Skyrim: Easter Eggs

Fallout 3 had them, Oblivion had them, even Morrowwind had Easter Eggs, and the developers at Bethesda weren’t about to leave The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim without these hidden treasures. Sometimes funny, sometimes a reference, even sometimes pretty useful, you’ll want to check out these hidden easter eggs scattered throughout the open-world of Skyrim. These things are everywhere, and I think we’ve only scratched the surface — there are more Easter Eggs out there, so keep an eye open and help us make this a comprehensive list of Easter Eggs in Skyrim.

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Easter Eggs

Find Juib the Prisoner from Morrowind on our Dawnguard DLC Easter Eggs page. Complete his quest with our text and video guide here.

M’aiq the Liar

  • The Khajiit with the funny voice has emigrated to Skyrim. Beginning in Morrowind, and moving on to Oblivion, M’aiq spouts off lines and commentary about features or items that were left out of the game in development.
  • M’aiq travels on the roads of Skyrim, and can be very difficult to find. If you do spot him, make sure to follow and talk to hear one of his many quotes.

Stolen Sweetrolls

  • In Skyrim, many NPCs will ask if your sweetroll was stolen. This is a reference back to Morrowind, in which one of the questionnaire questions that determine your class referenced sweetrolls.
  • Also, in Fallout 3, the bully steals your sweetroll early in your young life. The stolen sweetroll is a running easter egg from Bethesda.

Oblivion Easter Eggs

  • Used the “Summon Spectral Assassin” spell to summon Lucien Lachance in ghost form. He is the recruiter from the Dark Brotherhood in Oblivion.
  • A giant mudcrab husk can be found in Whiterun Hold, in the fields surrounding Whiterun. This mudcrab is dead, but continues the tradition of having mudcrabs in every Elder Scrolls game.
  • In the Dark Brotherhood faction house, read Cicero’s Journal Volume 1, he references the Adoring Fan at the Arena in the Imperial Capital.
  • Find a mage named Nelacar in the Frozen Hearth Inn, in Winterhold, and try to talk to him. If you fail to persuade him, he will reference a “Lusty Argonian”, he is referencing an in-universe book from Oblivion and Morrowwind called “The Lusty Argonian Maid.” The book can also be found in Skyrim.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series

  • The city of Winterhold may be a reference to the city of Winterfell in A Game of Thrones. Both are located in the frozen north, and both have leaders that are ignored and called traitors.

Historical Themed

  • There is a company called the East Empire Company — likely a reference to the historical East India Company.

Alice in Wonderland

  • Finding Sheogorath, he is having a teaparty in the middle of the forest. This is similar to the Mad Hatter in the Alice of Wonderland, not to mention that Sheogorath is the Lord of Madness.
  • Sheogorath, technically, could be considered the Player-Character from Oblivion, if you completed the Shivering Isles expansion!

The Headless Horseman

  • At night, on the road leading to Northwatch Keep, you can spot a ghostly headless horseman riding on the road. If you follow him, he’ll lead you to a graveyard full of skeletons and a treasure chest. Unlock the chest with a high lockpick skill to find some enchanted weapons.

Beowulf

  • The town of High Hrothgar is named off a character in Beowulf named Hrothgar. Simple, but true!

Star Trek

  • In Ivarstead, you can find a woman named Temba Wide-Arm. In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Darmok, a repeated phrase is “Temba, his arms wide.”

Monty Python

  • When fighting, enemies will often yell, “It’s just a scratch!” which may be a reference to the black knight, said after his arms and legs are cut off.
  • While watching Roggvir’s execution, he’ll yell “Get on with it!” which is similar to a scene with the same line at the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Minecraft

  • On the top of the Throat of the World, on the highest peak, you can find the Notched Pickaxe. The pickaxe is the tool of choice in Minecraft for mining, while Notch is the name of Minecraft’s lead developer.

The Legend of King Arthur

  • South of the Broken Tower Redoubt, there is a place called Rebel’s Cairn. You’ll find a pile of stones with a sword sticking out of the top. This is a reference to the sword in the stone.
  • Northeast of Bleakwind Basin, you can find a pond with a skeletal arm holding a sword. This is a reference to the lady in the lake.

Choose Your Own Adventure

  • A Choose Your Own Adventure book called Kolb and the Dragon can be found in the Jorrvaskr in Whiterun, or in the Radiant Raiment in Solitude.

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51 Comments on Skyrim: Easter Eggs

Derka

On November 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

when you ask the bard to sing hrothgar the red or whatever, theres a part of the song that says this is the part where you fall down and bleed to death lol

Rebekah

On November 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

When you kill the Emperor in the Dark Brotherhood quest “Hail Sithis!” one of the books on his desk is “Oblivion Christs” (I think its called) is the story of the main quest of Elder scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Evan

On November 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

When i was roaming around I found a cave near the north and when i went inside there wher ice trolls. but the easter egg was at the end of the cave. If uve watched starwars ull know what its representing. its a skeleton frozen upsidedown and a weapon on the ground with an elctric enchantment!

tim

On November 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

the lusty argonian maid is available in skyrim, too. it just takes some looking for it.

Numbskul

On November 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

In Dwemer ruins you can find gold holes on the wall, simalar to the ones on Bioshock. from wenst little girls crawl from.

Roseahawka

On November 16, 2011 at 2:11 am

Two things.
One. the book detailing your adventures in oblivion is called ‘the Oblivion Crisis’
Two, a thieves guild related quest has you deep underground the hemmingbrew(?) meadery where you encounter a mage who has an army of skeevers (Skyrim version of rats) His name is Hamelyn, a reference, I guessed to the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

InsertNameHere

On November 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

The name of the brewery in the Thieves guild quest is in Honningbrew. Just thought I’d point that out :)

Cameron

On November 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

if bethesda was anything like EA they’d be taunting notch’s success and bragging about how they’ll be better

One Eyed Jack

On November 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

When you raid Mercer’s house in the Thieves’ Guild quest line, you will find a bust of “The Grey Fox” on the work table in the basement. Not sure if this qualifies as an egg, but it’s a nice detail.

everydayevil

On November 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

In the Thieves Guild there is a character named rune. Speak to him about his name and he will tell a story that is almost a word for word quote from the movie Spaceballs. From the scene when Loan Star tells princess Vespa about his childhood.

Jake

On November 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

At the Abandoned House in Markoth, after you do the quest that makes the demon throw objects at you, if u look at the table near the back of the first room theres chairs stacked on top of one another, Poltergiest easter egg!

Morah

On November 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

I found another possible easter egg. If you travel down the path from Hamvirs Rest then you will find a knocked over wagon with multiple cabbages on the ground. Could be a reference to Avatar The Last Airbender where there is a merchant who always screams “MY CABBAGES!!!” when they are knocked out of his wagon.

Luke Sinclair

On November 25, 2011 at 12:15 am

i went on this path and these wolves attacked me, it must be a reference to if wolves were attacking me.

Angus Moore

On November 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

ive had sex with nathan who is a very close and male sexual friend of mine. his recks my !!!

Angus Moore

On November 25, 2011 at 4:16 am

theres this part when you come across this guy whos cart has broken down and he requests your help if you go over and talk with him you ask him whats wrong and he tells you that the carts broken a wheel and if you could go and get someone to fix it simply press B when he asks that and reenter conversation it should give you the option to get on your knees pull down his pants and suck his .

Angus Moore

On November 26, 2011 at 1:57 am

i have sweaty balls which i play with for hours on end.

Omen

On November 26, 2011 at 2:04 am

Im watching you, dont turn around or you will die.

Daniel

On November 26, 2011 at 5:59 am

An easter egg that isn’t far from the beginning of the game is Embershard Mine, which is a reference to the Penny Arcade D&D Podcasts, along with a journal in the mine that states they reinforced their pillars with “bronze bottoms” (referencing the surname of one of the characters in the podcast).

Tony

On December 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

There is a stormcloak officer that asks you to go find his book that he lost , and on this journey you pik up a neclace called the jew

Jake

On December 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I was in ancient Nord ruins (I forget the exact name) and I found a ‘broken sword hilt’. It it just a sword handle with a small, sharp, jagged blade. It isn’t considered a weapon and isn’t a quest item, so I’m going to guess that it’s a reference to The Sword that was Broken from Lord of the Rings.

milo

On December 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

There’s a MadWoman roaming around the southeastern mountains, after getting the Wabbajack. She’ll say something funny like “Wabbajack Wabbajack Wabbajack Wabbajack”, and “Please, lord, I would be honored if you would use the Wabbajack on me.”

Corey

On December 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

have you noticed on the Burlap map they got a little “X”. I discovered one just NE of downstar and It gave me a rare Flame Cloak spell like Dunmer have but im argonian. It’s like a flame circling you and damages all opponants that get close. I found it very useful against the huge ice wraiths. Still im preety sure the “X”‘s on the map are hidden treasures and locations… check em out. and Milo: I got the wabbajack and found her she told me to use it so i turned her into a mudcrab and Elisiff (Jearl of solitude) into a bunny!!!! My follower killed me cuz i turned her into a deadra. Yeah that’s why you get drunk with Sam I think he’s in downstar. He’s Sanguine, the deadric prince of well read the tips. He gives you a rose that summons a deadra to fight for you when you need it. PLUS anybody know of a 2 player CO-OP mod for xbox as I want to cause mayhem with a friend???

Ben Decourteney

On December 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

i love penis!!!

bobby

On December 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

There is a eye on a rock that looks like the eyes litle sisters draw on the walls in bioshock. It is by the exit to the caves after you escape the dragon at the start of the game.

PrincessAudrii

On January 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Hey, Omen, I know the guards will say “I’m watching you.” if your bounty gets high but where did you ever get “Don’t turn around or you will die.” I’m a Dr Who fan and would love to know.

frank

On January 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

im not entirely sure if this is counts as an egg as opposed to a reference but have you noticed when you talk to the greybeards during the main quest when he says: “Winds guide you” this seems very familiar to what Tauren say in world of warcraft as well as the leader of the worgen(werewolves) of world of warcraft being Genn Graymane like the guys in White run with the companions, thought i’d point that out

Cody

On January 14, 2012 at 6:20 am

If you go and talk to the alchemist in skingrad, and ask her about skyrim, she will start talking about necrophilia, which me and her commenced once one of us was dead.

johnny

On January 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

In solitude in the blue place there should be a computer in a corner of the room somewhere where you can enter codes at which you have to find online you can get bioshock armor and or assassin creed armor from what I know

Zachary

On January 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Every single person who has posted on this is obviously retarded. You guys can’t spell, don’t know proper punctuation or grammar, and should probably be shot and left to die like in Fallout:New Vegas. You people are an embarrassment to the gaming community. Please, die.

BOSS

On January 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

IM ING AWESOME

superman

On January 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

not sure if this is an easter egg, but the eye of magnus may be a reference to the eye of sauron in Lord of The Rings

yea

On January 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

If you look in mirror in whiterun in a back room of Javascar sorry for spelling youll realize your pretty much all stupid and all butt a dew should stop breathing

Lyam

On January 29, 2012 at 2:22 am

Did anyone notice that you find sinderion *nirnroot guy from oblivion* In skyrim along with a new nirnroot and that the quest name is similar to what it was in oblivion.

Awesomite46

On February 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

I’m not sure it does do anything but if you go north up the trail from whiterun you can find Cicero where he is at a wagon with he night mother and his wheel o the wagons broken I’m not sure If reporting him to guards really does anything I’d like to know I it does

Awesomite46

On February 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

Another thing is that when your a werewolf the only way you can treat it is if you go really far in the companions quests an use the glenmoreil with heads and the for vampirism or sanguine vampirus or whatever can be curd by a potion but when you fully adapt to a vampire you can only be curd by become a werewolf O_O

Awesomite46

On February 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

Also my bro found out never start by training archery till your like lvl 20 you will get your wrecked and everything will be that much harder it will suck so now he’s dual wielding 2 daedric swords AND FOR MY AWESOME LITTLE CHEAT NY A LOAD OF IRON INGOTS AMD LEATHER STRIPS LIKE 2000 AND MAKE ING HUNDREDS OF IRON DAGGERS THAT WILL BRING YOUR SMITHING UP TO LIKE 100 AND YOU XAN MAKE ANYTHING YOU WANT PS daedric requires 5 ebony each piece and 1 daedra heart and 90 smithin also wuuthrad is a major overthrow from reg weapons BEACAUSE it has the same stats as a daedric battle-ax so better get that another thing is that to get daedra hearts go to the museum mission in dawnstar mehrunes spawns daedra for you to murder their faces off and steal their hearts there’s four daedra in total from the two outside and the two inside also there’s ebony ingots inside

Tom

On February 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I was playing skyrim and when I got to the dark brotherhood quest line telling me to go check cicero’s room and see where he went I found his first journal and read it and at the last page it tell you how you die in oblivion and that he is the biggest fan from the arena who (loves) you (as the grand champion) but it doesn’t tell you plainly you have to play oblivion to know. Cicero was the biggest fan and tricked you on going into a forest and he end up ting your throat and e is also apart of the dark brotherhood

AdonisKontos

On February 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

No one has mentioned one of the coolest and least obvious easter eggs in the game. There is an invisible chest (no lie) in Dawnstar. Directly to the left of the mine entrance hidden in some foliage. If you look on youtube you will find a video on how to find it. You can pick up nearly 400 pounds of random stuff and sell it.

Ninjawannabe

On February 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Actually, apparently lucien lechance has been in the elder scrolls games since morrowind. While not a major character, apparently he and a companion of his (can’t remember the name), could be found in morrowind. Also, a note written by lucien is found in morrowind.

Nafoe123

On March 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Has anyone noticed the sword held up by a skeletal arm north-east of bleakwind brain. its nothing special just a steel sword.its obvious that that is from the legend of king arthur

Omgswords

On March 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

WARNING: A EXPLOIT.
and must be a lv 15 to contain the legendary Oghma infinium
Definition:Exploit means that you do not play the game the way its played.

1)Buy a house(best to get one in White Run from Brill)
2)get the Oghma infinium and place it in the book shelf
3)select it and choose >do not read< then take it
4)Activate bookshelf and read Oghma infinium
5)Choose the path you want and store it in the bookshelf
6)repeat steps 2-5 till you got 100 of all skills.

Remember
Save every 5-10 times you do it in case you mess up…
It is hard to find the high elf blood to harvest so look on Uesp Wiki or at least it is spelled that way…

good luck

Jay Jay

On March 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

They left out the pac-man easter egg.

The metal mobster

On April 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I found out the tune in the the inns on skyrim is the same as the start of iron maiden fear of the dark got to be a Easter egg ps long live metal

Tyler Crain

On April 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

another Easter egg is the little girl in the dark brotherhood she is a reference to the vampire book INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE she is one of the main characters that the main character turns into a vampire.

david

On April 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Jawananin Solitude makes Little Mermaid references

plasmaticjohn

On April 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm

During the quest “The Silence has been broken” for the dark brotherhood, you search for a man named Amound Motierre. In oblivion, another dark brotherhood contract asked you to ‘fake’ Francois Motierre’s death with a poisoned blade, cure him later, and escort him out of the catacombs of the chapel, while other (More dead, so to speak) motierres attack him and yourself. Is Amound the kin of Francois??

VERY vonfuzled

On July 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

i found a troll under a bridge, and three goats crossing the bridge

a guy

On July 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

are they all real

FINLAND

On January 3, 2014 at 6:31 am

@Derka the song is Rangnar the Red, and the part of the song says “Now I think it’s high time that you lie down and bleed.” You were way off

me

On February 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

In one of the dwemer ruins there in a house like thing with sinderion’s skeleton in it and there is a book somewhere there that once you read it you will notice he mentions his research with nirnroots and in oblivion you can find him at an inn in skingrad i think and he gives you a quest to find ten nirnroot so he can do research which is what the book said and when you take the crimson nirnroot it gives you a quest to find 30 more.

Sabastion

On March 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Kolb and the Dragon can also be found in a house in Riften, on the lower level by the water. It isn’t the shop, or the place for the beggars, but I forget the name of who owns the house.