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Candlekeep is a fictional location in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.


Candlekeep is a many towered fortress library that stands on a crag, looking down upon the Sea of Swords. The library is filled with books and scrolls of knowledge, and it was the home of the great seer Alaundo, who foresaw the coming of the Bhaalspawn. To gain entry to the halls of wisdom, a visitor must gift the library collection with a new tome of immense value.[1]

The path to Candlekeep is called the Way of the Lion.[1]

Other media[edit]

Candlekeep is an important city in Bioware's video game Baldur's Gate. It is a library-keep where the main character starts his or her adventure as it is the place in which he or she grew up. Situated on high cliffs at the Sword Coast one should finish all duties before leaving as entrance through the high walls of Candlekeep can only be bought with a book of epic costs.


  1. ^ a b Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. TSR, Inc. ISBN 1-56076-904-1