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According to wikia:

The second word allows the will of people and animals to be controlled. It makes them temporary allies to the Dragonborn

I have the three words in the shout. Not tried it on dragons yet, but I have tried it on some enemies like Draugr and end bosses in ruins etc. It doesn't work.

Can it actually be done or am I wasting time trying it?

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Draugr and neither people nor animals. There are numerous people in most settlements, why not try it on them? –  kotekzot Feb 20 '13 at 10:29
    
@kotekzot I will try it out mate. According to the statements I have read on what it will do then - these may be incorrect. It doesn't do what it says on the tin. –  Terry Feb 20 '13 at 10:34
    
I believe it won't work on any kind of undead, daedra or automaton, just like Illusion Spells. –  Rodrigo Guedes Feb 20 '13 at 17:59
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According to UESP, the 1st word will let you cleanse All-Maker Stones, the 2nd word will let you force NPCs and creatures to become your allies for 30 seconds, and the 3rd word will allow you to force dragons to be your allies and to ride them.

Draugrs aren't NPCs or creatures, they are animated inanimate objects lacking any will, so it's not surprising they cannot be controlled by the Bend Will shout. Additionally, it only seems to work on NPCs that are hostile and unnamed (guard, bandit).

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Draugrs are not objects. They are undead: uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Draugr –  Rodrigo Guedes Feb 20 '13 at 18:01
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@RodrigoGuedes that's sort of my point. –  kotekzot Feb 20 '13 at 18:47
    
Yes, I understood. It was just a minor clarification. –  Rodrigo Guedes Feb 20 '13 at 19:26
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