When I came across Narzulbur, the Orcs there asked me to retrieve some gloves for them from Stony Creek Cave in order to become blood-kin and enter their fortress. I did so, and while clearing out the cave I also came across Finn's Lute. When I tried to put it in a dresser in my house for storage, the game told me I couldn't because it's a quest item.

After searching online I found that it is required to finish a quest given by Inge Six Fingers, in the Bard's College in Solitude. I've already finished the quest to gain entry to the Bard's College, so I went there and talked to her. She gave me the quest reward (quite a few skill increases), however the lute is still in my inventory (probably because I didn't have the quest before getting it).

So how can I get rid of Finn's Lute from my inventory, since the game won't let me drop it due to it being a quest item?

I tried talking to her multiple times, but each time she acts like I finished the quest (I only got the skill increases the first time, though).

  • I'm playing on Xbox 360, so unfortunately console commands are out of the question.
    – Adeese
    Dec 29, 2011 at 15:42
  • It happened to me with all 3 of the instruments from the Bard's College quest. Luckily, it doesn't add any weight...
    – Niro
    Dec 29, 2011 at 15:57

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This is a known bug

[PS3][XBox][PC] Finn's Lute may get stuck in your inventory, not allowing you to sell the item or drop it. Pickpocketing Finn's Lute after completing the quest will also make it permanently part of the player inventory. PC players can use the console command player.removeitem 000DABAB 1 to remove it. Console players are effectively stuck with it forever.


I talked to her and got my skill perks. After figuring out it was glitched, I used sneak at night and killed her. The quest then was marked as failed and cleared my quest que, even though I got the reward for it. I dropped the stupid lute from my inventory right next to her body.


Talk to Inge Six-Fingers. You can give the lute to her even after completing the bards' college line.


or get sent to jail and escape then take only everything but the lute out of the belongings chest

  • Is this just an idea, or is it something you've confirmed works? May 22, 2013 at 15:25

From the UESP wiki, "Finn's Lute - Bugs" article:

  • After you turn in the quest, the lute will remain in your inventory, still marked as a quest item.
  • Finding the lute before the quest is assigned may result in the lute being stuck your inventory as a quest item even after finding Inge Six Fingers and telling her you have found it.
  • Finding the lute early may also result the quest objective becoming stuck in your journal, even after returning the lute and receiving your reward.
    • This bug is fixed by version 1.2.1 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • To resolve this, click on the "I've found Finn's Lute" option in dialogue when you speak to Inge, rather than the "Why are you sad?" option. It works out just as if you had accepted the quest and then found it.
    • Alternatively, you can use the console code setstage BardsCollegeLute 40 after accepting the quest, which will update it to telling you to give Inge the lute, allowing the quest to proceed as normal.

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