborn. Growing your gift too quickly would be dangerous. But there are many Words of Power in Skyrim, carved in the Dragon tongue. Even from here, we can feel the Thu'um resonate from them. Finding these lost Words would be a sufficient test, to temper your abilities with experience. Ask when you are ready to search."

Thereafter, you can ask him whether the Greybeards have located any words of power. He has two possible replies:

"There is only silence right now. Perhaps later we will hear one of the lost Words."
"We have felt the whisper of a Word. Give me your map, and I will show you where its echo can be found."

The latter response will cause the location of the word wall will be marked on your map, and you will be given a new quest objective.

This quest can be repeated multiple times, and it can also be active simultaneously with the other word wall quest, Shout - learn about word wall. Both quests can even point you to the same location as the other. However, if you choose to kill Paarthurnax for the Blades, this quest is no longer available.


  • If sent to Arcwind Point, finding the word wall may not mark the quest as completed in your journal. Arcwind Point may be given as a destination even when the word wall has already been found, preventing progress in the quest.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.1a of the Unofficial Dawnguard Patch.
    • Pc22.png Using the command SetStage FreeFormHighHrothgarA 20 will end the quest and allow you to acquire another quest normally. Setting Arcwind Point as cleared via SetLocationCleared fd685 1 will prevent getting sent there again.
  • If you learn a word from a different word wall from the one that Arngeir points you to, the test may be prematurely logged complete. For instance, after being directed to Shearpoint by Arngeir, visiting Lost Tongue Overlook instead can complete the quest. This is another possible solution for the Arcwind Point bug mentioned above.

Quest Stages

The Words of Power (FreeformHighHrothgarA)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Find the Word of Power in <Alias=Dungeon>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 20.