I'm currently playing through the Tending the Flames quest. I have reached the point where I'm in the room where Svaknir's body and soul are located, and the book should be, but it wasn't there.

I tried the console command tfc to go and look through the walls, and I saw the book had somehow dropped just below the floor.

Without replaying the whole tomb from the start, is there a way to just move that item using a console command to a place above the ground where I can take it? Or to just move it to my inventory? I want a risk free way of doing it, up to now my game hasn't had a single bug!


  • 4
    This game has entirely too many game breaking bugs.
    – Ender
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 20:21
  • 2
    @Ender I agree. However, the team behind the Unofficial Skyrim Patch is working on it. (Can't really count on Bethesda.) Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 9:30
  • If you haven't already, email them... support.bethsoft.com/eng/email.asp and link them to this. It might help, it might not but this game has been out for 4 months now and this is getting ridiculous. I almost feel like there should be a petition for this.
    – Dave
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 15:37
  • Just FYI, Bethesda seems to have fixed this in the latest patch (currently in beta).
    – brymck
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 16:47

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You should be able to use the tcl command to toggle clipping on your character. Go under the floor where the item fell and pick it up. Once you have it, return above the ground and enter tcl again, which will re-enable clipping.

  • its amazing with this game that we have to 'cheat' to really beat it legit, I've had to resort to this too on a couple items that just 'dropped out'
    – Jakub
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 20:19

For those on an XBOX or PS3, the same wiki page where you reference the quest actually has other suggestions for getting the verse back:

Using the Dawnbreaker anywhere in the dungeon and causing a corpse explosion effect triggers a bug that clips the verse into the floor, making it irretrievable and breaking the quest. When this bug appears simply walk back then kill the two undead with the Dawnbraker, return and the verse should be visible. Alternatively, use a fireball (or any other explosives) to "shake up things" and verse will fall out of the rock.

The verse is stuck underneath the ground. Using "tcl" (noclip) in console will let you dive under the surface to pick it up. Just be sure to turn noclip back on when you're on solid ground again.


The version patch seems to now have fixed this:

In Tending the Flames, King Olaf's Verse will no longer disappear from explosions.

If it's still missing despite having the latest patch installed, just 'teleport' King Olaf's Verse (the book) to you by using the console commands:

prid AE324
moveto player

Alternatively, you could also add it to your inventory using the ff: console command:

player.additem AE324 1

More info on console commands at UESP wiki's 'Console' article.

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