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Whilst journeying across the Sword Coast, Amn and Tethyr and completing your quest, you will find many many books. Combined these tomes contain vast amounts of background lore for the Forgotten Realms.

The contents of these books varies in significance:

  • Insignificant trivia – these are books that contain information on other events in Faerûn's history. You do not need to read them, but if you're into Forgotten Realms, you'll find them quite interesting.
  • Significant trivia – these books contain information that is relevant to the storyline, and may help you solve clues and puzzles in the game.
  • Quest – these books contain a variety of things but they all can be used to complete various quests.
  • Tomes – these books increase certain Ability Scores of the reader.

General booksEdit

These books appear in all Baldur's Gate games.

Image Name Significance
Book icon History of Calimshan Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Cormyr Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Dambrath Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Durpar and Var the Golden Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Estagund Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Gondegal the Lost King Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Halruaa Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Luiren Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Sembia Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale I Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale II Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale III Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale IV Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale V Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale VI Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale VII Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale VIII Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale IX Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale X Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale XI Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale XII Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Shadowdale XIII Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Tethyr Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Bell in the Depths Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Chosen of Mystra Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Dales and the Elven Court Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Dead Three Significant trivia
Book icon History of the Dragon Coast Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Drow I Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Drow II Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Fateful Coin Quest
Book icon History of the Last March of the Giants Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Moonsea Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North I Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North II Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North III Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North IV Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North V Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North VI Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North VII Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North VIII Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North IX Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the North X Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Red Ravens Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Sisters of Light and Darkness Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Unicorn Run Quest
Book icon History of the Valley of the Gods Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Vast Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Western Heartlands Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Zhentarim Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of the Ulgarth Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Amn Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Waterdeep I Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Waterdeep II Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Waterdeep III Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Waterdeep IV Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Waterdeep V Insignificant trivia
Book icon History of Waterdeep VI Insignificant trivia

Baldur's Gate and Enhanced Edition onlyEdit

These books appear only in Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Image Cover Title Extended Title Significance
Tome icon Manual of Bodily Health Tomes
Tome icon Manual of Gainful Exercise Tomes
Tome icon Manual of Quickness of Action Tomes
Tome icon Tome of Clear Thought Tomes
Tome icon Tome of Leadership and Influence Tomes
Tome icon Tome of Understanding Tomes
History of the Nether Scrolls icon History of the Nether Scrolls Quest
Book icon Yago's Book of Curses Quest
Book icon Dusty Book

Moved ne'er by rage and ne'er by anger,


Cold is the trait'rous doppelganger.

Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book

Too young to fight, except to fall,


Here died my son, young Fuernebol.

Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book

Islanne, my wife, I love you still.


'Twas just your form they made me kill.

Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book

Oh Kiel, Clan-prince of this dark tower,


You made your death your finest hour.

Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book

Soft walks the trait'rous doppelganger,


Into my dear son's practice chamber.

Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book

Foul mimic of the mortal man,


'Twas in my shape they killed Islanne.

Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Taste My Fear Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Know My Madness Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Face My Demons Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Seek No Heirs Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Seek No Exit Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Know No Refuge Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Feel No Warmth Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Dance With The Dead Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Know My Loss Significant trivia
Book icon Dusty Book Here fell Kiel the Legion-Killer Significant trivia
Book icon Balduran's Logbook Quest
Book icon The Recipes and Ruminations of One Dradeel of Tethyr Insignificant trivia
Book icon Dradeel's Spellbook Quest
Book icon Delorna's Spellbook Quest
Tome icon The Diary of Sarevok Significant trivia

Baldur's Gate II and Enhanced Edition onlyEdit

These books appear only in Baldur's Gate II and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.

Image Name Significance
Book of Infinite Spells item icon BG2 Book of Infinite Spells Can be used as an item
Book 3 item icon BG2 The Book of Kaza Quest
Book 5 item icon BG2 Golem Building Book Significant trivia
Tome of Amaunator Quest
Book 6 item icon BG2 Merella's Journal Quest
Book 4 item icon BG2 Orcish Cookbook Significant trivia
Book 1 item icon BG2 The Vapiricus Omnibus: Unabridged Quest
Book 1 item icon BG2 Dea Vampir Becomos Quest
Book 1 item icon BG2 Conjur Ota Servanta Quest
Book 1 item icon BG2 Lellyn's Journal Significant trivia
Book 1 item icon BG2 Book of King Strohm III Insignificant trivia
Elminster's Ecologies: Appendix IIIa Significant trivia
Holy Book Quest
Book 3 item icon BG2 History of the Imprisoned One Significant trivia
Book 5 item icon BG2 Madman's Journal
Carston's Journal
Jon Irenicus' Journal I item icon BG2 First Journal of Jon Irenicus
Jon Irenicus' Journal II item icon BG2 Second Journal of Jon Irenicus
Third Journal of Jon Irenicus
Lazarus's Spellbook
Umar Witch Project Journal
Book 6 item icon BG2 Yaga-Shura's Journal

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