The Throat of the World (Quest)

In Brief

  1. Talk to Paarthuranx
  2. Learn the Word of Power from Paarthurnax
  3. Use your “Fire Breath” Shout on Paarthurnax
  4. Talk to Paarthurnax


First, you have to talk to Arngeir to learn the Clear Skies shout. Then, clear away the mist that blocks the gateway to Paarthurnax. Continue to blow away the mist as you continue to the Throat of the World by shouting when needed.

As it turns out,¬†Paarthurnax¬†is a dragon. He’ll explain that it is a custom among dragons to show each other their Thu’um before initiating a conversation, and that the elder should speak first. He’ll then release a gout of flame onto a wall, and by inspecting the words it left behind you can learn the Shout.

Now you’ll want to use your new shout on Paarthurnax. He will agree with the opinions voiced by the Greybeards that your voice is quite strong and offer to answer any questions you have.

Unfortunately, Paarthurnax doesn’t know Dragonrend either. In fact, he thinks the only way to learn the Shout would be to return to the beginning of the timewound on the Throat of the World. It was there that the first humans Paarthurnax taught to use the Thu’um defeated Alduin, and it was there that the Dragonrend shout was first used. We now learn some interesting lore about the Elder Scrolls themselves, but the basic idea is that if you can acquire an Elder Scroll and bring it back to him, he can cast you back to Alduin’s first defeat.

But, the dragon has no idea where to find an Elder Scroll. He suggests you talk to Arngeir or Esbern for more information.