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The Gauldur Amulet was originally owned by the powerful wizard Archmage Gauldur during the First Era. His three sons Jyrik, Sigdis and Mikrul grew resentful of their father's power and murdered him in his sleep sometime during the reign of High King Harald (1E 143-1E 221). They divided his amulet between them and laid waste to the surrounding villages until the High King sent Archmage Geirmund and a company of battlemages to stop them.
After the three brothers were defeated, they were sealed away with the pieces of the amulet. The High King ordered that the whole affair be struck from the rolls of history, fearful of the terrible power of Gauldur's amulet, but the "Forbidden Legend" managed to live on through the ages. A Dunmer mage known as Daynas Valen dedicated his life to searching for the amulet. He died before he could fulfill his goal, but the Last Dragonborn managed to find all the fragments and reforge the Gauldur Amulet in 4E 201.
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