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Can every item in Skyrim be used for something? I find a lot of objects like ruined books, embalming tools, etc. that I haven't found a use for yet.

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Buckets, although seemingly useless, can be used to humanely blind people. – fredley Nov 25 '11 at 9:45
In the next update Bethesda will remove that "feature". – Xenox Nov 25 '11 at 12:03
@Xenox: can you quote a source for that? – Joachim Sauer Nov 25 '11 at 13:24
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Some items that seem useless at first do have a hidden use.

For example, ruined books can be used to create summon Atronach spell tomes

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Darn I wish I hadn't dumped those then... – Ivo Flipse Nov 26 '11 at 0:24

If you can pick it up, you probably need it.

Thulsa Broom — Holkins, Jerry; Krahulik, Mike (November 14, 2011). "Thulsa Broom". Penny Arcade.

But seriously? Unless it has no interesting value, leave them be. You'll get one when you need one.

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Ahahah, I immediately thought of this comic as well when I saw the question. – Josh1billion Nov 25 '11 at 14:19
The worst thing is that you have to check every chest, urn and body to see if there's anything worth taking... – Ivo Flipse Nov 26 '11 at 0:25
At least you can now see whether a container is empty or not before opening - a bit unrealistic, but it helps. Maybe the next game shows total container contents value? :) – Konerak Nov 27 '11 at 0:06
Maybe someone will mod in a broom dungeon? – Annan Jan 5 '12 at 14:47
This comic was lifted from Penny Arcade without any attribution, and the answer appears to completely miss the point of the question. I created a meta-discussion question to understand why this keeps getting up-voted and isn't just deleted. – user3389 Jan 5 '12 at 22:05

Once you learn Telekenesis you can 'use' all objects as projectiles.

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does that actually damage mobs? – MorganTiley Nov 25 '11 at 17:54
Lol, mobs. I'm not sure I haven't learned it yet. – fredley Nov 25 '11 at 19:52
It does damage monsters as well. But don't expect too much. – user4551 Jan 5 '12 at 7:51

Ruined books are used in atronach forge under the winterhold college.

The atronach forge provides a use for that "stupid" broom as well, actually!

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To be quite honest, all items have a use... depending on your taste of Medieval living, you can decorate your house with whatever you deem worthy!

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Burned books.. yay – user4551 Jan 5 '12 at 7:52

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