Skyrim modder brings some fresh tunes and poems to Tamriel

A bard performing in Skyrim.

A bard performing in Skyrim.

Modders have put an awful lot of effort into making sure Skyrim has continually evolved and expanded in the years since it was first released into the world.

Many have focused on changing the game by overhauling iconic quests, revamping menus, and adding interesting new mechanics to it, with a few even going as far as re-creating areas from previous Elder Scrolls games or giving players the ability to run around Tamriel as Batman.

For those who aren’t quite in the mood to have their entire playthrough turned upside down, a new mod, which brings some interesting new tomes to Skyrim’s libraries, might be worth adding to your load order.

Need some fresh reading material for your next trip to Skyrim?

The mod in question is called ‘Tunes of Skyrim’, and is the work of modder RachelMadii.

They’ve decided to turn the lyrics of several songs they think fit the vibe of the game into individual songbooks much like the base game’s Songs of the Return, with a traveller called Kaylia serving as the in-universe author and providing you with some additional context about each ballad.

While these texts aren’t entirely lore-friendly and bear a strong personal touch from RachelMadii, their titles suggest them to be the kind of folk songs and catchy oral histories that can help make a fantasy universe feel more alive, making for something fresh and interesting to collect and read in between quests.

If you’re not in the mood for ditties and jingles, RachelMadii has also recently added some iconic poems to the game in exactly the same way, with ‘Poetry of Skyrim’ giving you the chance to read works by the likes of Lord Byron and Edgar Allen Poe in-game.

This will no doubt impress your teachers by giving you a chance to do some English exam revision between dungeon delves, though the poems aren’t as likely to be as popular with lore sticklers as the aforementioned tunes, given their rather obvious out-of-game sources.

RachelMadii also has some rather ambitious future plans for both mods, with the addition of an NPC who’ll be able to perform these songs and poems to the player being on their bucket list.

For now, though, you’ll have to settle for being able to buy the books from either Sayma in Solitude or Urag gro-Shub at the College of Winterhold.

Regardless of whether you’re now countering one of Nazeem’s lines about the Cloud District with a line from a Shakespearan sonnet, make sure to follow us for more updates on The Elder Scrolls 6 and the interesting world of Skyrim modding. You can also check out our mods of the month for December 2022.

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