Who sends the letters in Skyrim through courier as Letter from Friend, locating new shouts?

You caused a bit of stir in <Location> when you demonstrated the power of your Thu'um. Not everyone is anxious for the return of the Dragonborn.

I for one desire to see you grow and develop your talents. Skyrim needs a true hero these days.

You should turn your attention to <Location>. I understand it holds a mysterious source of power that can only be unlocked by the Dragonborn.


A Friend

How does he know that I am Dragonborn?

2 Answers 2


He is a plot device. It is never explained who "A Friend" might be.

As for how he knows you're Dragonborn, well, it's not every day that you see somebody FUS RO DAH'ing left and right and absorbing dragon souls...

  • I could have sworn it was explained at some point... But I haven't played Skyrim since December, so... I'm probably mistaken.
    – Niro
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 14:38
  • @Fluttershy are you possibly confusing it with the greybeads, who separately send you to find shouts? there's also IIRC one or two shouts the Blades direct to you...
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 16:27
  • @MichaelEdenfield That is entirely possible, and quite likely.
    – Niro
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 17:11
  • Thanks @kotekzot , I tend to agree with the explanation , but can it be logically derived from entire story , as possible candidates .
    – atenz
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 16:40
  • Well, if we're going to theorycraft, then it is most certainly not a single person, since <Location> can be anything starting with the Throat of the World and ending with a Dark Brotherhood sanctuary. No single person could know what happens in all those places.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 16:58

The game never tells you who he is, but probably it's not someone with a name since you can meet this someone and you'll still receive letters, maybe It's a NPC like "Stormcloak Soldier" or even the courier.

I always thought it was the courier, and It's not hard for people to discover who is the dragonborn.

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