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I've let Arvel the Swift ran away after freeing him.

I didn't know he had the golden claw in his possesion.

So, now I can't complete that quest anymore... Where can I find him?

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After not finding Arvel after he ran away, but arriving at the puzzle door that requires the golden claw, I had to backtrack to the first room with Draugr. While in that room Arvel ran up to me and attacked. I killed him and got the claw... but still wonder where he'd been hiding! – user18022 Jan 9 '12 at 10:07
That's wierd I Followed him through a few rooms and he just turned around and attacked me, and he's not very fast for someone named 'Arvel the Swift' – CerberusN61 Apr 22 '14 at 4:52
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Keep moving along the path. You'll find he's met an unexpected fate at the hands of the denizens deeper within the barrow, allowing you to retrieve the claw again.

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Looks like they've hid him in a corner where I wouldn't look immediately, finally found him. – Tom Wijsman Nov 13 '11 at 0:07
Help, I still can't find him! What room is he in, please? – user14300 Nov 14 '11 at 16:49
@Hellp: You are going to have to check all bodies on the entire floor of the dungeon, it took me some time to notice that he got killed in a corner. He doesn't die on the same place, by the way... – Tom Wijsman Nov 14 '11 at 16:53
@hellp He seems to always die in the next room, either to a Draegr, to the door trap, or somehow in the corner on the left-hand side as you enter the room – David Fullerton Nov 14 '11 at 16:53
Getting piled into the corner appears to be the result of getting caught by the edge of the trap. It can impart quite a lot of force! – Ben Blank Nov 14 '11 at 17:05

For me, the game glitched.

I chased Arvel, followed him into the room with the draugr, watched him die, killed off the draugr, and his body was missing. I checked all around, only to find his body back in the spider web I cut him down from.

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