Skyrim – Enrolling in the Bard’s College & The Benefits of Joining

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In addition to the College of Winterhold, there’s another institution that you can enroll in and take quests. In Solitude, a school for music-lover is open for anyone who wants to be an official Bard.

Becoming part of the Bard’s college is fairy easy. Unlike the College of Winterhold, doing quests for the Bards College won’t unlock any achievements but the equipments that you will get from doing them are priceless.

Let’s get started on how to join:

– To join the Bard’s College, go to Soltitude. Far to the north side of the town, you should see a cathedral-like building.

– Once you locate the college, go inside and talk to the man in charge, Viarmo.
– He will then tell you that in order to be part of the college, you must do a little task for him. That’s by bringing the missing verse of King Olaf. (He will tell you the history behind King Olaf and the ceremony that you’ll be involved with.)

– Your mission is to go through the Dead Men’s Respite which is south of Soltitude.
– Go through the dungeon where you’ll meet Ghosts of the past and eventually a ghost of someone who will lead you to the lost verse of King Olaf.
– Once you received the missing verse, go back to Viarmo and he’ll ask you do one more thing… that’s to make up the lost verse since it’s all faded and present it to the Jarl of Soltitude.
– After going working with Viarmo, he’ll then welcome you to the Bard’s College.

The Benefits

Once you finished the Tending of the Flames initiation quest, three more quests will open up that will give you an opportunity to easily level up your skills. The quests that you can take for the Bard’s College are all located inside the school.

Here’s the breakdown of the quests that you can take for this college:


– Tending the Flames
How to Begin: Talk to Viarmo
Rewards: Being Accepted in the Bard’s College, a Perk of Gift of the Gab, and a few gold pieces.

– Finn’s Lute
How to Begin: Talk to Inge Six-Fingers inside the Bard’s College.
Rewards: Gives you +1 skill point for every Stealth skills (Light Armor, Sneak, Lockpicking, Pickpocket, Speech, and Alchemy)
Unique Items that You can Get: None

– Pantea’s Flute
How to Begin:Talk to Pantea Ateia.
Rewards: Gives you +1 skill point for every Magic skills (Destruction, Conjuration, Illusion, Restoration, Alteration, and Enchanting)
Unique Items that You can Get: None

– Rjorn’s Drum
How to Begin: Talk to Giraud Germane
Rewards: Gives you +1 skill point for every Combat skills (Block, Two Handed, One Handed, Smithing, Archery, Heavy Armor)
Unique Items that You can Get: Spell Tome: Raise Zombie

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  1. Misty
    November 18, 2011, 10:49 AM

    I did this quest, Tending the flames, but I am not sure if I received the Gift of Gab. How do you know if you have it? When I finished the quest, it only showed that I received gold.

    Also, if you can choose the persuade options when rewriting the verse, you get more gold. My speech was only high enough to do the first persuade option. I received 1000 gold instead of 400.

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  2. Emothic
    November 18, 2011, 12:41 PM

    So what that’s it? I’ve gotten the Flute, Lute, and drum and showed it to the people, and I recive my benfit levels. But now those instraments are in my inventory and I can’t drop the items nor use them. So now I have 10 pounds of items in my inventory that I can’t do anything with it.

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  3. Jonzo
    November 18, 2011, 10:40 PM

    I also ran into the problem Emothic did, i finished the instrument quest but they didn’t take the instruments from me after rewarding me. Is there maybe a museum room I’m supposed to place them in or is this some sort of glitch and im stuck with 10 lbs of items i can’t drop forever

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  4. Quest Items
    December 18, 2011, 12:10 PM


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  5. Samuelxcs
    January 9, 2012, 1:37 PM

    For the previous comment, if quest items DON’T weigh nothing, they weigh SOMETHING. If quest items DO weigh nothing, they weigh nothing!

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  6. tolkien
    October 3, 2012, 6:03 PM

    fair point, but if you think yourself intelligent enough to be perdantic over other peoples comments, try using a capital letter after a full stop, otherwise shut up and just talk about the great game skyrim is

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  7. Bob
    April 15, 2014, 5:38 PM

    Those are commas you turd-wrangler.

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  8. matthew
    May 25, 2014, 1:39 AM

    I have her flute…found it prior to getting King Olafs verse. Since then have completed bards missons but as for her , she is no where to be found…..HELP ME ? I resarted my game because someh ow dawnstar misson glitch and never got into Castle

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